Congressman McGovern has been a strong proponent of increasing access to affordable health care for our families and small businesses. Jim voted to prohibit insurance companies from denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions or raising their premiums when someone gets sick. He supported improving Medicare benefits by closing the “donut hole” in the prescription drug benefit; allowing young people to stay on their parents’ insurance until the age of 26; and extending coverage to the uninsured. Congressman McGovern will continue to work hard to make health care more affordable for all by cutting costs for small businesses and investing in new technologies.
Jim McGovern has helped spur investments in cutting-edge medical technologies in Massachusetts, including genetic disease research at UMass Memorial, “untethered” health care at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, battlefield chemical detections devices for our soldiers, and state-of-the-art prosthetics for wounded veterans.
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UPDATE 11/25/13: Rep. McGovern announced that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will be extending the date that consumers can enroll in a health plan to receive coverage beginning January 1, from December 15 to December 23.
“This extension is great news for Americans enrolling in quality, affordable coverage for themselves and their families,” said Rep.McGovern. “This common-sense, consumer-oriented change will give more time and greater confidence to those who need uninterrupted coverage with a new plan, and those enrolling in health coverage for the first time.”
As technical challenges with the website are resolved, the extension provides an extra eight days to sign up for coverage that starts on January 1—giving consumers more time to review plan options, talk with their families, providers or enrollment assistors, and enroll in the plan that’s right for them.
State-based marketplaces will also have the option to extend the deadline beyond December 23, if they can work it out with their health plans. More than four months remain in the open enrollment period for 2014, with open enrollment not ending until March 31, 2014.
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