AARP Urges Nevada Lawmakers to Protect Patients in National Health Reform

Health care.

It’s the reason patients, doctors, hospitals and several leading national advocacy organizations, including AARP, gathered in Reno, Nev., on Wednesday morning. They were assembled to highlight concerns Nevadans have about health reform proposals being discussed in Congress, specifically the American Health Care Act (AHCA) that passed the U.S. House of Representatives in May.

“We have an urgent mission, combining our strength to implore the U.S. Senate to scrap the harmful act that the House passed on May 4th,” said AARP Board of Directors President Eric Schneidewind. “We have joined forces to urge the Senate to start fresh, to create a new bill that hangs on to the hard-won health insurance protections that Americans have gained in recent years. We need a bipartisan bill that will put patients first.”

Under the AHCA, 440,000 Nevadans under age 65 (25 percent of the population) with preexisting health conditions, such as diabetes, cancer or heart disease, could see their insurance premiums skyrocket. Additionally, the AHCA would cut $839 billion from Medicaid nationally over 10 years, which would have a significant impact on Nevada residents; this includes 51,000 people age 65 and older, 73,000 people with disabilities and 245,000 men, women and children who receive addiction treatment through Medicaid.

The groups’ top spokespeople at the Protect Patients First program urged Nevada lawmakers to do just that, addressing shortcomings in four key areas: affordability of insurance, access to essential care, protection for those on Medicaid and protection for those with employer-sponsored health insurance.

“Our groups have diverse interests but we share a deep concern about the dire effects of this house-passed bill,” Schneidewind said.

This is the second event of the Protect Patients First series that organizers are hosting across the country; the first was in Ohio. The groups plan to host events in Colorado and West Virginia in the weeks ahead. The hope is to get the attention of Congress to protect patients first and take a bipartisan approach to reforming a health care system that focuses on the health of all Americans.

For details on future health events, email and follow @AARPMedia.


Search AARP Blogs

Related Posts
March 26, 2019 01:51 PM
Technology holds great promise in addressing the needs of older adults as they focus on remaining healthy, active, socially connected and independent. To understand their behavior around adopting tech products, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) and the CTA Foundation surveyed older adults and caregivers and found a deep interest among the group to embrace tech that promises greater convenience, safety and health.
March 25, 2019 02:24 PM
Skyrocketing prescription drug prices have been a major, ongoing concern for many Americans, particularly older Americans. A new AARP survey confirms this: 72 percent of adults age 50 and older said they’re worried about being able to afford their medications. Seniors are especially vulnerable to rising drug prices because they take an average of 4.5 prescription drugs each month. In 2015 alone, Medicare beneficiaries spent nearly $27 billion in out-of-pocket costs for their prescription drugs.
March 19, 2019 01:50 PM
AARP recently won a prominent " Sharecare Award" for its video spotlighting men as family caregivers, raising attention to an often hidden but vitally important group of people. Co-produced with AARP Studios, the 3-minute video offers an inside look at a gathering of African-American men from Philadelphia who support one another and openly share their unique challenges.