Hartzler Supports Key Health Care & Veterans Legislation
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) this week supported legislation to enhance care for veterans and expand Americans’ access to affordable health care. The House passed H.R. 5693, the Long-Term Care Veterans Choice Act; H.R. 6199, the Restoring Access to Medication and Modernizing Health Savings Accounts Act of 2018; and H.R. 6311, the Increasing Access to Lower Premium Plans and Expanding Health Savings Accounts Act of 2018.
The Long-Term Care Veterans Choice Act would expand veterans’ access to Medical Foster Homes (MFH), which serve as an alternative to nursing home care for veterans unable to live without day-to-day assistance. Currently, veterans enrolled in Home Based Primary Care through the VA may elect to receive their care through these foster homes, but veterans eligible for nursing home care cannot. Elderly care for veterans through these foster homes costs the VA significantly less than institutional care.
“Medical Foster Homes for veterans have been a great success, and I’m pleased to see the program expanded under the Long-Term Care Veterans Choice Act,” Hartzler said. “This bill will give more veterans the choice to live and receive daily care in a home setting with a licensed caregiver, rather than in an institutional setting,” added Hartzler
The two Health Savings Account (HSA) bills the House passed would almost double the contribution limit for an HSA from $3,450 to $6,650 for an individual, and from $6,900 to $13,300 for families. These bills also expand access to HSAs by allowing employed seniors in the Medicare Part A program to contribute to HSAs and allowing individuals with a bronze Obamacare plan or a private catastrophic health care plan to also be eligible for an HSA. The proposals would also remove the Obamacare restriction on using an HSA to purchase over-the-counter medications.
“I am also pleased to support enhanced access to affordable health care for Americans through the two bills we passed regarding Health Savings Accounts, that way people can set aside money tax-free that can be used for medical expenses. These pieces of legislation give people more options, including the ability to buy lower priced catastrophic health plans and the ability to purchase over the counter medications through a HSA. I’m glad we were able to take proactive steps to help individuals access affordable health insurance and I will continue to work to bring down health care costs for all Americans,” Hartzler said.
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