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Rep. Young Votes To Cut Seniors A Break

Washington, D.C. - Alaskan Congressman Don Young joined his colleagues on both sides of the aisle Sept. 24 in voting yes on legislation protecting Medicare beneficiaries from an unfair Part B premium increase.  H.R. 3631, the Medicare Premium Fairness Act, would prevent any Medicare beneficiary from receiving a Part B premium increase in 2010, in light of indications that seniors may not receive an annual Cost-Of-Living Adjustment (COLA) in their Social Security benefits next year. 

"Good health care needs to be accessible and affordable, and Medicare is a big part of that equation," said Rep. Young.  "Based on the COLA equation, it does not appear that there will be an increase next year, however Medicare premiums will still increase; we cannot burden our seniors with this extra cost.  We are facing tough economic times right now and the last thing we need to do to our seniors is make them choose between paying their insurance premiums and buying groceries. 

"Quite obviously health care is a contentious issue on Capitol Hill and across America right now, and who knows when we are going to be able to come to an agreement on how to solve the problem?  But in the meantime, we can make these little fixes along the way, like covering an increase in premiums, or securing money for hometown health projects, like the funding I secured for our community health centers and the Providence Residency Program.  These little things make a difference in the long run, and are especially important at a time like the one we're facing now, we're everything else seems to be uncertain."

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