On May 17, 2023, Rep. Pramila Jayapal, Rep. Debbie Dingell, and Sen. Bernie Sanders introduced the Medicare for All Act (H.R. 3421) in the U.S. House. The bill aims to establish a Medicare-for-all national health insurance program that would expand the existing Medicare program to everyone in the United States and allow them to obtain primary, vision, dental, reproductive, and mental healthcare; prescription drugs; substance abuse treatment; and more. The Medicare for All Act of 2023 also includes universal coverage of long-term care with no cost-sharing for older Americans and individuals with disabilities. It prioritizes home and community-based care over institutional care. More than half of the Democratic caucus (112) in the House has signed on as co-sponsors of the bill, including 13 powerful ranking members of congressional committees. The only WA co-sponsor is Adam Smith, CD9. So if you are not in CD9, please call or write your Congressional Representative today to support this important Federal Legislation: H.R. 3421 Medicare for All 2023.
The bill was also introduced in the Senate by Sen. Bernie Sanders (S.1655) and fourteen of his colleagues on May 12, 2023. Senator Patty Murray and Senator Maria Cantwell are not co-sponsors. Please call or write your Senators to encourage their support for S.1655 Medicare for All 2023.
Watch the bill introduction: