A Senate compromise proposal to allow people between ages 55 and 64 to buy into Medicare now appears to be dead. The proposal had some support in Kansas, at least in principle, the Kansas Health Institute News Service reported. Though AARP Kansas wanted to know more details before taking an official position, it has long supported calls for expanding Medicare eligibility to include Americans ages 50 and older. Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger also wanted more detail but said "the concept is good, the approach is good." But the Kansas Hospital Association was concerned about low reimbursement rates. "We're not in favor of any public option — which is what this is — that's based on existing Medicare payment rates because for a majority of Kansas hospitals, those rates don't cover the cost of care for seniors," spokeswoman Cindy Samuelson said.
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