— SENATE HEALTH CARE BILL UNFAIR AND UNAFFORDABLE FOR MAINERS A VOTE ON THE BILL COULD TAKE PLACE AS EARLY AS MONDAY OR TUESDAY (JULY 24 or 25) SO PLEASE URGE SENATOR COLLINS TO STAND STRONG FOR MAINE AND VOTE NO: CALL 1-844-226-7032 Click here to see a message from our State Director, Lori Parham, on the impact of this legislation for Maine: https://www.facebook.com/AARPMaine/videos/10154414533941706/     After working behind closed doors, Senate leadership finally released their health care bill – The Better …

— by Susan Reinhard, Jean Accius, Lynda Flowers and Ari Houser AARP Public Policy Institute July 13, 2017 The Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) now under consideration in the Senate would drastically alter Alaska’s Medicaid program. The proposed Senate bill would change the way the federal government currently funds Medicaid by limiting federal funding and shifting cost over time to both states and Medicaid enrollees. The BCRA would subject older adults, adults with disabilities, Medicaid expansion adults, and non-disabled children under age …

— AARP Executive Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer Nancy LeaMond sent the following letter to all 100 Senators in response to the Congressional Budget Office score of the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, urging them to vote ‘NO’ on the bill. Here is the letter in full: June 27, 2017 Dear Senator: Older Americans care deeply about access to and affordability of health care. They need and deserve affordable premiums, lower out of pocket costs, and coverage they can count on …

— Statement from AARP North Carolina State Director Doug Dickerson in reaction to the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017: “AARP North Carolina is urging Senators Burr and Tillis to oppose the proposed Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017.  The design of the plan will most surely result in higher health care costs for adults younger than 65 while providing for less healthcare coverage, and do nothing to rein in escalating costs of prescription drugs. It also undermines the recent advances …