WASHINGTON, July 13, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond reiterated AARP's firm opposition to the latest version of the harmful Senate health bill:
"This bill may have changed but the results are the same: higher costs and less coverage for older Americans. We urge the Senate to vote 'NO' and start from scratch on a new health bill that lowers costs and maintains vital protections and coverage that millions of Americans count on.
"AARP reiterates our opposition to the Age Tax which would allow insurance companies to charge older Americans five times more than everyone else for the same coverage while reducing tax credits that help make insurance affordable, and we strongly oppose increasing costs for people with pre-existing conditions.
"AARP also remains alarmed at the Senate bill's drastic Medicaid cuts. The proposed cuts would leave millions of Americans, including 17.4 million poor seniors and people with disabilities, at risk of losing the care they need and their ability to live independently in their homes and communities.
"AARP will hold all 100 Senators accountable for their votes on this harmful health care bill. Our members care deeply about their health care and have told us repeatedly that they want to know where their elected officials stand. We strongly urge the Senate to reject this bill."
About AARP AARP is the nation's largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering Americans 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With nearly 38 million members and offices in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and advocate for what matters most to families with a focus on health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also works for individuals in the marketplace by sparking new solutions and allowing carefully chosen, high-quality products and services to carry the AARP name. As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the world's largest circulation publications, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit www.aarp.org or follow @AARPand @AARPadvocateson social media.