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Confused by the Conflicting Claims About the New Health Care Bill? AARP Offers "Get the Facts" Website

As a part of its efforts to help older Americans understand the impact of the recently enacted health reform package, AARP has launched new on-line resources for people with questions about the new law.

The AARP Bulletin's new "Health Care Reform Explained" column - available at www.aarp.org/getthefacts - provides practical answers and charts that detail how the new law will impact older citizens. It also directly addresses questions submitted by visitors. Each week, AARP is answering the top questions about the new health care reform law emailed by readers to HCRquestions@aarp.org.

"Older Americans have a lot at stake as the new health reform package rolls out, and they're having a hard time getting complete or consistent information about how it will affect them," said AARP Senior Vice President Drew Nannis. "This new resource is just the latest part of our efforts to make sure they have straightforward, reliable information to make the best decisions for themselves and their families."

AARP's Get the Facts website hosts a user-friendly guide to understanding the benefits of the new health care law, as well as fact sheets in plain language on various topics including prescription drugs and long-term care. The page offers information both for people in Medicare and for those with private health insurance.

The new "Health Care Reform Explained" column follows the model of the AARP Bulletin's "Ask Ms. Medicare" column, which has become the go-to consumer information resource for millions of people who navigate the in's and out's of the Medicare program. Since announcing the new effort in an email to members late last week, more than 30,000 people have visited the page and submitted hundreds of questions.

Nannis added: "AARP will use all of our communication channels - from our publications and website to in-person events - to make sure that our members and all older Americans have reliable information about what they can expect - and how they can benefit - from health care reform."

AARP's web site will be continually updated with answers to the latest questions sent in to HCRquestions@aarp.org, as well as other useful information to help older Americans get the most out of the new health care reform law.

Print materials explaining the new law are also available at AARP Vermont's office in Burlington by calling 866-227-7451.

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