AARP and Insurance Commissioner call for veto of healthcare compact bill

AARP and Insurance Commissioner call for veto of healthcare compact bill

Posted on 04/15/2014 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

Health & Wellbeing   Topeka – AARP Kansas Director Maren Turner and Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger, at a Statehouse news conference today, urged Governor Brownback to veto House Bill 2553, a bill passed by the Kansas Legislature that would allow the state to join an Interstate Health Care Compact and place federal funding for all health care services in the state, including funding for such programs as Medicare, Medicaid, and Healthwave (children’s health insurance) under the control of the state legislature and …

AARP Urges Veto of Healthcare Compact Bill

AARP Urges Veto of Healthcare Compact Bill

Posted on 04/8/2014 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Medicare and other healthcare programs in danger if House Bill 2553  is signed by Governor Brownback.  AARP is asking its members and all Kansans to contact the Governor  (contact information below) and urge him to veto House Bill 2553.  The following letter to the editor by AARP Kansas volunteer David Wilson explains why: Compact bill puts Medicare at risk By Dave Wilson One of the most frivolous and dangerous legislative measures has been approved by the Kansas House and Senate …

Making Sense of Health Insurance Lingo

Making Sense of Health Insurance Lingo

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Nicole Duritz If you’re like me, one of the more uncomfortable parts about seeing a doctor is putting on the paper gown. Does the opening go in the front or the back? Can I get it on before the door opens? Why is the office always so cold? Sometimes I feel just as exposed when I don’t understand certain terms in the pages of paperwork my insurance provider sends me after a routine appointment. For many people, the language …

AARP Urges Congress to Act on Doc Fix

AARP Urges Congress to Act on Doc Fix

Posted on 03/27/2014 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

Health & Wellbeing WASHINGTON, D.C.  – Today, AARP released the following statement from Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond on the vote expected today in the House of Representatives on a short-term Sustainable Growth Rate patch: “With the March 31 deadline looming, it is imperative that Congress act soon to prevent the scheduled 24 percent cut to Medicare physician reimbursement rates. Constant threats of large physician cuts cause beneficiaries to worry that their doctors and providers will no longer be able to see them. …

Kansas Residents Saved more than $32 Million on Prescription Drugs in 2013 Under the ACA

Kansas Residents Saved more than $32 Million on Prescription Drugs in 2013 Under the ACA

Posted on 03/24/2014 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

Health & Wellbeing The numbers are in, and they are impressive – Kansas residents on Medicare saved $32,404,832 on their prescription drugs in 2013, thanks to the closing of the “donut hole” for prescriptions under the Affordable Care Act – or an average discount per beneficiary of $801. Nationally, 7.9 million people who are on Medicare have saved over $9.927 billion on prescription drugs under the Affordable Care Act and its provision closing the “donut hole,” the gap in Medicare Part D prescription …

AARP Kansas Joins Medicaid Expansion Rally

AARP Kansas Joins Medicaid Expansion Rally

Posted on 03/19/2014 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

Health & Wellbeing AARP Kansas volunteers and staff were front and center at the Medicaid Expansion rally on March 18 at the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka.  The rally, organized by the Kansas Medicaid Access Coalition, of which AARP Kansas is a member, attracted more than 200 citizens from across the state who are concerned that Kansas is losing out on money from the federal government that could be used to provide access to affordable healthcare from more than 78,000 Kansans.  These thousands of …