Navigation Links
AARP Protests Medicare Premium Increases, Delivering Over 20,000 Petitions to Senators Hutchison and Cornyn
Date:5/29/2008

Medicare premiums have doubled since 2000

AUSTIN, Texas, May 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Waving signs and carrying boxes, AARP members and volunteers today delivered more than 20,000 petitions to the offices of Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn in Dallas and Austin, saying it's time for Congress to halt out-of-control Medicare premium increases.

(Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20030514/AARPLOGO )

Congress must act by June 30 to preserve beneficiary access to doctors without penalizing them for a flawed physician payment system. People on Medicare have always been willing to pay their fair share for their health care coverage and they understand that doctors who treat Medicare patients must be paid fairly. But forcing older Americans to pay even higher premiums because of a flawed physician payment system is just not fair. Temporary physician payment fixes by Congress have contributed to a doubling of Medicare premiums since 2000.

"At a time when all Texans are feeling the crunch of higher prices for basic necessities like food and gas, the last thing Medicare beneficiaries who live on fixed incomes need is another increase in their monthly Medicare premium," said AARP Texas State President Gus Cardenas in Austin. "We're asking Senators Hutchison and Cornyn today to help us fix the physician payment problem, not just vote to raise our premiums."

In an AARP poll released earlier this month, 66 percent of adults ages 50 and over said they would vote against a congressional candidate in the general election if that candidate supported increasing monthly premiums. AARP has 39 million members nationally, including 2.3 million in Texas.

More than 20,000 petitions from Texans were hand delivered both to Sen. Hutchison's office in Dallas and Sen. Cornyn's office in Austin, while volunteers held signs that said "Keep Medicare Fair" and "Texans Deserve Better."

Mary Scott, a member of AARP, said in Dallas, "Let's stop using a 'Band-Aid' approach and instead find real solutions to our skyrocketing health care costs. We know that health care costs are going up for everyone, but older Americans in particular are taking it on the chin. Forcing people on Medicare to pay because Congress hasn't found a long- term fix is simply unfair."

AARP's poll found that eight in ten survey respondents opposed raising premiums even higher instead of looking at other recommended ways to lower health care costs. It also found that a vast majority of 50-plus Americans are concerned about their current and future out-of-pocket health care costs (80 percent and 88 percent, respectively). Concern over Medicare premiums even extends to those not yet in the program. Among those ages 50 to 64, 86 percent are concerned about what their premiums will be when they become eligible for Medicare.

Medicare covers only about half of a beneficiary's health care bills, while about one-quarter of the costs are out-of-pocket. This doesn't include long-term care costs, whether at home or in a nursing home, where the average cost is around $75,000 annually. Just one hospital visit can cost as much as $1,000 out-of-pocket, making it particularly tough on seniors on fixed income.

AARP has been working to keep premiums fair and improve Medicare's low-income programs, including the Part D Low-Income Subsidy and Medicare Savings Programs. The grassroots effort has already generated more than 325,000 signed petitions - including over 20,000 from Texans -- as well as 26,000 calls and 150,000 e-mails to Senate offices. Television, print and online ads are running in major markets around the country.

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, published bimonthly; AARP Bulletin, our monthly newspaper; AARP Segunda Juventud, our bimonthly magazine in Spanish and English; NRTA Live & Learn, our quarterly newsletter for 50+ educators; and our website, http://www.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.


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

Related medicine news :

1. Hospital Chain and Hand Picked Union, SEIU, Forced to Cancel Rigged Election After Protests by RNs and Other Employees
2. National Frontline Caregiver Coalition: Bush Administration Medicare Cuts Will Undercut Rural Americas Nursing Home Care
3. New Study of Bush Medicare Cuts: Texas Rural Seniors, Nursing Homes 2nd Hardest Hit in Nation
4. AHCA, Alliance Warn Rural Seniors Will Bear Major Brunt of Bush Administrations Medicare Cuts
5. Medtronic Spine, Formerly Kyphon Inc., to Pay U.S. $75 Million to Resolve Allegations Of Defrauding Medicare
6. Doctor Diabetic Supply Awarded by Medicare to Provide Mail-Order Diabetic Testing Supplies in 10 Metropolitan Areas
7. New Study: Texas Seniors 4th Hardest-Hit from Proposed Bush Administration Medicare Cuts
8. New Studies of Bush Administration $770 Million SNF Medicare Cut Find Seniors Care Jeopardized, Local Jobs Lost, National and State Economies Threatened
9. Care in California Nursing Homes Improves Under Medicare Quality Initiative
10. Traditional Medicare Benefit Information Soon to be Available Online to Doctors and Hospitals through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Web Portal
11. Strike Force Targets Medicare Fraud By Los Angeles Area Health Care Companies
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... February 05, 2016 , ... Looking for a last-minute Valentine’s Day ... tips of your toes. Foot massage, whether administered by a professional masseuse or a ... The American Board of Multiple Specialties in Podiatry (ABMSP) has taken the ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... Florida (PRWEB) , ... February 05, 2016 , ... ... non-profit organization devoted exclusively to funding innovative lymphoma research and serving the lymphoma ... – is poised to once again host, Swirl, A Wine Tasting Event at ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... 05, 2016 , ... The American public tends to feel uncomfortable about drinking ... regular municipal or well water. The recent experience with lead contaminated water in Flint, ... long way toward increasing public acceptance of recycled waste water as drinking water. ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... February 05, 2016 , ... Boar’s Head Brand®, one of the ... this weekend’s Big Game. Take the stress out of your party preparation – follow ... happy at every stage of the game. , “The key to hosting a successful ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... February 05, 2016 , ... Dr. Justin ... announce their 2nd Annual No Cost Dental Day to individuals in need. The event ... purpose of this No Cost Dental Day is to provide dental care to community ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/4/2016)... Feb. 4, 2016  Edwards Lifesciences Corporation (NYSE: ... structural heart disease and critical care monitoring, announced today ... (ASR) agreement with Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC to ... is part of the Company,s previously authorized program to ... stock.  --> --> ...
(Date:2/4/2016)... , Feb. 4, 2016 Wegener ... Global Markets Direct,s, ,Wegener Polyangiitis - Pipeline ... Wegener Polyangiitis,s therapeutic pipeline. This report provides ... Polyangiitis, complete with comparative analysis at various stages, ... (MoA), route of administration (RoA) and molecule type, ...
(Date:2/4/2016)... -- Omnicell, Inc. (NASDAQ: OMCL ), a leading provider of ... announced results for its fiscal year and fourth quarter ... --> GAAP results: Revenue for the fourth quarter ... 4.1% from the third quarter of 2015, and up ... 2014. Revenue for the year ended December 31, 2015 was ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: