Press Release             

Contact: Paul Precht
Director of Policy and Communications

March 21, 2010

Statement by Medicare Rights Center President Joe Baker on House Passage of Health Reform

New York, NY—Today’s historic vote in the House of Representatives for health reform legislation puts our country one step closer to providing health coverage for all Americans and strengthening Medicare for generations to come. The courageous lawmakers who voted for this bill are delivering real benefits for their constituents, especially those who rely on Medicare for their health care. People with Medicare will save hundreds of dollars each year as the coverage gap in the Medicare drug benefit is phased out. They will have better access to preventive services and primary care. Hospitals and doctors will have new incentives to provide high-quality, coordinated care that will help people with Medicare manage chronic conditions. Medicare’s finances will be stronger and the budget deficit will be reduced.

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