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AARP NY Praises House Passage of Health Care Reform Bill
Date:11/8/2009

Critical legislation would strengthen Medicare, improve coverage for all Americans

NEW YORK, Nov. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- SUMMARY: Yesterday the United States House of Representatives passed 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.

    NY                                          VOTED YES ON     VOTED NO ON
                                               THE AFFORDABLE   THE AFFORDABLE
                                                HEALTH CARE      HEALTH CARE
                                              FOR AMERICA ACT  FOR AMERICA ACT
    Ackerman, Gary L.; New York, 5th                  X
    Arcuri, Michael A.; New York, 24th                X
    Bishop, Timothy H.; New York, 1st                 X
    Clarke, Yvette D.; New York, 11th                 X
    Crowley, 
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