Navigation Links
AARP PENNSYLVANIA NEWS ALERT: AARP Dismayed by 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

HARRISBURG, Pa., June 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- SUMMARY: 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.

Pennsylvania VOTED YES TO MOVE MEDICARE VOTED TO BLOCK MEDICARE

BILL TO DEBATE AND VOTE IMPROVEMENT BILL

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

Casey, Robert X

Specter, Arlen X

** 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 Senators Casey and Specter for voting to improve Medicare and bring this bill to the floor for an up-or-down vote," said Dick Chevrefils, State Director of AARP Pennsylvania. "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 Casey and Specter and their 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, simplifying the application process and improving collaboration between Medicare and the Social Security Administration to screen people who may be eligible for low-income help and not know it. The bill brought up for a cloture vote today included all of these changes.

The AARP initiative, titled "Keep Medicare Fair," to date has generated more than a half million phone calls, e-mails and petitions sent to Senate offices. As part of this effort, an AARP survey released May 19 found that of adults 50-plus, 81 percent oppose additional increases to Medicare premiums and 66 percent are less likely to vote for a Member of Congress who supports those increases.

AARP notified the 110th Congress that it was tracking roll call votes on key legislation important to its 39 million members and reporting the outcomes of these votes back to its members. "We believe people make the right choices when they understand the issues and position taken by their elected officials. AARP intends to ensure that its members get that information," Chevrefils concluded.

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world's largest-circulation magazine with over 33 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP's 39 million members and Americans 50+; AARP Segunda Juventud, the only bilingual U.S. publication dedicated exclusively to the 50+ Hispanic community; and our website, AARP.org. AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

ATTENTION NEWS DESKS: AARP is recording House and Senate roll call votes on key issues throughout the 110th Congress, and informing its nearly 40 million members of the results of these key votes.

CONTACT: Steve Gardner of AARP Pennsylvania, +1-717-237-6481


'/>"/>
SOURCE AARP Pennsylvania
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Pennsylvania Injuries Rise After Repeal of Helmet Law
2. Eatn Park Restaurants - States Largest Family Dining Chain - Congratulates Pennsylvania House and Senate for Passing Smoking Ban
3. Pennsylvania DPW Secretary Corrects the Record on State Funding For Nursing Homes
4. Pennsylvania Attorney General Corbett Announces Multi-State Settlement With Express Scripts Inc.
5. Pennsylvania Department of Health Confirms Rabid Kitten Found in Adams County
6. Pennsylvania Attorney General Corbett Announces a Multi-state, $58 Million Settlement With Merck Over Deceptive Advertising Concerning the Safety of Vioxx
7. UPMC for Life is Pennsylvania Sponsor for National Senior Health & Fitness Day
8. Suicide Prevention Group Delivers Much-Needed Message to Pennsylvanias Elderly
9. Statement from NARAL Pro-Choice Pennsylvania on NARAL Pro-Choice Americas Endorsement of Senator Barack Obama for President
10. Duska Therapeutics Sponsored University of Pennsylvania Study Demonstrates ATP Improves Sperm Motility and In Vitro Fertilization in Animals
11. Pennsylvania Conference Committee Should Approve Smoke-Free Bill That Covers All Workplaces and Protects All Workers
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/26/2017)... ... February 26, 2017 , ... ODH, Inc.™ announced today ... 27-28 at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel in Arlington, VA. ODH’s director of medical ... behavioral health analytics to improve Medicaid population health management. , ODH will also have ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... ... February 24, 2017 , ... Houston dentist ... his office, Antoine Dental Center. Currently, patients can get single dental implants for ... but patients can learn more about these offers by contacting Antoine Dental Center. ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... ... ... The Smart Machine Age is here, and it’s disrupting everything. Not only could ... in the United States may be taken over by technology in the next five ... steamrolls over colleagues is drawing to a close. Success will belong to those who ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... February 24, 2017 , ... With ProGlass ... Cut Pro X . Users have total control over position, rotation, distortion, edge softness, ... all within Final Cut Pro X. , With ProGlass Prism users are given the ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... ... 2017 , ... The Radiology Business Management Association will select the ... annual Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs conference, held this year from March ... Nine awards are given out in five categories. They are:, , ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/24/2017)... NEW YORK , Feb. 23, 2017 ... gives comprehensive insights on the various drugs ... The report covers all the drugs that ... Preclinical & Clinical). The pipeline focuses on ... small molecules, antibodies, stem cell therapies, recombinant ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of the ... report to their offering. ... The latest research Urinary Incontinence Drugs Price Analysis and ... global Urinary Incontinence market. The research answers the following questions: ... for Urinary Incontinence and their clinical attributes? How are they positioned ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... LG Innotek hat heute die weltweit erste ... das 1,5-fache des 45-mW-Moduls der Konkurrenz. UV-C ... und 280 nm und eignet sich damit für Sterilisationsaufgaben. Es ... zerstört. Das Produkt von LG Innotek erzeugt UV-Strahlung im ... ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: