SINGLE PAYER LEGISLATION

The Medicare for All Act of 2019, introduced by Representative Pramila Jayapal as H.R. 1384, would improve and expand the overwhelmingly successful and popular Medicare program, so that every person living in the United States has guaranteed access to healthcare with comprehensive benefits.

The Senate Medicare for All Act has not yet been filed for the 2019-20 Congressional session. For the previous 2017-18 Congressional Session: S. 1804, introduced by Senator Bernie Sanders, would create a federally administered single-payer health care program that will cover the entire continuum of health care, from inpatient to outpatient care; preventive to emergency care; primary care to specialty care; vision, hearing and oral health care; mental health and substance abuse services; as well as prescription medications, medical equipment, supplies, diagnostics and treatments.

State-level single-payer legislation has been introduced in 26 states at one time or another, and many state campaigns are currently very active, such as in New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, California, Minnesota, Oregon and elsewhere. Contact Healthcare-NOW if you would like to be put in touch with state single-payer efforts in your area.

The Healthcare-NOW Education Fund has posted a range of resources on the history of single-payer healthcare, including a timeline of national single-payer legislation from the 1930s through the present, a graph of growing sponsorship levels of single-payer legislation since the 1970s, a sortable listing of single-payer bills, and documentation of public hearings on single-payer legislation during the 1940s and 1970s.