Friday, August 22, 2014 at 08:21AM
Jeanne Shaheen’s Obamacare Vote Jeopardizes New Hampshire Seniors
Medicare Advantage Cuts: New Hampshire is among the states with the highest Medicare Advantage enrollees in New England. Approximately 15,000 Granite State seniors participate in Medicare Advantage, a type of private supplemental health insurance that pays for Medicare hospital inpatient and outpatient services.
- In 2015 Medicare rates are expected to be cut by 3.55 percent. (Alex Wayne and Caroline Chen, “Humana, UnitedHealth Face About 3.6% Advantage Rate Cuts,” Bloomberg, 2/21/14)
- Obamacare cuts nearly three-quarters of a trillion dollars ($716 billion) out of Medicare, particularly targeting Medicare Advantage, a program New Hampshire seniors know and rely upon. (Douglas Elmendorf, Letter To Speaker John Boehner, Congressional Budget Office, 7/24/12)
- At least one major Medicare Advantage provider in in New Hampshire announced they would drop Medicare Advantage plans. (Robert Weisman, “Harvard Pilgrim Cancels Medicare Advantage Plan,” The Boston Globe, 9/28/10)
- Nearly 7,600 Medicare Advantage patients in New Hampshire received notice that their Medicare Advantage plans would be cut. (Julie Hanson, “Medicare Questions Keep on Coming,” The Union Leader, 11/9/11)
Cuts to Home Health Services: In New Hampshire and across the country, nearly 3.5 million seniors rely on home health care services.
Obamacare cuts 14 percent—nearly $22 billion—from Medicare home health care over four years. (Dan Weber, “Medicare Cuts Home Health Care for Millions of Seniors,” The Washington Times, 2/28/14)
Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB): Obamacare created the IPAB, an independent unelected board of 15 bureaucrats, tasked with making arbitrary cuts to Medicare
- Congress can only overturn IPAB decisions by a three-fifths supermajority vote in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.
Senator Shaheen’s Record
Shaheen Voted for Medicare Cuts: Senator Shaheen was the deciding vote to ensure the passage of Obamacare, which cut $716 billion from Medicare. (H.R. 3590, Roll Call Vote #396: Passed 60-39, 12/24/09, Shaheen Voted Yea)
Shaheen Opposed Amendments to Prevent Medicare Cuts:
- 2010: Shaheen voted against an amendment to prevent Medicare Advantage cuts. (H.R. 4872, Roll Call Vote #72: Motion To Table Agreed To 56-42, 3/24/10, Shaheen Voted Yea)
- 2009: Shaheen voted no on a measure to allow Medicare Advantage enrollees to retain existing benefits. (H.R. 3590, Roll Call Vote #370: Rejected 42-57, 12/8/09, Shaheen Voted Nay)
- 2009: Shaheen voted against an amendment to prevent Medicare Cuts, including Medicare Advantage cuts. (H.R. 3590, Roll Call Vote #358: Motion Rejected 42-58, 12/3/09, Shaheen Voted Nay)