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AARP Statement and Video on Medicare's 48th Anniversary
Date:7/29/2013

WASHINGTON, July 29, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, AARP released the first in a "commonsense solutions" series of new videos on the 48th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson signing Medicare into law on July 30, 1965.  AARP's Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond released the following statement with the video:

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"As Medicare continues to provide access to health care for millions of seniors and those with disabilities, AARP is celebrating its 48 successful years and advocating for responsible, commonsense solutions that will strengthen the program by lowering drug costs, improving care coordination and cracking down on over-testing, waste and fraud. Nearly 50 million Americans—15 percent of the nation's population, and growing—depend on Medicare for health security which is why AARP will continue our work to ensure that it is there for current and future generations.

"Medicare does face financial challenges, which is why AARP is calling for responsible, commonsense solutions that would help ensure Medicare's continued success,  including fair prescription drug prices and ridding Medicare of waste, fraud, and abuse .For example, AARP supports two bipartisan bills that would prevent drug companies from agreeing to delay consumers' access to lower cost medications.  AARP also supports bipartisan legislation that would crack down on fraud by targeting improper
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