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New Resource to Explain the Health Care Law

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 20, 2010

Contacts:

David Kinsman, 202-261-4554, dkinsman@acponline.org

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

New Resource to Explain the Health Care Law

American College of Physicians, AARP launch consumer-friendly guide to help people understand how the new law may affect them.

WASHINGTON — Today, the American College of Physicians (ACP) and AARP launched an online guide to help inform consumers about the health care law.  The guide is written and organized in a way that clearly explains what the law has changed, why these changes were made and when the changes will take effect.

ACP is encouraging its member doctors to download the guide—available at http://www.acponline.org/healthlawconsumerinfo—and make it accessible to patients.

“I want my patients to have the best information possible,” said ACP President J. Fred Ralston, Jr., MD, FACP.   “This guide lays out the changes brought about by the law and will help my patients and their family members make more informed decisions about their health care.”

The guide is divided into sections focusing on people who already have health insurance, the uninsured and those who are having trouble finding coverage, and people in Medicare.  It also includes information for people who are planning for their long-term care and small business owners.

“Health care is among the most important and personal issues facing our members and all Americans,” said AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond.  “As the new health care law rolls out over the next four years, we’ll continue to make sure that people understand how it will affect them.”

To download a copy of the guide, please visit http://www.acponline.org/healthlawconsumerinfo.

The American College of Physicians (ACP) is the largest medical specialty organization and the second-largest physician group in the United States. ACP members include 130,000 internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and medical students. Internists specialize in the prevention, detection, and treatment of illness in adults. ACP’s Mission is to enhance the quality and effectiveness of health care by fostering excellence and professionalism in the practice of medicine.

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan social welfare 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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