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Des Moines Register: Is AARP representing seniors or insurers on drug costs?

From skyrocketing health insurance premiums, massive deductibles, high drug prices and other unexpected out of pocket costs, affordable health care is becoming increasingly out of reach for far too many Iowa patients and families. Add other calamities such as UnitedHealthcare’s recent walkout on hundreds of thousands of Iowa Medicaid recipients and the situation is even more troubling.

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Forbes: Once Again, Is AARP Advocating For Older Americans Or For Itself?

In 1996, the New York Times said the AARP’s credibility would be at stake if it proceeded with efforts to license its name to managed care plans for a fee because “the policies that might be best for the elderly are not always the policies that are best for the bank account of the A.A.R.P.” Undaunted, the AARP charged full speed ahead. Since then, the AARP’s for-profit financial juggernaut, AARP Services, Inc., has earned so many…

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Townhall: The Trump Administration Wants Lower Drug Prices. AARP Does Not.

AARP claims to represent the interests of senior citizens across the United States, so watching the non-profit advocate for keeping prescription drug prices high has been an odd spectacle indeed. David Certner, AARP’s legislative policy director, recently released a letter urging Health and Human Services (HHS) to keep a special-interest loophole in the Anti-Kickback Statute, a law passed by Congress in 1972 to crack down on waste, fraud, and abuse within the healthcare industry.

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The Daily Caller: The Trump Administration Says This Proposal Will Help Seniors Afford Their Drugs. AARP Says Not So Fast.

Critics of America’s current drug payment system say middlemen are jacking up prices and question why AARP, which is tied to a middleman organization, opposes a Trump administration proposal that could help seniors. Right now, these middleman organizations, called pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), are protected by safe harbor provisions from certain parts of the Anti-Kickback Statute.

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Breitbart: Amid Data Privacy Concerns, AARP Sweetheart Deals with Federal Government Face Renewed Scrutiny

President Donald Trump’s administration has provided the nonprofit foundation arm of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) with more than $111 million in a variety of taxpayer-funded grants and contracts. But the gravy train may be coming to a stop soon amid concerns over not just AARP’s work against Trump’s agenda on major big-picture policy items such as healthcare and taxes but also over data privacy concerns for seniors who have trusted the organization…

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Dispatch: Ohio sues pharmacy middleman OptumRx to recover $16 million in overcharges

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is suing pharmacy middleman OptumRx to recover $16 million in overcharges to the state for prescription drugs. In a lawsuit filed in Franklin County Common Pleas Court on Friday, Yost demanded repayment after first seeking mediation in the dispute on behalf of the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, which hired OptumRx to manage pharmacy benefits for injured workers

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Courthouse News Service: AARP Must Face Challenge to Medicare Gap Policies

A federal judge in the nation’s capital ruled that senior citizen advocacy group AARP must face class-action claims that it defrauded consumers who bought insurance plans to supplement Medicare coverage. Lead plaintiff Helen Krukas, a Florida resident who brought a federal class action against the nonprofit group last year, claims AARP fooled consumers into paying an undisclosed 4.95 percent commission that was hidden in their monthly “Medigap” insurance premiums.

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