FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Lori Parham, AARP Maine State Director
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Jane Margesson, AARP Maine Communications Director
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AARP Maine Applauds Bi-Partisan Override of State Budget Veto
Congratulates Legislature for Restoring Funding to Programs Critical to Seniors, Disabled
PORTLAND: AARP Maine applauds the State Legislature for overriding Governor Paul LePage’s veto of the state budget which includes restored funding for programs critical to many of Maine’s most at-risk residents. In particular, AARP Maine has been closely monitoring funding for the Medicare Savings Program (MSP) and the Drugs for the Elderly program (DEL), both of which provide access to essential health care and prescription drug coverage for seniors and adults with disabilities.
“On behalf of our 230,000 members in Maine, AARP congratulates the Maine State legislature for working together in the spirit of bi-partisanship to override Governor LePage’s veto and pass the state budget,” said Lori Parham, AARP Maine State Director. “The legislature made the right decision to ensure tens of thousands of Mainers will still have access to the health care programs and services they need.”
The Medicare Savings Program (MSP) covers Medicare Part B premiums which pay for doctor visits, preventive care, ambulance services and outpatient care. It also covers Medicare Part D prescription drug costs and co-payments. Without the successful override, 40,000 seniors and adults with disabilities would have been cut from the program. Depending on their individual circumstances, these at-risk Mainers would have lost some or all coverage for prescription drugs, hospital deductibles, skilled nursing care, outpatient medical services and more.
Maine’s Drugs for the Elderly program (DEL) helps pay for prescription drugs for low-income Mainers who are 62 or older and not yet eligible for Medicare. Without the successful veto override, 80,000 individuals would have lost their prescription drug coverage through the program.
“AARP members voiced their concerns about the proposed cuts to the DEL and MSP throughout the session,” said Parham. “AARP Maine fights on the issues our members and their families care about. We are pleased that their voices and the voices of Maine’s most vulnerable citizens were heard in Augusta.”
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