With a Democrat majority in the House and the 2020 election closer each day, a renewed interest and energy for expanding public health care programs is emerging in current proposed legislation. Proposals cover a broad scope, ranging from creating a national Medicare-for-all plan to allowing people to buy into public plans such as Medicare and/or Medicaid. The Kaiser Family Foundation recently put together a tool to compare current legislation and will add in future bills as they’re introduced.
There are currently five bills compared that are grouped into four general categories:
- Medicare-for-all, a single national health insurance program for all U.S. residents:
- Medicare for All Act of 2019 by Rep. Jayapal, H.R. 1384
- A new public plan option, based on Medicare, that would be offered to individuals through the ACA marketplace:
- Keeping Health Insurance Affordable Act of 2019 by Sen. Cardin, S. 3
- A Medicare buy-in option for older individuals not yet eligible for the current Medicare program:
- A Medicaid buy-in option that states can elect to offer to individuals through the ACA marketplace:
For more information, check out KFF’s interactive tool: Compare Medicare-for-All and Public Plan Proposals.