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A critical Medicare update:

For all the progress we've made America's health insurance system is still in bad shape.

Too many don't have sufficient coverage. Too many are just a big medical bill away from disaster.

I've long said that one piece of this puzzle should be extending Medicare benefits to more Americans. One proposal before Congress right now — from Senator Bernie Sanders and Rep. Pramila Jayapal — would lower the eligibility age to 60, and expand Medicare's benefits to include hearing, dental, and vision care.

I'm doing everything I can to make this law, and I hope you will too.

Sign the petition and join the fight: urge Congress to lower the Medicare eligibility age and expand benefits.

By lowering the Medicare eligibility age, we could extend life-saving medical coverage to 23 million additional Americans. At the same time, it would afford these Americans, our friends and neighbors, better benefits, more affordable prescription drugs, and a peace of mind.

56 years ago, President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare into law. 56 years ago we took a big step to protecting Americans in their golden years.

56 years from now, I want people to look back and recognize that 2021 was when we took another critical step together for better health care. That's only going to be possible if we come together and put pressure on Congress to get it done.

Join the movement: urge Congress to lower the Medicare eligibility age and expand benefits.


Posted on August 2, 2021.

Born in the small town of Myrtle Creek, Oregon, Jeff Merkley has never lost touch with his working class roots.

As a U.S. Senator, he works every day to create opportunity for working families, stop the corruption of our democracy, and tackle the climate crisis.

A workhorse and a progressive champion, Jeff Merkley is leading a movement to get our country back on track.

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