Brian Higgins

In Manchester, Larson And Courtney Pitch Medicare Buy-In At Age 50

In Manchester, Larson And Courtney Pitch Medicare Buy-In At Age 50

At Manchester Memorial Hospital Monday, Reps. John Larson and Joe Courtney proposed what they see as a common sense solution to the health care debate that has ensnarled Congress: a Medicare buy-in beginning at age 50.

Under the proposal, customers ages 50-64 in the individual insurance market would have the option to pay premiums and buy Medicare insurance coverage. Small businesses could also buy Medicare coverage for their older employees.

Because new customers must pay premiums, the proposed legislation is budget neutral and would not add to the national deficit, Courtney said, a major selling point as the Democratic congressmen solicit Republican support for their...

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