KALW Radio, Your Call: The Democrats’ Social Spending Bill Would Expand Medicare and Medicaid and Lower the Cost of Prescription Drugs September 28, 2021
On this edition of Your Call, we’re discussing the latest on the Democrats’ $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill, which would expand Medicaid and Medicare coverage.
Under the bill, Medicare would finally cover dental, vision and hearing benefits, lower the eligibility age to 60 and have the power to renegotiate prescription drug prices. More than 60 million people, including older adults and younger adults with disabilities, rely on Medicare for coverage. Amber Christ, Directing Attorney of Justice in Aging’s Health Team, shares why adding an oral health benefit to Medicare Part B would expand coverage to 31 million low-income people who can’t afford to see a dentist.