Press Release             

Contact: Nathan Heggem
Senior Communications and
Policy Associate

September 12, 2011

Medicare Rights Center Sends Letter to Congressional Supercommittee on
Eve of Meeting
-- Letter Includes Report Featuring Personal Stories From People With Medicare --

New York, NY – As the newly formed Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, also known as the “supercommittee,” prepares to hold its first substantive meeting on Tuesday, September 13, the Medicare Rights Center sent committee members a letter today urging them to resist proposals that would shift costs to Medicare beneficiaries or reduce access to care.

Medicare Rights attached to the letter “Medicare Voices,” a new report that features stories from across the nation from actual people with Medicare and the professionals who help them, collected as responses to the question “What do you like about Medicare?” The report highlights the importance of the Medicare program in the lives of those who depend upon it.

“We talk to people with Medicare every day on our national helpline, and we know that they not only like the program immensely, but they also rely upon it deeply for health and financial security,” said Joe Baker, president of the Medicare Rights Center. “They like that the promise the Medicare program holds true—high-quality, affordable health care for all older adults and people with disabilities—but they also know that certain proposals threaten to break that promise. The supercommittee would do well to listen to their voices.”

Over the next few months, the members of the supercommittee will consider various deficit-reduction proposals in an attempt to find $1.2 to $1.5 trillion in additional deficit reduction. The committee must vote on a package of recommendations by November 23, 2011.

Read “Medicare Voices.”

Read the letter to the supercommittee.

To learn more about the Medicare population and the deficit-reduction proposals that would affect them, read “Painting a Grim Picture: Deficit-Reduction Proposals that Hurt People with Medicare.”

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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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