S. 843 - Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act of 2015

Health. 114th Congress (2015-2016) View bill details
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Summary:
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to count a period of receipt of outpatient observation services in a hospital toward satisfying the 3-day inpatient hospital requirement for coverage of skilled nursing facility services under Medicare. (by CRS) 
Status:
The bill has been referred to committee. 
There have been no votes on this bill.

Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act of 2015

S. 843 — 114th Congress (2015–2016)

Summary
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to count a period of receipt of outpatient observation services in a hospital toward satisfying the 3-day inpatient hospital requirement for coverage of skilled nursing facility services under Medicare. (by CRS)
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Title
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to count a period of receipt of outpatient observation services in a hospital toward satisfying the 3-day inpatient hospital requirement for coverage of skilled nursing facility services under Medicare.
Other Titles
  • Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act of 2015
  • Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act of 2015
Sponsor
Sherrod Brown
Co-Sponsors
Subjects
  • Health
  • Health care coverage and access
  • Home and outpatient care
  • Hospital care
  • Long-term, rehabilitative, and terminal care
  • Medicare
Related Bills
Major Actions
Introduced3/24/2015
Referred to Committee
Bill History

There have been no votes on this bill.

ActionDateDescription
Introduced3/24/2015
3/24/2015Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.
3/24/2015Introduced in Senate
NumberSponsorDate OfferedStatus
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Contributions

  1. November - December 2010 For $449,903 Against $0
  2. January - February 2011 For $1,680,461 Against $0
  3. March - April 2011 For $3,731,622 Against $0
  4. May - June 2011 For $4,074,965 Against $0
  5. July - August 2011 For $1,685,964 Against $0
  6. September - October 2011 For $3,985,282 Against $0
  7. November - December 2011 For $3,635,513 Against $0
  8. January - February 2012 For $2,335,349 Against $0
  9. March - April 2012 For $4,180,280 Against $0
  10. May - June 2012 For $4,798,785 Against $0
  11. July - August 2012 For $3,869,822 Against $0
  12. September - October 2012 For $7,633,253 Against $0
  13. November - December 2012 For $1,009,117 Against $0
  14. January - February 2013 For $1,072,755 Against $0
  15. March - April 2013 For $3,333,449 Against $0
  16. May - June 2013 For $3,229,245 Against $0
  17. July - August 2013 For $1,726,233 Against $0
  18. September - October 2013 For $2,701,424 Against $0
  19. November - December 2013 For $2,607,216 Against $0
  20. January - February 2014 For $1,605,680 Against $0
  21. March - April 2014 For $3,291,720 Against $0
  22. May - June 2014 For $3,889,148 Against $0
  23. July - August 2014 For $2,343,479 Against $0
  24. September - October 2014 For $4,607,999 Against $0
  25. November - December 2014 For $948,054 Against $0
  26. January - February 2015 For $1,212,924 Against $0
  27. March - April 2015 For $2,617,137 Against $0
  28. May - June 2015 For $2,854,941 Against $0
  29. July - August 2015 For $1,314,181 Against $0
  30. September - October 2015 For $2,243,642 Against $0
  31. November - December 2015 For $2,158,394 Against $0
  32. January - February 2016 For $1,237,926 Against $0
  33. March - April 2016 For $2,557,107 Against $0
  34. May - June 2016 For $3,063,495 Against $0
  35. July - August 2016 For $1,956,693 Against $0
  36. September - October 2016 For $2,167,635 Against $0
  37. November - December 2016 For $181,170 Against $0

Votes

    38 Organizations Supported and 0 Opposed; See Which Ones

    Organizations that took a position on
    Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act of 2015

