Ohio’s Sen. Sherrod Brown and a group of his Democratic colleagues in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday re-introduced legislation that would allow people aged 50 and over to buy into Medicare. They said they’ve asked President Joe Biden to include the idea in a $1 trillion “American Families Plan” he’ll unveil on April 28, and are hopeful that he’ll do so.
Brown said he’s pushed legislation for more than two decades to lower the age threshold to qualify for the popular federal health insurance program that currently serves people aged 65 and older. He said that as people approach retirement, their health care costs and needs for prescription drugs tend to go up, as the ability of some workers get private insurance declines.
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