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AARP urged Congress to pass health care reform now and to continue fight for older Americans


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AARP CEO, A. Barry Rand, released this statement following yesterday's passage of the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010 by the House of Representatives:

"We applaud the House for passing this critical legislation to make our health care system work for more Americans.  Both chambers have now passed a bill that will make health care more affordable for American families, strictly limit insurance companies from denying affordable coverage because of age or medical history, and protect and strengthen the benefits promised to people in Medicare,"

It has repeatedly been made clear to Congress that if AARP, with its 40+ million members, were to support the health care reform legislation, the bill must ensure today's seniors and future generations can get the health care they need by:

  • strengthening Medicare and protecting the program's guaranteed benefits
  • lowering drug costs for seniors by closing the Medicare 'doughnut hole' coverage gap
  • cracking down on insurance company abuses, especially those that deny affordable   coverage due to pre-existing conditions or discriminate based on age
  • getting people who need long-term care the services and supports that help them remain in their homes and communities

Within its website, AARP.org, the organization includes information on resources for people in Medicare, AARP's correspondence to Congress, and a Myths vs Facts section with input from multiple independent fact-checking organizations.  A link is also available on the website so that AARP's members and visitors can read the health care legislation for themselves.

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole.  AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates.

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