Kuster Applauds House Passage of Historic Bill to Reduce Inflation, Lower Health Care Costs, and Combat Climate Change
**Legislation includes Rep. Kuster’s bill to make vaccines for seniors on Medicare available at no cost**
Washington, August 12, 2022
Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) voted to pass the Inflation Reduction Act, sending it to President Biden’s desk to be signed into law. This historic legislation will reduce costs for Granite Staters, tackle climate change, bolster our economy, and reduce the deficit. The bill also includes Rep. Kuster’s bipartisan legislation to eliminate out-of-pocket costs for vaccines for seniors – the Protecting Seniors Through Immunization Act, which she introduced alongside her Republican colleague, Rep. Larry Buschon (IN-08).
The Inflation Reduction Act provides financial relief for families through lower energy and drug costs. This legislation empowers the Secretary of Health and Human Services to negotiate drug prices in Medicare and, for the first time ever, caps the total amount seniors pay out-of-pocket for drugs in Medicare Part D.
“Granite State families need relief from high prices and this legislation is a step toward addressing some of the costs that have put a burden on folks in New Hampshire,” said Rep. Kuster. “This transformative legislation will lower health care costs for Granite Staters, combat climate change, and strengthen our economy while reducing the deficit and ensuring the wealthiest corporations pay their fair share in taxes. The bill also accomplishes a long-term priority of mine by empowering Medicare to negotiate drug prices – a truly historic step.”
“I’m proud that my bipartisan legislation to support Granite State seniors and lower their health costs – the Protecting Seniors Through Immunization Act – was included in the package we passed today,” Rep. Kuster continued. “This bill will ensure access to life-saving vaccinations for Medicare recipients with no out-of-pocket costs. Passage of the Inflation Reduction Act will have a far-reaching positive impact on millions of Americans for generations to come, and I look forward to the president signing this bill into law.”
The Inflation Reduction Act takes historic action to lower costs for Granite Staters, create millions of good-paying jobs, dramatically reduce the deficit, and address the climate crisis. The bill:
The Inflation Reduction Act is fully paid for. The bill:
Rep. Kuster’s Protecting Seniors Through Immunization Act was included in the Inflation Reduction Act – this provision eliminates out-of-pocket costs for vaccines covered under Medicare Part D. Immunization coverage currently varies by vaccine under Medicare, and this legislation would provide Medicare beneficiaries access to all recommended vaccines at no additional cost, including shingles and tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap).