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AARP, representing nearly 39 million Americans 50-plus, and the American Medical Association (AMA), the nation's largest physician group, joined forces today to announce a national TV advertising buy to push for legislation that protects Medicare and extends health insurance to millions of uninsured children.
The TV ad will run across the country and in Washington, DC, from July 23 through August 3. This first phase will be at least a $1.3 million ad buy and will coincide with additional tactics the two groups are employing, including print ads and direct mail.
"Older Americans need reduced health care costs and access to their doctor; the CHAMP Act could help accomplish both," said AARP CEO Bill Novelli. "These ads, combined with direct mail, email, visits to legislators' offices and other activities planned during the next few weeks will amplify the voices of nearly 39 million AARP members. The message is clear: We're asking both parties and both chambers to work together to put a bill on the President's desk this year and we are asking the President to sign it."
"This bill is a win-win-win," said AMA President-elect Nancy Nielsen, M.D. "It helps both America's seniors and America's children get the health care they need, and it's paid for with a tobacco tax and an end to subsidies to insurance companies. Today, the nation's patients and physicians call on every member of Congress to support this effort for the health of America."
The House will be considering the Children's Health and Medicare Protection Act (CHAMP Act) in the next few days. The Act would preserve access to doctors for Medicare patients, limit older Americans' out of pocket costs, strengthen Medicare for lower-income people and extend health care to millions of uninsured kids.
The CHAMP Act would be paid for by reducing excess payments to insurance companies and by raising the tobacco tax, which would have the additional benefit of decreasing smoking.
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