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AARP Releases New Fact Sheets on Health Care Law Provisions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 21, 2010

Contact: AARP Media Relations, media@aarp.org, 202-434-2560

 

AARP Releases New Fact Sheets on Health Care Law Provisions

Topics include home and community-based care, Medicaid and health workforce

 

WASHINGTON—AARP’s Public Policy Institute (PPI) today released four new fact sheets on provisions in the health care law important to AARP members and all older Americans.  The latest in a series of reports detail provisions in the law to expand Medicaid, reduce preventable hospital readmissions, strengthen the health care workforce and help older Americans live in their own homes.

“Our goal is to ensure that our members and all older Americans know exactly what the new health care law means for them and their families,” said AARP Executive Vice President John Rother.  “Whether through policy briefs, brochures or our own publications, we will get people the information they need to make informed decisions.”

The PPI fact sheets released today are:

Health Reform Provides New Federal Money to Help States Expand Medicaid: examines ways in which the law ensures more Americans get affordable health coverage by providing additional funding to state Medicaid programs.  The law raises the national floor for Medicaid eligibility and allows childless adults to join in all states.

Health Reform and the Workforce: looks at attempts to expand the health care workforce to ensure Americans have access to care as more people gain health insurance.  These efforts include a focus on training more advanced practice nurses to provide primary care and coordinate care for people with chronic conditions.

Health Reform Initiatives to Improve Care Coordination and Transitional Care for Chronic Conditions: details new programs in the law that will help people in Medicare avoid preventable hospital readmissions by providing better follow-up care.  Such a program can help save some of the billions of dollars Medicare spends on largely preventable hospital readmissions and significantly reduce the 20 percent of people in Medicare who are readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of their first visit.

Health Care Reform Improves Access to Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services: explains new programs and changes to existing programs to help more Americans live in their own homes, rather than in a more costly nursing home or other facility.  Programs including Community First Choice and Balancing Incentive Payments will help more older and disabled Americans get the care they need in their preferred setting.

These and other AARP Public Policy Institute fact sheets on the health care law are available at http://www.aarp.org/hcrfacts.

AARP also has information about the health care reform law for consumers, including brochures and a column answering readers’ questions, available at http://www.aarp.org/getthefacts.

 

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.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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