FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 1, 2011
AARP Celebrates Medicare’s 45th Anniversary
Program remains a bedrock of health security for seniors
WASHINGTON—AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond released this statement on the 45th anniversary of the implementation of Medicare:
“When Medicare accepted its first beneficiaries 45 years ago today, it marked the end of an era in which many seniors were left uninsured and struggled to afford even basic health care. Today the program provides health insurance to 47 million Americans. Over the years, it’s been improved—the Medicare prescription drug benefit has helped millions of seniors afford the medication they need to stay healthy. The Affordable Care Act took new steps to close the gap in prescription drug coverage and provide preventive care free of charge so doctors and nurses can catch health problems early and treat them more effectively.
“Americans contribute to their Medicare through a lifetime of hard work and they deserve the security of knowing they have affordable health care when they retire. That’s why we’re fighting to stop Congress from making arbitrary cuts to the program or driving up costs for seniors as they make a deal to pay the nation’s bills. Medicare is bedrock health security for older Americans. Cutting benefits or pricing them out of reach would be a step back in time, leaving seniors without the care they need.
“Our mission remains clear—protect and strengthen Medicare for current members and generations to come. Like our members, we are working to ensure Medicare’s best years remain ahead.”
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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