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AARP Maryland Applauds Senate for Moving Health Care Reform Forward

Tuesday, December 22, 2009 Health Insurance News J E 4
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BALTIMORE, Dec. 21 The U.S. Senate this morning voted to move forward with health care reforms that will begin to bring needed relief to millions of Americans struggling with high costs and discriminatory insurance company practices. Pending legislation would protect and improve the guaranteed benefits that people in Medicare rely on, and make progress toward ending the rampant discrimination used by insurers to deny coverage to those who need it most.

AARP sent a letter to each Senate office informing them that the Association designated this morning's cloture vote on the manager's amendment to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act an "AARP Key Vote." AARP will report back to its members and the public how each Senator votes on the procedural measure that would allow the Senate to end debate and move towards a final up-or-down vote on the bill.

** How a legislator votes on issues is only one factor in evaluating his or her legislative performance, which should also include such things as constituency services and committee work.

"AARP commends Senators Cardin and Mikulski for voting to move forward on health care reform to protect guaranteed Medicare benefits and help millions of Americans access affordable, quality health services," said AARP interim state director Tiffany Lundquist. "The legislation is needed to lower drug costs, limit age discrimination by health insurance companies and strengthen our system of long-term services and supports. We believe this legislation can be improved even further in conference and will be working with our state delegation to make meaningful health care reform a reality."

AARP notified the 111th Congress that it was tracking roll call votes on key legislation important to its nearly 40 million members and reporting the outcomes of these votes back to its members and all older Americans.

AARP members and all older Americans can see how their representatives voted on health care reform by going to www.aarp.org/governmentwatch. AARP's Government Watch is a one-stop online portal that will be tracking and publicizing every designated key vote on issues facing Americans age 50-plus. A "Key Vote Summary" highlighting votes on these issues will be published at the end of each congressional session.

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. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world's largest-circulation magazine with over 35.5 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP's nearly 40 million members and Americans 50+; AARP Segunda Juventud, the only bilingual U.S. publication dedicated exclusively to the 50+ Hispanic community; and our website, AARP.org. AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

MARYLAND VOTED YES TO CONTINUE VOTED TO BLOCK -------- --------------------- -------------- DEBATE ON HEALTH DEBATE ON HEALTH ---------------- ---------------- CARE REFORM CARE REFORM ----------- -----------

SOURCE AARP Maryland
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