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Porter Update
by Jon C. Porter, Third District Congressman

Protecting Seniors' Medicare
Expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Plan (S-CHIP) has dominated the debate in Washington over the last month. In Nevada, S-CHIP has been managed effectively but many more children who qualify for the program still need to be enrolled.

In fact, the State of Nevada has returned unused resources to the Federal Government. I agree that enrollment efforts take additional resources, and I hope to find a solution regarding the funding mechanisms to finance S-CHIP expansion.



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.




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