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For Immediate Release

Mike Stankiewicz,

Public Citizen Endorses the Improving Medicare Coverage Act


Today, U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) introduced the Improving Medicare Coverage Act of 2021, which would lower the Medicare eligibility age to 60, thereby expanding coverage to 20 million more Americans. Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, released the following statement:

"The creation of Medicare transformed the lives of seniors by guaranteeing them access to health care and eliminating health care bills that threw many into poverty.

"By lowering the Medicare eligibility age to 60, the Improving Medicare Coverage Act can have a similarly transformative effect on the lives of tens of millions of Americans - guaranteeing care, keeping people out of medical bankruptcy and opening up life choices. Public Citizen is proud to endorse such progress and thank Reps. Jayapal, Conor Lamb (D-Pa.), Joe Neguse (D-Colo.), Susan Wild (D-Pa.), Haley Stevens (D-Mich.) and Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) for their leadership."

Public Citizen is a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization that champions the public interest in the halls of power. We defend democracy, resist corporate power and work to ensure that government works for the people - not for big corporations. Founded in 1971, we now have 500,000 members and supporters throughout the country.

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