FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 24, 2011
AARP Media Relations
AARP Responds to Inaccurate Reports Regarding Insurance Premium Rate Review Regulation
WASHINGTON—AARP Spokesperson Jim Dau released this statement in response to recent inaccurate reports regarding new regulations on review of health insurance premium increases:
“Allow us to set the record straight: AARP has not applied for and has not received any waiver or exemption from any provision of the health care law. News outlets reporting otherwise have failed to check their facts.
“Recent reports alleging the Department of Health and Human Services provided a special exemption to Medicare supplemental, or Medigap, insurance providers in new regulations based on the health care law are fundamentally flawed due to one basic fact: the Affordable Care Act does not apply to the Medigap market. HHS can’t write regulations based on legislative provisions that don’t exist.
“States have traditionally regulated Medigap plan rates, and AARP agrees more consumer protections should be extended into the Medigap market, including premium rate reviews. In fact, we have endorsed legislation that would ensure people in Medicare can’t be denied access to a Medigap policy because of their health history.
“To be clear, AARP is a non-partisan, non-profit organization with a membership. While there are insurance products that carry the AARP name, they are underwritten by insurers such as Delta Dental, UnitedHealth Group, and Aetna and others—not AARP. We work to ensure those products meet our standards and provide value to people 50-plus. Moreover, all of the insurance products that carry the AARP name meet all federal and state insurance laws and often achieve higher standards than required by law.
“AARP has always leveraged the advocacy power of our members and volunteers on behalf of the interests of older Americans—nothing else. That’s a big reason why over the years AARP has been attacked by both sides of the aisle for standing up for older Americans rather than siding with either political party.”
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AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a membership 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 35.1 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.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.
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