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Ways and Means Committee Passes Bipartisan Tiberi Bills to Strengthen Medicare Programs

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Washington, July 13, 2017 | Olivia Hnat | comments
Today the Committee on Ways and Means unanimously passed several bipartisan bills to strengthen Medicare programs, including provisions Health Subcommittee Chairman Pat Tiberi authored to reauthorize Medicare Special Needs Plans and protect patient access to infused medications for vulnerable beneficiaries.
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Today the Committee on Ways and Means unanimously passed several bipartisan bills to strengthen Medicare programs, including provisions Health Subcommittee Chairman Pat Tiberi authored to reauthorize Medicare Special Needs Plans and protect patient access to infused medications for vulnerable beneficiaries. 

Tiberi’s bipartisan bill, H.R. 3168, the Special Needs Plans Reauthorization Act, passed the Ways and Means Committee by voice vote. This legislation provides the longest reauthorization of the Medicare SNP program since its creation in 2003, while also improving the quality of care provided to vulnerable seniors and patients living in poverty or with a chronic illness.

During today’s markup, Tiberi said:

“Since 2003, SNP enrollment has continued to grow. In 2016, nearly 2.3 million Medicare beneficiaries were enrolled in a SNP. The majority of these enrollees were individuals eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid, a population commonly referred to as dual-eligibles. Dual-eligibles are among the highest-cost, highest- need beneficiaries in both programs.

“At our hearing in June, the Health Subcommittee examined some of the challenges associated with care coordination and delivery for this population. Witnesses testified that, while this varies state to state, the SNP program lacks the necessary coordination of Medicare and Medicaid benefits to best serve the dual population—and we listened. 

“This bipartisan legislation sets the SNP program on a better, more permanent path to integration for the dual population than it is currently on today. And it also pushes SNPs to be more outcome driven when caring for beneficiaries with chronic illnesses who are enrolled in Chronic Condition SNPs. In addition to these very important changes, my bill further expands the type of benefits plans may offer to help improve the health outcomes of enrollees with chronic illnesses. 

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“As the Medicare population continues to grow, it is important that we look at how we can move from volume to value-based care across all parts of the Medicare program. I want to thank all of my colleagues for reaching across the aisle to advance these important Medicare policies. I look forward to continuing to work in this Committee and in my subcommittee on additional bills to improve Medicare and advance Member priorities that will strengthen the program.”


CLICK HERE to watch Rep. Tiberi’s full remarks on H.R. 3168. 
CLICK HERE to read a section-by-section of H.R. 3168. 

In addition, Tiberi’s bill to create a new transitional payment structure for providers of home infusion services was included in H.R. 3178, the Medicare Part B Improvement Act of 2017. H.R. 3178, introduced by Chairman Kevin Brady, also passed the Ways and Means Committee by voice vote.

Today, Tiberi said:

“The 21st Century Cures Act created a new reimbursement benefit for home infusion therapies beginning in 2021. This new temporary transitional payment will help close the gap in care for beneficiaries, and home infusion providers will continue to administer these therapies without risk of going bankrupt. 

“I’d like to thank my colleagues on the Ways and Means Committee for their support. I’d also like to thank my colleagues on the Energy and Commerce Committee for their commitment to working on this issue, especially my counterpart Subcommittee Chairman Michael Burgess, and Chairman Emeritus Fred Upton, who helped pave the way for these policies with passage of the 21st Century Cures Act. 

“It is important to note that this is not the end for policies encouraging care, especially drug infusion, in the home for patients who choose to do so. We look forward to working with the Administration in clarifying current rules to ensure successfully implementing this and future policies to include these payments for all drugs needed by this home infusion patient community.”


CLICK HERE to watch Rep. Tiberi’s full remarks on H.R. 3178. 
CLICK HERE to read a section-by-section of H.R. 3178.

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