A bipartisan measure, The Medicare Secondary Payer and Workers’ Compensation Settlement Agreement Act, has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. Congressmen Mike Thompson (D-CA) and Dave Reichert (R-WA) sponsored the bill, which seeks to establish “clear and consistent standards for an administrative process that provides reasonable protections for injured workers and Medicare.”
The legislation aims to ease the settlement of workers’ compensation cases involving future medical costs that Medicare will pay. In those matters, Medicare has to review and approve a set-aside account to hold the funds for Medicare’s future costs. Congressmen Reichert said he wants injured workers to have “confidence that their health care claims will be processed in a fair and timely manner.”
The bill has been referred to the House Ways and Means and House Energy and Commerce Committees.
Keep monitoring our blog for updates on this bill as it moves through Congress.