Monday, March 12, 2018

Advocacy Update March 12, 2018

Federal Advocacy

AARP is urging Congress to stop big drug companies from breaking the Medicare “doughnut hole” deal and asking seniors to pay more.  The ink isn't even dry on the budget deal, yet drug companies are already spending millions to try and protect their profits, so they can continue price-gouging older Americans.

Let's be clear: Americans already pay the highest prescription drug prices in the world. Congress needs to do their job and make prescription drugs more accessible and affordable.  It's wrong for drug companies to try to overturn the deal and pass higher costs back to seniors.  Since 2010, nearly 12 million people with Medicare have saved over $26 billion on prescription drugs due to the closing of the "doughnut hole." 

Tell Congress to stand up to big drug companies and lower drug costs for seniors.  

State Advocacy

House bill 336, Supported Decision Making Agreements, passed out of the House HSS Committee on Thursday with a unanimous vote.  This bill, one of AARP Alaska's legislative priorities, creates an alternative to court appointed guardianship for vulnerable adults, and establishes a person-centered decision making process.  The bill now goes to the House Judiciary Committee.

Senate Bill 63, which provides for statewide smoke-free workplaces, continues to stall in the House Rules Committee.  Urge your representative to get the bill out of committee to a vote of the entire House.
  
Local Advocacy

The AARP Foundation's Tax-Aide program provides free tax preparation for low-income Alaskans. Sites are open statewide, find a site near you.

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