New Poll Shows North Dakota’s 50-Plus Voters United in Concern Over Health Care and Financial Security
In a newly released AARP poll, North Dakota voters age 50 and over are united in their concern over health care and personal finance issues. The poll found that health care and Social Security are critically important issues to 50-plus voters as they cast their ballots this fall, and a strong majority (79 percent) believe it is unfair to deny coverage or charge those with pre-existing conditions more for health care.
Medicare contributes $1.3 billion to North Dakota’s economy, equivalent to 12 percent of state and local government spending in the state, according to a new report from AARP. Medicare also covers 116,951 beneficiaries in the state. Older Americans have said Medicare is one of their top issues in the 2018 mid-term elections, and AARP North Dakota is working to encourage voter participation this election season.
Starting in April, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin mailing new Medicare cards to all people with Medicare, including 126,000 in North Dakota.
The numbers are in, and they are impressive – 9,725 North Dakota residents on Medicare saved nearly $7.7 million 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 $791.
On Nov. 19, AARP sent a letter to members of Congress and the President opposing proposed changes to Medicare and Medicaid that simply shift costs to seniors, including raising the eligibility age for Medicare. Read the full text of the letter to members of the House of Representatives, the Senate and the President here.
The opinions of more than 2,200 North Dakotans were conveyed to North Dakota’s members of Congress and congressional candidates in a report entitled “ North Dakotans Have Their Say about Medicare and Social Security.”
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