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AARP Illinois Key Vote News Alert
Date:11/8/2009

AARP Praises House Passage of Health Care Reform Bill

Critical legislation would strengthen Medicare, improve coverage for all Americans

CHICAGO, Nov. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the United States House of Representatives passed by a vote of 220-215, critical health care reform legislation that would strengthen Medicare for seniors and end discrimination by insurance companies that prices millions of Americans out of affordable health coverage.

The Affordable Health Care for America Act (H.R. 3962) makes prescription drugs more affordable for seniors by closing the dangerous gap in Medicare drug coverage and allowing the program to negotiate lower drug prices. It adds cost-free preventive services like cancer screenings and cracks down on waste and fraud to protect and strengthen traditional Medicare benefits. In addition, the legislation provides benefits to help seniors and people with disabilities live in their own homes and communities by establishing the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) program.

For all Americans -- especially those age 50 to 64 who often struggle to find affordable insurance -- this plan strictly limits how much more insurance companies can charge based on age, and stops insurers from denying coverage based on a person's health history or gender. For those who still cannot find affordable coverage on their own, this bill offers help so they can purchase insurance.

ILLINOIS HOUSE MEMBERS VOTE:


    ILLINOIS                   VOTED YES ON THE            VOTED NO ON THE
                             AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE     AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE
                                FOR AMERICA ACT             FOR AMERICA ACT
    ----------------------   ----------------------     ----------------------
    Bobby Rush (D)                    X
    Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D)            X
    Daniel Lipinski (D)               
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