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Governor Hickenlooper signs Medicaid Expansion into law


AARP Colorado staff, representing more than 650,000 members in the state, witnessed the signing by Gov. John Hickenlooper of the law to expand Medicaid.

“We believe this move will provide coverage for hardworking people who’ve paid their share all their lives but are now struggling to make ends meet,” said AARP State Director Morie Smile. “In addition, expanding Medicaid will give people without insurance access to preventive care that can save lives, and ease dangerous and expensive emergency room overcrowding that hurts all of us.”

Senate Bill 200 was a bipartisan bill, for the most part, that enacts the expansion of Medicaid as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

As a nonprofit, nonpartisan social welfare organization with a membership and offices in all 50 states, the mission of AARP is to help people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. We seek to help older Americans live long and healthy lives.

AARP is helping older Americans who’ve lost their jobs, are struggling to find new ones and can't get affordable health care.  Expanding Medicaid will help thousands of 50 to 64-year-olds who’ve lost their jobs or are struggling in jobs without health benefits, but don't currently qualify for Medicaid.

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