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2018 Archives: Financial Security and Consumer Affairs

AARP correspondence to lawmakers and regulators

The following documents related to consumer affairs and the financial security of people 50-plus are presented in reverse chronological order.

January

L: On January 23, 2018, AARP sent a letter to Mick Mulvaney, Director for Office of Management and Budget outlining AARP’s federal priorities for fiscal year 2018 respectfully urging the Administration to support and strengthen policies and programs important to older Americans.  Among the programs, AARP specifically focused on Medicare, Medicaid and Long-Term Care Services, Prescription Drugs, the private insurance market, the medical expense deduction, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and various discretionary programs (including LIHEAP and the Older Americans Act). (PDF)

February

L: On February 6, 2018 AARP sent a letter of opposition to the “ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017” (H.R. 620) to House Speaker Paul Ryan and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.  This bill would weaken protections under the Americans with Disabilities Act
(ADA) that help guarantee access to public accommodations for persons with disabilities, including 16 million Americans age 65 and older who have one or more disabilities. AARP urged House leadership to vote no on H.R. 620. (PDF)

L: On February 8, 2018 AARP sent a letter to the entire U.S. Senate expressing views on current the budget deal and continuing resolution.  In the letter we expressed support for a number of issues, including the full repeal of Medicare’s arbitrary limit on physical therapy, speech-language pathology, and occupational therapy services. We expressed our support for the bicameral, bipartisan policy included in the budget deal that would replace the temporary exceptions process with a permanent fix that ensures care is delivered to vulnerable patients, protects beneficiaries from high out-of-pocket costs, and safeguards the long-term viability of the Medicare program. (PDF)

 

 

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