New Tool Available to Compare Medicare-for-All & Other Public Health Plan Proposals

New Tool Available to Compare Medicare-for-All & Other Public Health Plan Proposals

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:
    • Medicare at 50 Act by Sen. Stabenow, S. 470
    • Medicare Buy-In and Health Care Stabilization Act of 2019 by Rep. Higgins, H.R. 1346
  • A Medicaid buy-in option that states can elect to offer to individuals through the ACA marketplace:
    • State Public Option Act by Sen. Schatz, S. 489 and Rep. Luján, H.R. 1277.

For more information, check out KFF’s interactive tool: Compare Medicare-for-All and Public Plan Proposals.

Our blogger Karen J. Fletcher is CHA's publications consultant. She provides technical expertise, writing and research on Medicare, health disparities and other health care issues. With a Masters in Public Health from UC Berkeley, she serves in health advocacy as a trainer and consultant. See her current articles.