FTC Raises Concerns About Hampering Drug Competition

FTC Raises Concerns About Hampering Drug Competition

Posted on 04/11/2014 by | AARP Utah | Comments

Advocacy Biologic drugs are often used to treat health conditions that affect older populations, such as cancer, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. Derived from living organisms, biologics have an estimated average cost of $35,000 a year — far more than traditional, chemically derived drugs. Congress recently granted the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority to approve less expensive generic versions of biologic drugs, known as biosimilars or follow-on biologics. But while FDA continues to work on the approval process, policymakers are …

OLDER UTHANS STRONGLY SUPPORT BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO FIGHT AGE DISCRIMINATION

OLDER UTHANS STRONGLY SUPPORT BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO FIGHT AGE DISCRIMINATION

Posted on 03/31/2014 by | AARP Utah | Comments

Advocacy   Older Utahns overwhelmingly support bipartisan legislation to combat age discrimination in the workplace, a new AARP survey shows. The poll last month of registered voters 50 and older found a remarkable 85 percent favor passage of the bipartisan “Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act” (POWADA). Significantly, 53 percent of ALL those interviewed said they “strongly” endorsed the bill.  In contrast, only 9 percent oppose passage, the survey reported. “This AARP survey confirms what Utah residents know: huge majorities demand fairness …

Utah Legislative Wrap-Up for 2014

Utah Legislative Wrap-Up for 2014

Posted on 03/18/2014 by | AARP Utah | Comments

Advocacy The 2014 legislative session ended on March 13, and while there is still plenty of work to be done – especially in the area of Medicaid expansion – AARP had a successful session advocating for older Utahns. Here is a rundown of what took place: The legislature passed the Long-Term Care Partnership, SB14, which creates a benefit for Utahns who purchase a qualifying long-term care insurance plan by protecting their assets (up to the value of that plan) from being …

Senate Passes Partial Medicaid Expansion and Allows Governor to Seek Federal Block Grant

Senate Passes Partial Medicaid Expansion and Allows Governor to Seek Federal Block Grant

Posted on 03/10/2014 by | AARP Utah | Comments

Advocacy  In breaking news, the Senate passed legislation allowing Governor Herbert to negotiate with the federal government for a block grant that would essentially cover people up to 138 percent of poverty.  Though not an expansion of the Medicaid program, this grant would allow those up to the full expansion category to purchase private insurance with federal funding.  The House has yet to vote on this plan, and passed an expansion version in committee that would use a much smaller amount …

AARP Utah Legislative Update Week 5

AARP Utah Legislative Update Week 5

Posted on 02/28/2014 by | AARP Utah | Comments

Advocacy As you may have heard, there is a lot of news related to the Medicaid expansion.  A Senate committee passed a bill that would partially expand health coverage meaning those living below the poverty level could get access to health insurance.  But the federal government has said states need to expand up to 138% of the federal poverty level in order to get the enhanced match funds that have been offered.  Just yesterday, Governor Herbert presented his plan to cover …

Utah Legislature Week Four Update

Utah Legislature Week Four Update

Posted on 02/25/2014 by | AARP Utah | Comments

Advocacy There has been a lot of action in the Legislature this week related to the Medicaid expansion. There are roughly 60,000 Utahns who don’t earn enough to qualify for help to purchase health insurance. Last week the House Republicans unveiled their plan created to address the issue, and it has on its way to the House floor for debate.  Instead of partnering with the federal government to provide adequate health coverage to all of those 60,000, they would rather opt …