For more than eight years, Fight CRC advocates influenced their members of Congress to support the bill. Advocates traveled to Washington, D.C. from all over the country to share their stories with elected officials and ask them to support this policy.
The “Medicare Loophole” bill was included in Fight CRC’s legislative priorities year after year, and advocates tirelessly asked their representatives to support it. Many Congressional champions rallied around it, and Congressman Donald Payne, Jr. became extremely supportive when he was elected to Congress in 2012. Rep. Payne, Jr. lost his father, Rep. Payne, Sr., to colorectal cancer and won a special election to fill his father’s congressional seat. Rep. Payne, Jr. viewed the bill as a way to honor his father’s legacy and save other families experiencing the same pain.
After years of gaining support and multiple reintroductions, the bill was able to garner broad bipartisan support in both the House and Senate. It passed in December 2020 as part of a large end-of-year government funding and COVID-19 relief bill compiled by the House and Senate leadership.
See a timeline of the Medicare Loophole Bill’s growing support.