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2017 Archives: Health and Family

AARP correspondence to lawmakers and regulators

The following documents related to health care concerns of people 50-plus are presented in reverse chronological order.

May

L: On Monday, May 15, 2017 AARP sent a letter to the entire U.S. Senate concerning the Senate’s consideration of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) as passed by the House of Representatives on May 4, 2017.  In the letter, AARP asked Senators to oppose this harmful bill.  AARP strongly opposes the AHCA due to the devastating impact the bill would have on Americans age 50 and older. (PDF)

L: On May 4, 2017, AARP sent a letter to Senators Collins (R-ME) and Baldwin (D-WI) endorsing the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act (S. 1028). This bipartisan bill would require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop a national strategy to support family caregivers. The bill would also establish an advisory body to bring together representatives from both the private and public sectors to advise and make recommendations. The strategy would identify specific actions that communities, providers, employers, government, and others can take to recognize and support family caregivers.  (PDF)

L: On May 3, 2017 AARP sent a letter to the entire U.S. House of Representatives opposing the Upton amendment, as reported, to the American Health Care Act (AHCA), urging them all to vote NO. Changes under consideration that would allow states to waive important consumer protections -- allowing insurance companies to once again charge Americans with pre-existing conditions more because they’ve had cancer, diabetes or heart disease -- would make a bad bill even worse. This would be devastating for the 25 million Americans 50-64 who have a deniable pre-existing condition. The Upton amendment would do little to reduce the massive premium increases for those with pre-existing conditions.  (PDF)

March

L: On March 7, 2017 AARP sent a letter to House Committee on Energy and Commerce Chairman Greg Walden and Ranking Member Frank Pallone, and House Committee on Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady and Ranking Member Richard Neal to express opposition to the American Health Care Act. This bill would weaken Medicare’s fiscal sustainability, dramatically increase health care costs for Americans aged 50-64, and put at risk the health care of millions of children and adults with disabilities, and poor seniors who depend on the Medicaid program for long-term services and supports and other benefits.  (PDF)

January

L: On January 30, 2017 AARP sent a letter to Chairman Tim Murphy and Ranking Member Diane DeGette of the House Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations concerning a hearing on Medicaid Oversight: “Existing Problems and Ways to Strengthen the Program.”  In the letter, AARP opposing Medicaid block grants and per capita caps because of concerns that such proposals will endanger the health, safety, and care of millions of individuals who depend on the essential services provided through Medicaid. (PDF)

L: On February 1, 2017 AARP sent a letter to Chairman Michael Burgess (R-TX) and Ranking Member Gene Green (D-TX) of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health.  In this letter, AARP expressed concern with regard to the proposed State Age Rating Flexibility Act of 2017.  AARP is concerned that it would loosen age rating bands to allow insurers to charge older Americans significantly more for health insurance, and would severely limit, not expand, access to quality, affordable healthcare. (PDF)

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