S.1217 - Ending the Medicare Disability Waiting Period Act of 2005109th Congress (2005-2006)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Bingaman, Jeff [D-NM] (Introduced 06/09/2005)|
|Committees:||Senate - Finance|
|Latest Action:||Senate - 06/09/2005 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance. (All Actions)|
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Summary: S.1217 — 109th Congress (2005-2006)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in Senate (06/09/2005)
Ending the Medicare Disability Waiting Period Act of 2005 - Amends title II (Old Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance) (OASDI) 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 such benefits.
Directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services to request the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences to study the range of disability conditions that can be delayed or prevented if individuals receive access to health care services and coverage before a condition reaches disability levels.