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AARP Thanks Congress for Keeping Medicare Fair, Overriding White House Veto
Date:7/15/2008

Bipartisan Bill Improves Low-Income Help and Boosts Quality through

National E-Prescribing, Helps Ensure Access to Doctors

AARP Illinois Key Vote News Alert

CHICAGO, July 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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.

SUMMARY: Today the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate voted overwhelmingly to override a White House veto and pass important Medicare legislation. The Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act will improve Medicare's low-income programs, boost health care quality with a system of national e-prescribing, and help ensure the access of patients to their doctors.

ILLINOIS HOUSE VOTED YES TO PASS VOTED NO ON

MEDICARE BILL MEDICARE BILL

Rush, Bobby D-1 Not voting

Jackson, Jesse D-2 Yes

Lipinski, Dan D-3 Yes

Gutierrez, Luis D-4 Yes

Emanuel, Rahm D-5 Yes

Roskam, Peter R-6 Yes

Davis, Danny D-7 Not voting

Bean, Melissa D-8 Yes

Schakowsky, Janice D-9 Yes

Kirk, Mark R-10 Yes

Weller, Gerald R-11 Yes

Costello, Jerry D-12 Yes

Biggert, Judy R-13 Yes

Foster, Bill D-14 Yes

Johnson, Timothy R-15 Yes

Manzullo, Donald R-16 Yes

Hare, Phil D-17 Yes

LaHood, Ray R-18 Yes

Shimkus, John R-19 Yes

ILLINOIS SENATE

Durbin, Dick (D) Yes

Obama, Barack (D) Not voting

*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.

"Today's vote is a victory for the 44 million Americans who depend on Medicare, and we applaud the Illinois Congressional Delegation for their continued support," said Bob Gallo, AARP Illinois State Director. "This bipartisan legislation will help more Americans afford their health care bills while bringing doctors' offices and pharmacies into the 21st century with e-prescribing. This bill would begin to bring down health care costs for millions of Americans, while reducing dangerous drug interactions with electronic prescriptions."

AARP has been advocating for several months to ensure that lawmakers keep Medicare fair for the people who depend on it when Congress addresses physician payment cuts. AARP has also been advocating for this bill's improvements to Medicare, particularly the low-income programs and electronic prescribing.

Since launching the "Keep Medicare Fair" initiative in April, AARP's grassroots volunteers and activists have sent more than 1.2 million messages to Congress and the White House. 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 positions taken by their elected officials. AARP intends to ensure that its members get that information," Gallo 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.


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