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New AARP Fact Sheets Help Answer Your Health Reform Questions


June 7, 2010


Contact: AARP Media Relations,, 202-434-2560


New AARP Fact Sheets Help Answer Your Health Reform Questions

Summaries look at Medicare benefits, long-term care insurance and more


WASHINGTON—This week, AARP’s Public Policy Institute released four new fact sheets detailing provisions in the health care reform law important to older Americans.  The summaries address issues including the new long-term care insurance program, efforts to crack down on fraud and improvements to Medicare’s preventive benefits.

“Americans of all ages have questions about the health care law, whether they’re recent college graduates looking for insurance or seniors in Medicare trying to get the most from their benefits,” said AARP Executive Vice President John Rother.  “We want to ensure that our members and all Americans get the information they want and need about this new law.”

The fact sheets released this week include:

Improvements to Medicare’s Preventive Services Under Health Reform: compares current Medicare coverage to additional coverage available in 2011, and lists the preventive screenings for cancer, cardiovascular health and other conditions that will be available free of charge beginning in January.

Understanding the New CLASS Program: details the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports program, which will begin early next year and give working Americans a new option to prepare for the costs of long-term care.

Health Care Reform Legislation Increases the Availability of Health Insurance: explains how many adult children, people with preexisting conditions, low-income Americans and small businesses gain access to new health insurance options under the law.

Attacking Waste, Fraud, and Abuse in Health Reform: summarizes provisions designed to crack down on health care fraud, including a $350 million investment in the Medicare and Medicaid Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Fund and better oversight of provider billing in federal health care programs.

These and other AARP Public Policy Institute fact sheets on the health care law are available at

AARP also has information about the health care reform law for consumers, including brochures and a column answering readers’ questions, available at

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