FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 31, 2013
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AARP Statement on 2013 Medicare Trustees Report
It’s time for responsible solutions, not harmful cuts
WASHINGTON – AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond offered the following statement in reaction to the Medicare Trustees report released today:
“The Medicare Trustees report today reminds us of the financial challenges facing the Medicare program, particularly the high cost of health care. We’re already seeing how controlling costs has had a positive impact on the program, but we can do more to find responsible ways to reduce costs throughout our health care system, including Medicare.
“AARP believes we can have meaningful improvements in the Medicare program without hurting today’s seniors, their children and their grandchildren. Too many people in Washington think the only way to address Medicare’s financial challenges is to cut benefits or ask seniors to pay more. But that’s not the answer.
“We can reduce costs and find significant savings in Medicare and throughout the health care system through responsible solutions rather than harmful cuts. For example, by improving coordination of care and the use of technology, clamping down on high drug prices, reducing unnecessary services and other wasteful spending, and eliminating fraud, and abuse, we can improve our health care system as a whole while saving money in Medicare.
“Millions of older Americans depend on Medicare for guaranteed, affordable health coverage. That’s why AARP is advocating for common sense reforms that help control overall health care costs while improving the quality and delivery of care for today’s seniors and future generations.”
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