|Recently in the Ways and Means Committee, I voted against cutting thousands of seniors Medicare Advantage plans when presented with legislation to finance the proposed S-CHIP expansion. Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District has 38,812 enrollees that depend on this program.
If the legislation, which passed out of Ways and Means, is enacted into law, seniors would see a substantial reduction of benefits. Beneficiaries in Nevada’s third congressional district will lose $1,924,473 in benefits over the course of the year as a result of these cuts.
For an individual on a fixed income, seeing their health care costs rise $600 over the course of the year has a major impact. This is especially true in our home district, where we have one of the fastest growing senior populations in the country.
As a member of the tax writing committee, I will continue to work to make cuts in federal spending rather than create massive new entitlements. We cannot put extra tax burdens on the backs of our seniors and other taxpayers.
Funding the health care of Nevada’s children is an important priority for the federal government. It is also critical that we implement any expansion in a fiscally responsible manner to ensure this program’s longevity.
Contact U.S. Congressman Jon Porter at www.house.gov/porter.