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2018 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.

June

L : On June 21, 2018 AARP sent a letter to the entire U.S. House of Representatives urging them to vote NO on H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018.  In its current form, this bill would have a negative impact on the millions of Americans, including older Americans, who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  SNAP is the nation’s largest federal nutrition program and is an important safety net for the 43 million Americans who rely on the program.  (PDF)

C : On June 20, 2018 AARP submitted written comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services concerning the Medicare Program; Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) Prospective Payment System for Fiscal Year 2019.  AARP’s comments specifically focus on two issues – telehealth and enabling IRFs to expand their use of non-physician practitioners to fulfill some of the requirements that rehabilitation physicians are currently required to complete. (PDF)

L: On June 14, 2018 AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins sent a letter to congressional leadership concerning the Medicare Part D donut hole provisions that were included in the recently enacted Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA) of 2018.  AARP strongly supports the important Part D donut hole reforms that were included in the recently enacted Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. This includes closing the donut hole one year earlier and requiring higher manufacturer discounts on brand name prescription drugs for beneficiaries who are in the coverage gap. (PDF)

L: On June 12, 2018, AARP sent a letter to Chairman Pat Roberts and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry concerning the Agriculture Improvements Act of 2018, also known as the Farm Bill.  Specifically, AARP sent this communication to express its support for the protections and improvements made to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) contained in the legislation, particularly as they relate to the millions of Americans, including older Americans, who rely on this program. (PDF

L : On June 8, 2018 AARP sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Center for Clinical Standards and Quality concerning reports and evidence of dangerous conditions in nursing homes across the country.  In the letter, AARP expressed concerns with recent regulatory and administrative actions taken by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, as well as potential future actions under consideration, that could weaken the quality of care and quality of life for our country’s approximately 1.3 million nursing home residents. (PDF)

C: On June 5, 2018 AARP submitted written comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) concerning the Florida Section 1115 Waiver Amendment Request.  In the letter to CMS, AARP expressed concern for Florida’s proposal to limit retroactive eligibility to the month of Application, noting that it would adversely impact a large number of Florida’s Medicaid recipients, including individuals who rely on Medicaid for long-term services and supports.  Our comments went on to say that eliminating retroactive coverage would likely lead to diminished access to needed care, and lead to worse health outcomes. (PDF)

May

C: On May 25, 2018, AARP sent a comment letter to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to provide feedback on a Request for Information on Direct Provider Contracting (DPC) Models.  In the letter, AARP expressed a commitment to ensuring older Americans have affordable access to high-quality, high-value health care. In particular, AARP has worked to improve quality and cost in Medicare, and ensure the beneficiary’s perspective is part of care delivery.  The letter further stated that as Medicare transitions towards greater use of alternative payment models (APMs), it is essential that the individual and family-caregiver perspective is incorporated into new models of care. (PDF)

L: On May 16, 2018, AARP sent a letter to all members of the U.S. House of Representatives opposing H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018.  In its current form, this bill would have a negative impact on the millions of Americans, including older Americans, who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  SNAP is the nation’s largest federal nutrition program and is an important safety net for the 43 million Americans who rely on the program. (PDF)

April

L: On April 17, 2018 AARP sent a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture concerning the bill H.R.2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018.  In this letter, AARP urged the committee to modify H.R. 2 to avoid the negative impact the current bill would have on the millions of Americans, including older Americans, who rely on the Supplementation Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). (PDF)

L: On April 10, 2018 AARP sent a letter to Chairman Roberts and Ranking Member Stabenow of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry as well as Chairman Conaway and Ranking Member Peterson of the House Committee on Agriculture concerning the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) as part of the 2018 Farm Bill reauthorization.  In the letter, AARP provided a number of specific recommendations to the committee as it moves forward in constructing the bill to ensure that the bill protect and strengthen SNAP -- not add new barriers -- and expand opportunities for qualifying households to have access this critical program. (PDF)

March

L: On March 22, 2018 AARP sent a letter to Congressional leadership concerning the provisions in the FY2018 Omnibus Appropriations Bill.  We thanked them for the provisions that will be of special importance to the health and income security of older Americans.  For example, the bill does not change Medicare Part D donut hole improvements that were recently enacted. Nearly 11 million Medicare beneficiaries fall into the donut hole each year. This is a victory for the millions of older Americans who struggle to afford the drugs they need as prescription drug costs continue to rise.  The bill also increases funding for the Social Security Administration, the Administration on Aging, Housing for the Elderly and Housing Choice Vouchers.  (PDF)

L: On March 14, 2018 AARP sent a letter to Congressional leadership expressing views on the FY2018 omnibus appropriations bill currently under debate.  AARP urged Congress to protect the important headway recently made to address rising prescription drug costs, and oppose any efforts to roll back the progress made that would increase these costs for beneficiaries, take action to strengthen the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces and protect affordability and coverage for millions of Americans, including the six million 50-64 year olds that get their coverage through these marketplaces, and finally to provide additional support for programs important for older Americans. (PDF)

C: On March 6, 2018 AARP submitted a comment letter to U.S. Secretary of Labor, Alexander Acosta concerning a proposed rule that would expand the availability of association health plans (AHPs) by expanding the definition of “employer” under section 3(5) of ERISA.  AARP expressed concerns that the proposed rule’s expansion of AHPs could put consumers at risk of fraud and abuse, preempt state consumer protections and oversight of these insurance products, and greatly increase the likelihood that working Americans, especially those age 50-64, would face higher insurance premiums and loss of access to critical health insurance coverage. (PDF)

January

C: On January 16, 2018 AARP submitted comments in a letter to Seema Verma, Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.  The comments are in response to the Proposed Rule for the CY 2019 Policy and Technical Changes to the Medicare Advantage, Medicare Cost Plan,
Medicare Fee-for-Service, Medicare Prescription Drug Benefits and PACE programs. (PDF)

 

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