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    This page contains bills sponsored by incumbent Senators who are running for re-election in 2008, plus House incumbents running for Senate in 2008. Bill sponsorships indicate the topics that legislators are most interested in, and spend the most time on. These bills are selected as the "signature issue" that each legislator focused on.

08-S3101 on Jun 6, 2008

Signature Legislation: including mental health services under Medicare
Source: Medicare Improvements for Patients & Providers Act (S.3101)
A bill to extend expiring provisions under the Medicare program, to improve beneficiary access to preventive and mental health services, to enhance low-income benefit programs, and to maintain access to care in rural areas, including pharmacy access.
  • Provides for gradual elimination of co-payment rates for Medicare psychiatric services.
  • Provides for application of a full low-income subsidy assets test under the Medicare Savings Program.
  • Eliminates Medicare part D (Voluntary Prescription Drug Benefit Program) late enrollment penalties paid by subsidy-eligible individuals.
  • Authorizes awarding grants to states for increasing the delivery of mental health services or other health care services to meet the needs of veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom living in rural areas.
  • Legislative Outcome: Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008: Related bills: H.R.6212, H.R.6331; became Public Law 110-275 on 7/15/2008.

    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 5. Question 5: Expand ObamaCare Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Health Care
  • Headline: Include mental health services under Medicare (Score: 1)
  • Headline 2: Include mental health services under Medicare (Score: 1)

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
  • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
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  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.

Democrats participating in 08-S3101

Max Baucus s1iMT Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Jeff Bingaman s2oNM Democratic Sr Senator (Retiring) 
Danny Davis s2oIllinois Democrat 
John Dingell s2oMichigan Democrat 
Sheila Jackson Lee s1iTexas Democrat 
Charles Rangel s1iNew York Dem./Lib./Working-Families 
John Rockefeller s2oWV Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Ciro Rodriguez s2oTexas Democrat (until 2010) 
Ed Towns s2oNew York Democrat/Liberal (Retiring) 

Republicans participating in 08-S3101

Gordon Harold Smith s2oOR Former Republican Senator (lost re-election, 2008) 
Olympia Snowe s2oME Republican Sr Senator 

Independents participating in 08-S3101

Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 9
Republicans: 2
Independents: 0

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