Need for Medicare Reform


“This report is the most compelling evidence to date that we must strengthen and modernize Medicare for the long run.”

President Bill Clinton
February 29, 2000

Today at the White House, President Clinton released a new report which gives a state-by-state snapshot of the unprecedented demographic and health care challenges confronting Medicare. The report documents the success of the current program and provides new information on its impact on women, Americans over the age of 85, and rural beneficiaries. The President urged Congress to move ahead this year to modernize and strengthen Medicare and include in its reforms a long-overdue voluntary prescription drug benefit.

State-By-State Report Shows Need For Reform. Findings of the report, called America's Seniors and Medicare: Challenges for Today and Tomorrow, include the following:

Working to Strengthen and Modernize Medicare. The President's FY 2001 budget dedicates $432 billion over 10 years to Medicare. His plan to strengthen and modernize the program includes:

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