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AARP Commends Rapid Action to Extend Medicaid Funding

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August 10, 2010


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AARP Commends Rapid Action to Extend Medicaid Funding

Legislation will help states continue providing home and community-based services 


WASHINGTON—AARP Senior Vice President David Sloane released this statement following the House of Representatives passing legislation to extend critical funding for state Medicaid programs:


“Millions of Americans who rely on Medicaid for needed health and long-term care can breathe a little easier today.  The law passed by the House of Representatives extends critical support to states that face their own budget crises.  Without this extension of funding, many states would likely increase cuts to programs such as home and community-based services, which help older Americans and people with disabilities receive the services they need without going to nursing homes and other more costly care settings.  Given the dire fiscal situation in state capitals across the country, we thank the House for returning to Washington to pass this urgent legislation and speed it to the President’s desk for signature.


“At the same time, we must note our disappointment that this bill takes significant funding from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which helps put food on the table for millions of poor and low-income Americans.  We urge Congress to help ensure that fewer Americans go hungry by restoring SNAP funding cuts before they are scheduled to go into effect.”


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AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan 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 35.1 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP's millions of members and Americans 50+; AARP VIVA su Segunda Juventud, 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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