    38 organizations supported this bill

    AARP
    Undersigned organizations (2015, August 31). Observation 2-midnight rule modification coalition comment letter. Retrieved January 15, 2016, from Aging Life Care Association.
    AFL-CIO
    Undersigned organizations (2015, May 20). LCAO urging members to cosponsor Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act of 2015. Retrieved January 15, 2016, from Leadership Council of Aging Organizations.
    Alliance for Retired Americans
    Undersigned organizations (2015, August 31). Observation 2-midnight rule modification coalition comment letter. Retrieved January 15, 2016, from Aging Life Care Association.
    AMDA - The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine
    Undersigned organizations (2015, August 31). Observation 2-midnight rule modification coalition comment letter. Retrieved January 15, 2016, from Aging Life Care Association.
    American Case Management Association
    Undersigned organizations (2015, August 31). Observation 2-midnight rule modification coalition comment letter. Retrieved January 15, 2016, from Aging Life Care Association.
    American College of Emergency Physicians
    Undersigned organizations (2015, August 31). Observation 2-midnight rule modification coalition comment letter. Retrieved January 15, 2016, from Aging Life Care Association.
    American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
    Undersigned organizations (2015, May 20). LCAO urging members to cosponsor Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act of 2015. Retrieved January 15, 2016, from Leadership Council of Aging Organizations.
    American Foundation for the Blind
    Undersigned organizations (2015, May 20). LCAO urging members to cosponsor Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act of 2015. Retrieved January 15, 2016, from Leadership Council of Aging Organizations.
    American Health Care Association
    Undersigned organizations (2015, August 31). Observation 2-midnight rule modification coalition comment letter. Retrieved January 15, 2016, from Aging Life Care Association.
    American Postal Workers Union
    Undersigned organizations (2015, May 20). LCAO urging members to cosponsor Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act of 2015. Retrieved January 15, 2016, from Leadership Council of Aging Organizations.
    American Society on Aging
    Undersigned organizations (2015, May 20). LCAO urging members to cosponsor Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act of 2015. Retrieved January 15, 2016, from Leadership Council of Aging Organizations.
    Association for Gerontology & Human Development in Historically Black Colleges and Universities
    Undersigned organizations (2015, May 20). LCAO urging members to cosponsor Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act of 2015. Retrieved January 15, 2016, from Leadership Council of Aging Organizations.
    Association of Jewish Aging Services
    Undersigned organizations (2015, August 31). Observation 2-midnight rule modification coalition comment letter. Retrieved January 15, 2016, from Aging Life Care Association.
    B'nai B'rith International
    Undersigned organizations (2015, May 20). LCAO urging members to cosponsor Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act of 2015. Retrieved January 15, 2016, from Leadership Council of Aging Organizations.
    Center for Medicare Advocacy
    Undersigned organizations (2015, August 31). Observation 2-midnight rule modification coalition comment letter. Retrieved January 15, 2016, from Aging Life Care Association.
    International Association for Indigenous Aging
    Undersigned organizations (2015, May 20). LCAO urging members to cosponsor Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act of 2015. Retrieved January 15, 2016, from Leadership Council of Aging Organizations.
    Jewish Federations of North America
    Undersigned organizations (2015, August 31). Observation 2-midnight rule modification coalition comment letter. Retrieved January 15, 2016, from Aging Life Care Association.
    Justice in Aging
    Undersigned organizations (2015, August 31). Observation 2-midnight rule modification coalition comment letter. Retrieved January 15, 2016, from Aging Life Care Association.
    Leadership Council of Aging Organizations
    Undersigned organizations (2015, May 20). LCAO urging members to cosponsor Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act of 2015. Retrieved January 15, 2016, from Leadership Council of Aging Organizations.
