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WCAX: Welch proposes new Medicaid legislation

January 6, 2016
In The News


WASHINGTON--Congressman Peter Welch, D-Vermont, wants to pay Medicare patients who complete an advance directive.

Welch announced he's proposing new legislation called the "Medicare Choices Empowerment and Protection Act." It offers a $75 incentive to be paid by Medicare to those who fill out a directive. Those are documents, including livings wills, which allow people to state their treatment preferences if they're unable to make decisions themselves.

Welch says they offer patients a peace of mind.

"By encouraging the patient to confide and discuss with a physician of their choice, that's going to put that patient in charge. And this is about patient empowerment," said Welch.

Welch says that one group estimates his bipartisan legislation, which is also being introduced in the U.S. Senate, could save up to $15 billion over 10 years.