Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden announced his healthcare-reform proposal last week, saying he would expand eligibility for several existing federal healthcare programs and introduce broader reforms in an effort to move toward universal coverage.
Under his plan, Biden would expand the State Childrens Health Insurance Program to include families with incomes up to 300% of the current federal poverty level$61,950 for a family of four based on 2007 guidelinesand to young adults up to age 21. In addition, all families would be given the option to buy into the program on a sliding-income scale. The Delaware senators proposal also allows uninsured adults to buy into an insurance program that mirrors the Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan, which offers a range of choices for government employees. And it calls for lowering the eligibility age for Medicare to include individuals age 55 to 64.
I know what it is like to be wheeled into an emergency room, unsure if youll see your family ever againand I was lucky because I had health insurance, Biden said last week during an Iowa campaign stop.