    LeadingAge
    Undersigned organizations (2015, August 31). Observation 2-midnight rule modification coalition comment letter. Retrieved January 15, 2016, from Aging Life Care Association.
    Lutheran Services in America (LSA)
    Undersigned organizations (2015, August 31). Observation 2-midnight rule modification coalition comment letter. Retrieved January 15, 2016, from Aging Life Care Association.
    Medicare Rights Center
    Undersigned organizations (2015, August 31). Observation 2-midnight rule modification coalition comment letter. Retrieved January 15, 2016, from Aging Life Care Association.
    National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
    Undersigned organizations (2015, August 31). Observation 2-midnight rule modification coalition comment letter. Retrieved January 15, 2016, from Aging Life Care Association.
    National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association
    Undersigned organizations (2015, May 20). LCAO urging members to cosponsor Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act of 2015. Retrieved January 15, 2016, from Leadership Council of Aging Organizations.
    National Adult Day Services Association
    Undersigned organizations (2015, May 20). LCAO urging members to cosponsor Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act of 2015. Retrieved January 15, 2016, from Leadership Council of Aging Organizations.
    National Adult Protective Services Association
    Undersigned organizations (2015, May 20). LCAO urging members to cosponsor Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act of 2015. Retrieved January 15, 2016, from Leadership Council of Aging Organizations.
    National Association of Area Agencies on Aging
    Undersigned organizations (2015, August 31). Observation 2-midnight rule modification coalition comment letter. Retrieved January 15, 2016, from Aging Life Care Association.
    National Association of State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs
    Undersigned organizations (2015, August 31). Observation 2-midnight rule modification coalition comment letter. Retrieved January 15, 2016, from Aging Life Care Association.
    National Center for Assisted Living
    Undersigned organizations (2015, August 31). Observation 2-midnight rule modification coalition comment letter. Retrieved January 15, 2016, from Aging Life Care Association.
    National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare
    Undersigned organizations (2015, August 31). Observation 2-midnight rule modification coalition comment letter. Retrieved January 15, 2016, from Aging Life Care Association.
    National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care
    Undersigned organizations (2015, May 20). LCAO urging members to cosponsor Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act of 2015. Retrieved January 15, 2016, from Leadership Council of Aging Organizations.
    national hispanic council on aging
    Undersigned organizations (2015, May 20). LCAO urging members to cosponsor Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act of 2015. Retrieved January 15, 2016, from Leadership Council of Aging Organizations.
    OWL - The Voice of Midlife and Older Women
    Undersigned organizations (2015, May 20). LCAO urging members to cosponsor Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act of 2015. Retrieved January 15, 2016, from Leadership Council of Aging Organizations.
    services and advocacy for glbt elders
    Undersigned organizations (2015, May 20). LCAO urging members to cosponsor Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act of 2015. Retrieved January 15, 2016, from Leadership Council of Aging Organizations.
    Social Security Works
    Undersigned organizations (2015, May 20). LCAO urging members to cosponsor Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act of 2015. Retrieved January 15, 2016, from Leadership Council of Aging Organizations.
    Society of Hospital Medicine
    Undersigned organizations (2015, August 31). Observation 2-midnight rule modification coalition comment letter. Retrieved January 15, 2016, from Aging Life Care Association.
    Special Needs Alliance
    Undersigned organizations (2015, August 31). Observation 2-midnight rule modification coalition comment letter. Retrieved January 15, 2016, from Aging Life Care Association.
    United Church of Christ
    United Church of Christ (2015, August 6). Honoring our commitment to the dignity of older Americans. Retrieved January 15, 2016, from United Church of Christ.

