Medicare may soon be an option for more families if legislation introduced by U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin passes. Senator Baldwin has introduced new legislation aimed at helping those above the poverty line access fairly priced health insurance. The Choice Medicare Act, drafted by Baldwin in collaboration with senators from Oregon and Connecticut, would allow those who were not previously financially eligible for Medicaid or Medicare to choose to enroll in the program. It would also allow employers to offer Medicare for their employees. Senator Baldwin says she hopes this option would both allow for better coverage choices and create more competition to help drive down private insurance costs as well.
Baldwin says Medicare is often rated as the most popular and efficient insurance system. She has previously supported creation of a public insurance option as well as expanding Medicare coverage to those over 50 rather than just those over 64.