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Statement by AARP CEO William Novelli on the Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act of 2007

Statement by AARP CEO William Novelli on H.R. 4, the "Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act of 2007," which would build upon the strengths of the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA):

"AARP supports H.R. 4 and the common sense approach to give the HHS Secretary the opportunity to develop a workable negotiation process for prescription drugs, consistent with the structure of the Medicare drug benefit, with the ultimate goal to lower drug costs.

By leveraging Medicare's significant buying power to augment the already strong foundation created by the MMA, we believe the Secretary can achieve additional savings for beneficiaries, while improving the program and reducing costs for taxpayers.

Numerous polls have demonstrated that the MMA enjoys widespread support among Medicare beneficiaries. At the same time, according to recent polling from AARP and other organizations, the American public overwhelmingly supports giving Medicare the power to bargain with manufacturers on behalf of beneficiaries for lower drug prices.

On behalf of nearly 38 million members, I urge Congress to begin to help give seniors lower drug costs as soon as possible."

A copy of the full letter to Congress outlining AARP's support of H.R.4 can be found at http://assets.aarp.org/www.aarp.org_/cs/misc/secretarial_negotiations.pdf

On January 4, AARP announced that beginning in the 110th Congress, the association will be recording House and Senate roll call votes on key issues, and informing the association's nearly 38 million members of the results of these key votes.

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. We produce AARP The Magazine, published bimonthly; AARP Bulletin, our monthly newspaper; AARP Segunda Juventud, our bimonthly magazine in Spanish and English; NRTA Live & Learn, our quarterly newsletter for 50+ educators; 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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