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AARP Statement on Employee Health Benefit Changes

November 5, 2010

AARP Media Relations,, 202-434-2560

AARP Statement on Employee Health Benefit Changes

WASHINGTON—AARP Legislative Policy Director David Certner issued this statement regarding upcoming changes to AARP’s employee health benefits:

“Rising health care costs have been the primary cause of premium increases, including increases in the employees’ share of health care costs.

“Like many employers, we are making forward-looking, incremental changes to our own plans to address rising costs and to ensure our employees do not face larger changes in the future, but to be clear, none of AARP’s employee health plans are above the excise tax threshold in the new health care reform law.

“We remain supportive of the health care law because it strengthens guaranteed Medicare benefits and ensures more older Americans not yet eligible for Medicare can get affordable health coverage.”

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 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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