S.2566 - Ending the Medicare Disability Waiting Period Act of 2004108th Congress (2003-2004)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Bingaman, Jeff [D-NM] (Introduced 06/23/2004)|
|Committees:||Senate - Finance|
|Latest Action:||Senate - 06/23/2004 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance. (text of measure as introduced: CR 6/24/2004 S7322) (All Actions)|
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Summary: S.2566 — 108th Congress (2003-2004)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in Senate (06/23/2004)
Ending the Medicare Disability Waiting Period Act of 2004 - Amends title II (Old Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance) of the Social Security Act (SSA) to: (1) phase out the waiting period for disabled individuals to become eligible for Medicare benefits under SSA title XVIII (Medicare); and (2) eliminate the waiting period for individuals with life-threatening conditions to become eligible for Medicare benefits.
Directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services to request that the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences conduct a study on the range of disability conditions that can be delayed or prevented if individuals receive access to health care services and coverage before the condition reaches disability levels.