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AARP Responds to Inaccurate Reports Regarding Insurance Premium Rate Review Regulation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 20, 2011

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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:

“This story’s slanted, inaccurate reporting on insurance premium rate reviews calls into question the writer’s understanding of the health care debate, and we would have appreciated an opportunity to help correct its mistakes before it was posted.

“AARP supported the health care law’s provisions to review insurance premium increases, just as we supported the law itself. And we agree with Senators Reid, Kerry and Baucus that more consumer protections are needed in the Medigap market, which was not addressed in the law. It’s why we’ve endorsed Sen. Kerry’s bill to ensure people in Medicare can’t be denied a Medigap policy because of their health history.

“But this story’s mischaracterization of the senators’ letter and the new rules is inexcusable. In fact, the senators acknowledged that Medigap rates are regulated at the state level and encouraged Secretary Sebelius to work with governors and state insurance commissioners to build new consumer protections. Nowhere do the senators ask the Secretary to include Medigap in the regulations issued this week because they know states regulate rates for these insurance policies, not the federal government.

“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 our members.

“We would applaud members of Congress from either side of the aisle who put forward legislation to strengthen consumer protections in the Medigap market, just as we welcomed Sen. Kerry’s common sense legislation.”

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