Press Release             

Contact: Paul Precht
Director of Policy and Communications

Akiko Takano
Deputy Director of Communications

July 31, 2009

Statement by Medicare Rights Center President Joseph Baker on Approval of Health Reform Legislation by the House Energy and Commerce Committee

New York, NY – Today’s committee vote for health reform legislation is good news for people with Medicare and all Americans. People with disabilities who are waiting for Medicare coverage to begin will be able to obtain affordable coverage without being denied insurance because of their disability. The younger spouses of new retirees with Medicare will have new coverage options as they approach Medicare eligibility at age 65. The bill puts Medicare on a more sound financial footing, ensuring that it will continue to provide health security in the coming years. Importantly, HR3200 phases out the doughnut hole, the gap in Medicare drug coverage that forces many older adults and people with disabilities to stop taking essential medicines because of their high prices, and allows Medicare to negotiate to lower those prices. This legislation deserves the support of older adults and people with disabilities who rely on Medicare for their health care.

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Medicare Rights Center is a national, nonprofit consumer service organization that works to ensure access to affordable health care for older adults and people with disabilities through counseling and advocacy, educational programs, and public policy initiatives.


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