Means testing Medicare expasion is the wrong move
Part of the Democrats’ go it alone “human” infrastructure bill would expand Medicare access to dental, hearing and vision. However there are calls from parts of those industries and centrists in Congress to limit access through means testing. Max Richtman, president and CEO of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare in Washington DC, argues this is the wrong approach.
In nutshell, limiting access will in the end be more costly to Medicare through increased health complications resulting from seniors living on fixed incomes forgoing necessary treatments to be able to eat properly, see and hear well to avoid accidents. Service providers would benefit despite potentially lower fees from additional business.
“Medicare beneficiaries with incomes exceeding $39,000 per year should not be locked out of new benefits because some members of Congress see only…