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601 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Suite 900, South Building
Washington, D.C.  20004-2601
Tel: 202-220-3172
Fax: 202-639-8238

Board of Directors:

A. J. (Jim) Norby President
Bill Kadereit
Vice President,
Legislative Affairs
John Leasher
Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer  

JoAnn Alix-Gagain
 Jane Banfield
James Burns
Joseph R. (Dick) Ciocca
Robert Foresta
Chuck Gilbert 


Michael Calabrese
Phyllis Borzi

Legislative Counsel:
Marta Bascom

Media Relations Director:
 Ed Beltram 

Joe Sciulli

Member Organizations:

Aetna Retirees Association
Ameritech/SBC Retirees
AT&T Retirees (ACE)
Boeing/SPEEA Retirees (Engineering Society)
CWA-CUTW Retirees
Daimler-Chrysler Retirees Association
Detroit Edison Alliance of  Retirees (DEAR)
GM Retirees-Detroit Diesel
IBM Retirees
Johns Manville Retirees
Lucent Retirees Organization Monsanto/Solutia Retirees
NAPRI (Prudential)
NWB/US WEST/Qwest Retiree Association
Portland GE-Enron
Southern New England Tell  Retirees Association, Inc. (SRA)
TelCo Retirees Association



August 27, 2007



Mr. William D. Novelli
Chief Executive Officer
601 E Street NW
Washington, DC 20049


Dear Mr. Novelli:

On behalf of the National Retiree Legislative Networkís some 2 million members, I want to commend the AARP on its dedication to appeal to the United States Supreme Court the Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruling favoring the EEOCís regulations allowing companies to provide different health benefits to younger retirees and those eligible for Medicare.  The NRLN believes it is totally unacceptable that the federal agency created to prevent discrimination would claim that it is in the public interest to allow businesses to reduce or eliminate health care benefits on the basis of age. 

I applaud the dedication of the AARP Board Members and your legal teamís resolve to challenge the EEOCís rule in our nationís highest court.  Should the Supreme Court decide to hear the AARPís appeal, please let me know if the NRLN can be assistance in helping the Justices see the wisdom in the AARPís arguments. 


Best Wishes,

A. J. (Jim) Norby,                                

President, National Retiree Legislative Network