On April 6th, 2017, Representative Diane Black (R-TN) introduced H.R.1995, V-BID for Better Care Act of 2017, cosponsored by Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), and Debbie Dingell (D-MI).  The bill seeks to amend title XVII of the Social Security to provide for national testing of the Medicare Advantage V-BID model.  Expanding the MA V-BID demonstration to all 50 states will help to better meet the needs of chronically ill Medicare Advantage enrollees.

Section 1859 of the Social Security Act is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

“IN GENERAL — In implementing the model described in paragraph 2 proposed to be tested under section 115A(b), the Secretary shall revise the testing of the model under section to cover, effective not later than January 1, 2019, all States. (2) MODEL DESCRIBED — The model described in this paragraph is the testing of a model of Medicare Advantage value-based insurance design that would allow Medicare Advantage plans the option to propose and design benefit structures that vary benefits, cost-sharing, and supplemental benefits offered to enrollees with specific chronic diseases proposed to be carried out in Oregon, Arizona, Texas, Iowa, Michigan, Indiana, Tennessee, Alabama, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts.”