Sending Office: Honorable John Lewis
Help Reduce Rural and Minority Health Disparities
I invite you to cosponsor H.R. 3910, the Equality in Medicare and Medicaid Treatment Act of 2019. This bill would direct the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) to develop payment models that address social determinants of health and reduce
minority and rural health disparities.
The Equality in Medicare and Medicaid Treatment Act requires CMMI to test and implement new models that
expand access to care and include experts in health disparities and social determinants of heath in the development process. It will also require CMMI to evaluate the fairness of these new payment methods for high-risk patients, patients from racial
or ethnic minorities, and patients from rural communities.
As you know, Public Law 114-10, the bipartisan Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), replaced the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate and authorized CMMI to develop several new Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement models. Aiming to reward
value and quality instead of volume, these new payment models intend to save federal resources while improving care and outcomes for beneficiaries. To be sure, these new models also represent substantive changes to hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of
Medicare payments and will surely have dramatic effects on health care delivery. Congress must guarantee and encourage the adoption of positive incentives that improve the health of patients from
all communities and from all backgrounds.
The Equality in Medicare and Medicaid Treatment Act will help improve the health and wellbeing for all Medicare beneficiaries and reduce systemic barriers to care. This legislation is necessary step to help preserve the integrity and quality of medical
care of our most vulnerable Medicare beneficiaries.
I hope that you will join me in supporting this important legislation. For more information about the Equality in Medicare and Medicaid Treatment Act, please contact Thomas Dorney in my office at x5-3801 or
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