Medicare Hearings to Begin
U.S. House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth (D-KY) says the House will begin holding hearings on expanding Medicare in the spring, with the goal of passing a bill by the end of 2020. One option could be to expand Medicare to those above age 50 or 55, he says. Lawmakers are waiting on an assessment from the Congressional Budget Office that will help lawmakers understand what variables they need to consider in expanding Medicare to more or all of the U.S. population. Several Democrats have introduced bills in the House and the Senate that would expand Medicare, but the definition of Medicare for All remains unclear.