When does medical insurance begin?
A new bill in the US Senate would change that by allowing for up to $1,000,000 in medical insurance premiums to be paid by employers.
Senator Bernie Sanders, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, introduced the bill on Wednesday.
The bill, which was co-sponsored by Senator Joe Manchin, is part of an effort by Democrats to make the health care system more affordable.
Senator Manchin said the bill would allow employers to cover their workers in the event of a catastrophic event like a car crash, but he added it should also help those who can’t afford to pay out of pocket.
“If I were to die today, my family would have no insurance, no medical insurance and no medical care at all, so we have to make sure that we have the resources to make it through the next six months,” he said.
In a similar bill introduced in the House, the Republican-led House Ways and Means Committee, on Wednesday, voted to allow employers and employees to claim a lump sum payment of up to a maximum of $1 million for any catastrophic event, such as an auto crash.
The bill passed the House last month.
But with the GOP control of the House and Senate, the bill has to pass both chambers of Congress before it goes to President Donald Trump.
Earlier this month, Senator Manchin also introduced legislation that would allow an employer to exclude up to 90% of its workers from any tax penalty if they are covered under an employer-sponsored health plan.