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Larson, Courtney want to extend Medicare age eligibility

BY Patricia Daddona

8/11/2017
PHOTO | HBJ File
PHOTO | HBJ File
John Larson, U.S. Rep., D-CT
As efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act stall, two Connecticut Congressmen are proposing to expand Medicare access to Americans aged 50 to 64.

U.S. Reps. John Larson and Joe Courtney are proposing that 65, the current age for which Americans are eligible for coverage, be dropped to 50.

Their proposal, which they will put forth Monday, is dubbed the Medicare Buy-In and Health Care Stabilization Act. Employers who choose the buy-in could continue to contribute to those employees' premiums pre-tax, the lawmakers said.

The proposal provides middle-age Americans a "new option for affordable, quality healthcare," they say, while holding down costs in both Medicare and the private market.

The lawmakers will present their plan at 10 a.m. Monday at Manchester Memorial Hospital in Manchester.