RECENT VOTES

Medicare

On Thursday, the House considered H.R. 3631: Medicare Premium Fairness Act. This legislation would help a number of senior citizen Medicare Part B recipients who are soon scheduled to see an increase in their monthly premiums. These increases will be felt all the more because there will be no Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) to Social Security benefits next year.

Many Part B enrollees have their premiums deducted directly from their Social Security check, and would therefore experience a net loss each month if Medicare premiums are allowed to rise while Social Security payments remain the same. H.R. 3631 extends a “hold harmless” provision to all Part B recipients to ensure that their premiums will stay at 2009 levels. The cost of this bill is offset according to PAYGO rules, and I believe it is an appropriate action to take so that we can protect seniors in these tough economic times.

I voted YES. H.R. 3631 passed in the House under suspension of the rules and the entire vote is recorded below:

  YEA NAY PRESENT NOT VOTING
DEMOCRAT

245

5

0

5

REPUBLICAN

161

13

0

3

TOTAL

406

18

0

8

MASSACHUSETTS
DELEGATION

9

0

0

1