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AARP APPLAUDS BIPARTISAN GROUP CHARGED WITH STATE HEALTH CARE REFORM

AARP APPLAUDS BIPARTISAN GROUP CHARGED WITH STATE HEALTH CARE REFORM
 ST. PAUL, Minn., March 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Minnesota State Legislative Committee today praised HealthRight, the bipartisan proposal for health care reform before the Minnesota Legislature, but sounded a note of caution on two key elements of the plan.
 "This bipartisan proposal is an outstanding first step for health care reform in Minnesota," said Sally Anderberg, chair of the AARP State Legislative Committee. "The overall thrust of this legislation is progressive while the emphasis on such issues as health date collection and rural health problems is long overdue.
 "Along with these positives there are two elements of the plan that need further consideration and debate," continued Anderberg. "First, our reading of the legislation indicates that additional language may be needed to insure universal access to health care for all Minnesotans. And second, our State Legislative Committee is concerned that cost containment features of the legislation may be insufficient to control the runaway inflation of health care costs. AARP's State Legislative Committee, with these two reservations in mind, applauds the efforts of the bipartisan group to begin the massive task of reforming our state's troubled health care delivery system," concluded Anderberg.
 The AARP State Legislative Committee decides and promotes the legislative objectives to be sought by the association in each state legislative session. Composed of volunteers from the AARP membership across the state, the committee works on behalf of not only AARP members, but all older persons and the state community. AARP is the nation's leading organization for people age 50 and older.
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 /CONTACT: Sally Anderberg of the AARP, 612-735-9076/ CO: American Association of Retired Persons ST: Minnesota IN: SU:


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