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    Includes reported contributions to congressional campaigns of Senators in office during the 114th U.S. Congress, from interest groups invested in the vote according to MapLight, November 29, 2010 – November 28, 2016.
    Contributions data source: OpenSecrets.org

    Contributions by Legislator

    Namesort iconPartyState$ From Interest Groups
    That Supported
    $ From Interest Groups
    That Opposed
    Andrew Lamar AlexanderRTN$476,227$0
    Kelly AyotteRNH$941,910$0
    Tammy BaldwinDWI$2,065,434$0
    John BarrassoRWY$649,142$0
    Michael F. BennetDCO$2,089,595$0
    Richard BlumenthalDCT$1,054,521$0
    Roy BluntRMO$1,084,255$0
    Cory A. BookerDNJ$2,308,328$0
    John BoozmanRAR$296,588$0
    Barbara BoxerDCA$34,000$0
    Sherrod BrownDOH$2,821,435$0
    Richard BurrRNC$938,323$0
    Maria CantwellDWA$772,829$0
    Shelley Moore CapitoRWV$784,484$0
    Ben CardinDMD$868,360$0
    Tom CarperDDE$384,422$0
    Bob CaseyDPA$2,118,623$0
    Bill CassidyRLA$1,789,476$0
    Daniel CoatsRIN$100,200$0
    William Thad CochranRMS$483,834$0
    Susan M. CollinsRME$611,506$0
    Christopher A. CoonsDDE$977,153$0
    Bob CorkerRTN$855,578$0
    John CornynRTX$1,436,411$0
    Tom CottonRAR$858,104$0
    Mike CrapoRID$325,448$0
    Ted CruzRTX$1,409,899$0
    Steve DainesRMT$250,205$0
    Joe DonnellyDIN$963,464$0
    Dick DurbinDIL$1,367,172$0
    Mike EnziRWY$204,802$0
    Joni ErnstRIA$116,315$0
    Dianne FeinsteinDCA$879,526$0
    Deb FischerRNE$334,291$0
    Jeff FlakeRAZ$484,877$0
    Al FrankenDMN$1,181,178$0
    Cory GardnerRCO$568,205$0
    Kirsten E. GillibrandDNY$2,965,819$0
    Lindsey GrahamRSC$1,027,118$0
    Chuck GrassleyRIA$677,301$0
    Orrin G. HatchRUT$973,049$0
    Martin HeinrichDNM$953,093$0
    Heidi HeitkampDND$840,337$0
    Dean HellerRNV$479,860$0
    Mazie K. HironoDHI$1,108,714$0
    John HoevenRND$109,146$0
    Jim InhofeROK$200,500$0
    Johnny IsaksonRGA$734,310$0
    Ron JohnsonRWI$641,277$0
    Tim KaineDVA$3,113,143$0
    Angus S. King, Jr.IME$373,915$0
    Mark KirkRIL$715,511$0
    Amy KlobucharDMN$1,048,533$0
    James LankfordROK$433,186$0
    Patrick J. LeahyDVT$608,139$0
    Mike LeeRUT$375,756$0
    Joe Manchin, IIIDWV$521,898$0
    Ed MarkeyDMA$1,576,513$0
    John McCainRAZ$601,716$0
    Claire McCaskillDMO$3,585,161$0
    Addison "Mitch" McConnellRKY$2,067,490$0
    Bob MenéndezDNJ$1,893,042$0
    Jeff MerkleyDOR$580,583$0
    Barbara A. MikulskiDMD$121,250$0
    Jerry MoranRKS$319,489$0
    Lisa MurkowskiRAK$384,134$0
    Chris MurphyDCT$1,234,491$0
    Patty MurrayDWA$1,461,721$0
    Clarence "Bill" NelsonDFL$2,108,006$0
    Rand PaulRKY$595,492$0
    David PerdueRGA$451,007$0
    Gary C. PetersDMI$1,891,717$0
    Rob PortmanROH$1,522,569$0
    John "Jack" ReedDRI$483,545$0
    Harry ReidDNV$462,800$0
    Jim RischRID$71,500$0
    Charles "Pat" RobertsRKS$503,186$0
    Mike RoundsRSD$266,964$0
    Marco RubioRFL$896,737$0
    Bernie SandersIVT$221,870$0
    Ben SasseRNE$382,073$0
    Brian SchatzDHI$1,101,338$0
    Chuck SchumerDNY$2,264,631$0
    Tim ScottRSC$945,060$0
    Jeff SessionsRAL$101,803$0
    Jeanne ShaheenDNH$1,637,047$0
    Richard C. ShelbyRAL$278,000$0
    Debbie StabenowDMI$1,399,762$0
    Dan SullivanRAK$359,918$0
    Jon TesterDMT$1,641,076$0
    John ThuneRSD$486,425$0
    Thom TillisRNC$760,139$0
    Patrick J. ToomeyRPA$1,579,792$0
    Tom UdallDNM$800,648$0
    David VitterRLA$238,842$0
    Mark R. WarnerDVA$1,572,686$0
    Elizabeth WarrenDMA$4,032,097$0
    Sheldon WhitehouseDRI$694,204$0
    Roger F. WickerRMS$270,098$0
    Ron WydenDOR$1,358,616$0

