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AARP Statement on Nomination of Dr. Donald Berwick to Head Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

April 19, 2010

AARP Media Relations, 202-434-2560,

AARP Statement on Nomination of Dr. Donald Berwick to Head Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

WASHINGTON — AARP Executive Vice President John Rother released this statement following today’s announcement of President Obama nominating Dr. Donald Berwick to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services:

“The nomination of Dr. Berwick comes at an important time as the Administration begins implementing health reforms that add new benefits to Medicare while protecting the access of older Americans to their doctors and hospitals. Dr. Berwick’s expertise on health care innovation and his dedication to quality improvement and patient safety would benefit the millions of low-income and older Americans served by Medicare and Medicaid.”

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 35.7 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP's millions of members and Americans 50+; AARP VIVA, the only bilingual U.S. publication dedicated exclusively to the 50+ Hispanic community; and our website, 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.

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