U.S. Rep. Bill Enyart (D-Illinois) released a statement after the Department of Health and Human Services announced that Medicare Part B monthly premium and deductible will remain unchanged for the second consecutive year.
The department also announced that the Medicare Part A premium, which pays for inpatient hospital, skilled nursing facility, and some home health care services, will see a decrease in cost.
“Countless constituents from across Southern Illinois write, call, and email me about the skyrocketing costs of health care,” Enyart said. “Today, I am pleased to see that HHS has announced yet another year of static and even decreased costs for parts of Medicare. This shows yet again that Medicare is working.
“This announcement means more money in the pockets of our seniors and those on fixed incomes. Since 2010, over 8.2 million Medicare enrollees have saved more than $11.5 billion on prescription drugs alone — and we have Medicare to thank.”
In April, Enyart took to the floor of the House of Representatives to fight for Medicare and Medicare Advantage — citing the administration’s proposed cuts to the program.
“122,380 constituents from the 12th district of Illinois participate in the Medicare program,” stated Enyart in April. “That’s one out of every seven people in my district ... Medicare gives these citizens the opportunity to receive essential medical care and to take part in preventive care programs designed to maintain good health, which lowers the cost of health care.”