David Certner

David Certner is the Legislative Counsel and Legislative Policy Director for Government Affairs at AARP, serving as counsel for the Association's legislative, regulatory, and policy efforts at the federal and state level, as well as for litigation opportunities before the courts. Follow on Twitter @DavidCertner.
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You might soon be paying more for your insurance than some of your coworkers if you are unwilling to share your medical information with your employer, according to rules released May 16 by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The new rules allow employers to charge employees a penalty equal to 30 percent of the total employer-employee cost of employee-only health insurance unless they divulge their health data to their employer’s workplace wellness program.
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En español | According to the Council of Economic Advisers, last year alone, a retirement savings advice loophole cost Americans $17 billion as a result of extra fees.
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UPDATE (5/16/2016): AARP is deeply disappointed with the new EEOC rules on workplace wellness programs. Read our press release.
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The Employee Benefits Security Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor had a public hearing Aug. 10 on its proposed rule to close a conflict-of-interest loophole in investment advice. The following is testimony I presented.
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On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Medicare program into law. Today, we celebrate 50 years of Medicare providing affordable, guaranteed health care to millions of Americans — but we also look toward its future. We must recommit ourselves to keeping this vital lifeline strong for current and future generations.
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In the same week as its 50th anniversary, the Senate finally renewed the Older Americans Act (OAA). Thanks to the bipartisan support of Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the Older Americans Act is moving forward after 5 years of inaction.
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Yesterday was the due date for comments on a rule proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor that would protect people with 401(k)s and IRAs from conflicts of interest in the financial services industry.
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In response to an earlier request from LT-HHS-AdvanceCare-051215 , we are pleased that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has recommended in its recent proposed update to the Medicare physician fee schedule that Medicare be able to pay for advance care planning (ACP) services from physicians and other providers.
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BREAKING NEWS: On August 6, President Obama signed the NOTICE Act into law!
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