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    NamePartyState$ From Interest Groups
    That Supported
    $ From Interest Groups
    That Opposed
    Andrew Lamar AlexanderRTN$476,227$0
    Kelly AyotteRNH$941,910$0
    Tammy BaldwinDWI$2,065,434$0
    John BarrassoRWY$649,142$0
    Michael F. BennetDCO$2,089,595$0
    Richard BlumenthalDCT$1,054,521$0
    Roy BluntRMO$1,084,255$0
    Cory A. BookerDNJ$2,308,328$0
    John BoozmanRAR$296,588$0
    Barbara BoxerDCA$34,000$0
    Sherrod BrownDOH$2,821,435$0
    Richard BurrRNC$938,323$0
    Maria CantwellDWA$772,829$0
    Shelley Moore CapitoRWV$784,484$0
    Ben CardinDMD$868,360$0
    Tom CarperDDE$384,422$0
    Bob CaseyDPA$2,118,623$0
    Bill CassidyRLA$1,789,476$0
    Daniel CoatsRIN$100,200$0
    William Thad CochranRMS$483,834$0
    Susan M. CollinsRME$611,506$0
    Christopher A. CoonsDDE$977,153$0
    Bob CorkerRTN$855,578$0
    John CornynRTX$1,436,411$0
    Tom CottonRAR$858,104$0
    Mike CrapoRID$325,448$0
    Ted CruzRTX$1,409,899$0
    Steve DainesRMT$250,205$0
    Joe DonnellyDIN$963,464$0
    Dick DurbinDIL$1,367,172$0
    Mike EnziRWY$204,802$0
    Joni ErnstRIA$116,315$0
    Dianne FeinsteinDCA$879,526$0
    Deb FischerRNE$334,291$0
    Jeff FlakeRAZ$484,877$0
    Al FrankenDMN$1,181,178$0
    Cory GardnerRCO$568,205$0
    Kirsten E. GillibrandDNY$2,965,819$0
    Lindsey GrahamRSC$1,027,118$0
    Chuck GrassleyRIA$677,301$0
    Orrin G. HatchRUT$973,049$0
    Martin HeinrichDNM$953,093$0
    Heidi HeitkampDND$840,337$0
    Dean HellerRNV$479,860$0
    Mazie K. HironoDHI$1,108,714$0
    John HoevenRND$109,146$0
    Jim InhofeROK$200,500$0
    Johnny IsaksonRGA$734,310$0
    Ron JohnsonRWI$641,277$0
    Tim KaineDVA$3,113,143$0
    Angus S. King, Jr.IME$373,915$0
    Mark KirkRIL$715,511$0
    Amy KlobucharDMN$1,048,533$0
    James LankfordROK$433,186$0
    Patrick J. LeahyDVT$608,139$0
    Mike LeeRUT$375,756$0
    Joe Manchin, IIIDWV$521,898$0
    Ed MarkeyDMA$1,576,513$0
    John McCainRAZ$601,716$0
    Claire McCaskillDMO$3,585,161$0
    Addison "Mitch" McConnellRKY$2,067,490$0
    Bob MenéndezDNJ$1,893,042$0
    Jeff MerkleyDOR$580,583$0
    Barbara A. MikulskiDMD$121,250$0
    Jerry MoranRKS$319,489$0
    Lisa MurkowskiRAK$384,134$0
    Chris MurphyDCT$1,234,491$0
    Patty MurrayDWA$1,461,721$0
    Clarence "Bill" NelsonDFL$2,108,006$0
    Rand PaulRKY$595,492$0
    David PerdueRGA$451,007$0
    Gary C. PetersDMI$1,891,717$0
    Rob PortmanROH$1,522,569$0
    John "Jack" ReedDRI$483,545$0
    Harry ReidDNV$462,800$0
    Jim RischRID$71,500$0
    Charles "Pat" RobertsRKS$503,186$0
    Mike RoundsRSD$266,964$0
    Marco RubioRFL$896,737$0
    Bernie SandersIVT$221,870$0
    Ben SasseRNE$382,073$0
    Brian SchatzDHI$1,101,338$0
    Chuck SchumerDNY$2,264,631$0
    Tim ScottRSC$945,060$0
    Jeff SessionsRAL$101,803$0
    Jeanne ShaheenDNH$1,637,047$0
    Richard C. ShelbyRAL$278,000$0
    Debbie StabenowDMI$1,399,762$0
    Dan SullivanRAK$359,918$0
    Jon TesterDMT$1,641,076$0
    John ThuneRSD$486,425$0
    Thom TillisRNC$760,139$0
    Patrick J. ToomeyRPA$1,579,792$0
    Tom UdallDNM$800,648$0
    David VitterRLA$238,842$0
    Mark R. WarnerDVA$1,572,686$0
    Elizabeth WarrenDMA$4,032,097$0
    Sheldon WhitehouseDRI$694,204$0
    Roger F. WickerRMS$270,098$0
    Ron WydenDOR$1,358,616$0

    Interest Groups that supported this bill

    $ Donated
    Attorneys & law firms$57,657,794
    Other physician specialists$10,272,691
    Physicians$9,118,059
    Women's issues$8,250,935
    Nursing homes$3,257,123
    Health care services$2,276,678
    US Postal Service unions & associations$1,530,000
    Health, Education & Human Resources$1,301,294
    Federal employees unions$1,123,000
    Gay & lesbian rights & issues$815,726
    Health & welfare policy$547,752
    Churches, clergy & religious organizations$525,766
    State & local govt employee unions$455,196
    Military$280,073
    Elderly issues/Social Security$224,126
    Labor Unions$197,000
    Public official (elected or appointed)$113,000
    Human Rights$45,000
    Consumer groups$750

    Interest Groups that opposed this bill

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