Press Release             

Contact: Paul Precht
Director of Policy and Communications

Akiko Takano
Deputy Director of Communications

September 23, 2009

Statement by Medicare Rights Center President Joseph Baker on Key Votes Facing the Senate Finance Committee

New York, NY—Today, the Medicare Rights Center sent a letter to all members of the Senate Finance Committee, urging them to vote for amendments to health reform legislation that would close the coverage gap in the Medicare drug benefit—the infamous doughnut hole—and improve access to programs that help low-income people with Medicare afford their premiums and copayments. Passage of these two amendments is crucial to ensuring that health reform legislation improves coverage for older adults and people with disabilities. The votes on the amendments to close the doughnut hole and strengthen programs for low-income people with Medicare are a crucial test of the commitment of Finance Committee members to older adults and people with disabilities in their states who need access to affordable, quality health care.

Read a copy of the letter at

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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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