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Statement by AARP CEO Bill Novelli on House Budget Reconciliation Vote

Transfer of Assets Provision to Punish the Innocent

AARP CEO, Bill Novelli, made the following statement in reaction to the House of Representatives passage of the budget reconciliation bill:

Last night, in his State of the Union Address, the President said, "Keeping America competitive requires affordable health care. Our government has a responsibility to help provide health care for the poor and the elderly, and we are meeting that responsibility."

Today the U.S. House of Representatives has turned a cold shoulder to that responsibility by further limiting eligibility for Medicaid, a program that serves the neediest—the disabled, children, the poor and the elderly. It also approved a provision in its budget that will deny long-term care coverage to those who give money to charities, churches and family members in need.

Working with our members, AARP will continue the fight to have this ill-conceived policy reversed.

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