Rep. Levin Leads the Way on Pro-Consumer Medigap Overhaul Legislation

Jul 25, 2018 Issues: Trade, Environment, Health Care

Rep. Levin Leads the Way on Pro-Consumer Medigap Overhaul Legislation

Last week, Rep. Levin introduced the Medigap Consumer Protection Act (H.R. 6431). The bill would update Medigap consumer laws for the first time in decades, ensuring that seniors who purchase Medigap coverage can do so without being discriminated against based on age, health status, pre-existing condition, or disability. H.R. 6431 would strengthen this coverage for the roughly 12 million Medicare recipients who purchase it to help reduce out-of-pocket costs and and get coverage for benefits not included in Medicare. Rep. Levin’s press release on the bill’s introduction can be found here and a summary of the bill here.

Trump Administration Trade Policies on Agenda at Hearings

Over the past week, Rep. Levin has participated in House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee hearings on the Trump Administration’s trade and tariff policies. Last Wednesday, a hearing was convened to examine the effects of retaliatory tariffs on U.S. agriculture and rural communities. Yesterday, a hearing focused on the process that companies must use to seek exemptions from the tariffs imposed by the Trump Administration on steel and aluminum products. Rep. Levin continues to request Administration officials participate in these proceedings in order to explain the strategy and goals of its trade policy.

Rep. Levin Seeks Military Academy Nominees

Each year, Rep. Levin has the opportunity to nominate graduating seniors for admission to West Point Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. These four academies train and educate the future military officers of the United States.  Current high school students in the class of 2019 will be eligible to apply for a nomination this year.

Applications for a nomination are open until November 16, 2018. Those seeking a nomination are encouraged to reach out to Rep. Levin’s Service Academy Coordinator, Kyle Pollet, in his District Office. Kyle can be reached at 586-498-7122.

House Democrats Visit Flint for Update

On Friday, July 20, 2018, Rep. Levin and several colleagues, led by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Dan Kildee, traveled to Flint for an update on the city’s water crisis. The delegation met with residents, community leaders, toured a lead pipe replacement site with the purpose of discussing recovery as well as economic opportunities for Flint.

The drinking water contamination crisis dates back to 2014, when Flint changed its water source in an attempt to save costs. Officials failed to apply corrosion inhibitors to the water, which caused lead from aging pipes to leach into the water supply leading to extremely elevated levels of heavy metal neurotoxins. In 2016, Congress provided $170 million in critical federal aid to help Flint and its residents address and recover from the water crisis. Rep. Levin has continued to emphasize that residents of Flint deserve our continued attention and commitment to rebuild and recover.

This Week on the House Floor:

This week, the House will consider a trio of health-related bills that add to the deficit and compound the massive windfall provided to corporations and the wealthy in the GOP tax law. The Protect Medical Innovation would repeal the medical device tax without paying for it, adding roughly $20 billion to the deficit. The other bills, H.R. 6199 and H.R. 6311, would expand the use of tax-advantaged health accounts and delay for another two years a tax on health insurance companies, adding those costs to the deficit. Finally, the House will consider the final agreement on the National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 5515).