The following documents related to consumer affairs and the financial security of people 50-plus are presented in reverse chronological order.
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)
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)
L: On April 9, 2018 AARP expressed views to the U.S. Congress on the balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. In the letter, AARP indicated that a balanced budget amendment would likely harm Social Security and Medicare, subjecting both programs to potentially deep cuts without regard to the impact on the health and financial security of individuals. It would also likely diminish the resources available for programs assisting Americans who are least able to provide for themselves – services such as meals or heating for those who are too poor or physically unable to take care of their basic needs without some support. (PDF)