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Pelosi Weighs Expanding Medicare Eye, Dental, Hearing Coverage

Oct. 10, 2019, 9:56 AM

Democratic leaders in the House are eyeing an expansion of Medicare benefits and ways to cut costs for seniors in the program as part of their drug-pricing legislation.

The leaders have asked congressional scorekeepers to look at the cost of giving Medicare beneficiaries vision, dental, and hearing coverage as part of their Medicare negotiation measure (H.R. 3), according to a health-care lobbyist briefed on the issue.

Lawmakers are also looking at bolstering federal research dollars and making it easier for people on Medicaid to obtain innovative gene therapies as part of the negotiation bill, according to two industry...

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