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AARP Disappointed by U.S. Senate Vote to Block Medicare Improvement Bill
Date:6/12/2008

Bipartisan Package Would Have Improved Benefits for Prevention, Mental Health and Low-Income Programs, Boosted Quality through National E-Prescribing

CHICAGO, June 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today a minority of the U.S. Senate blocked critical legislation to protect and improve Medicare for the 44 million Americans who depend on it. The Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act, which would have improved Medicare's prevention, mental health, and low-income programs and instituted a national program for electronic prescribing, was blocked by a group of Senators during a procedural vote.

VOTED YES TO MOVE VOTED TO BLOCK MEDICARE

Illinois MEDICARE BILL TO DEBATE IMPROVEMENT BILL

AND VOTE

Durbin, Richard X

Obama, Barack*

*Did not vote

** How a legislator votes on issues is only one factor in evaluating his or her legislative performance, which should also include such things as constituency services and committee work.

"While we are disappointed by today's outcome, we applaud Senator Durbin for voting to improve Medicare and bring this bill to the floor for an up-or-down vote," said Bob Gallo, Illinois State Director for AARP. "This bipartisan legislation would have helped more Americans afford their health care bills while bringing our doctors' offices and pharmacies into the 21st century with e-prescribing. We look forward to continuing to work with Senator Durbin and his colleagues to pass a bill this month to improve Medicare and keep premiums fair for the 44 million Americans who rely on the program."

AARP has been advocating for several months to ensure that people in Medicare do not face an unfair increase in their premiums when Congress addresses physician payment cuts. AARP has also been advocating for improvements to Medicare, particularly the low-income programs, including raising asset limits,
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