SINGLE PAYER LEGISLATION

The Expanded & Improved Medicare for All Act, H.R. 676, was introduced by Representative John Conyers and is now lead sponsored by Pramila Jayapal. H.R. 676 establishes a publicly financed, privately delivered healthcare system that uses the already existing Medicare program by expanding and improving it to all U.S. residents, and all residents living in U.S. territories. The goal of the legislation is to ensure that everyone will have access, guaranteed by law, to the highest quality and most cost effective healthcare services regardless of their employment, income, or healthcare status.

Introduced by Senator Bernie Sanders, S. 1804 Bernie’s 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.