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House Democrats move quickly on legislation expanding Medicare benefits and enacting paid family leave

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House Democrats will move quickly this week to advance legislation expanding federal health benefits for seniors and enacting paid family leave as part of a massive partisan $3.5 trillion package to enact the bulk of President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better agenda.

“Later this week, the Ways and Means Committee will put an end to the idea that only some workers are worthy of ‘perks’ like paid leave, child care, and assistance in saving for retirement, and finally commit to investments that make these supports fixtures of the American workplace,” Rep. Richard Neal, a Massachusetts Democrat who is the chairman of the committee, said Tuesday.

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The plan includes measures to add hearing, vision, and dental coverage for seniors enrolled in Medicare. A committee draft outlining the new benefits for seniors said that vision care such as examinations and contact lenses will be covered starting in 2022, hearing aids will be covered by 2023, and dental will be covered as of 2028.

The committee will also vote on a measure to ensure up to 12 weeks of universal paid family and medical leave for all U.S. workers, raise wages for child care workers, and provide funding for long-term care facilities to recruit new workers and retain them with added incentives such as wage subsidies and student loan replacement, among other reforms included in the draft package.

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The markup of the draft package will start Thursday morning and continue on Friday. News of the imminent committee votes signals that House Democrats returning from recess are gearing up for a race to cobble together Biden’s Build Back Better agenda into a single, massive $3.5 trillion package to pass via a budget resolution in the next few weeks.

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