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Participated in the stake holders meeting at FDA concerning the re-authorization of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act.

Attended a two day discussion on drug innovation at the Pfizer research facility in Cambridge, MA.

Invited to and attended the National Consumers League Trumpeter Awards Dinner.

Invited to and attended a two day advocacy summit on healthcare and how best to advocate for change.

Attended meeting with biologic experts to discuss the impacts of biologics and biosimilars on healthcare.


Attended and conducted a seminar at the 50+ expo in York, PA.

Attended a full Senate Finance committee hearing on the financial situation in Puerto Rico and its possible impact on bonds that are held by many older Americans and retirement funds.

Invited to attend and comment at the public meeting on the re-authorization of manufacturer funds for expediting the evaluation and authorization of new drugs.

Attended a briefing at the Senate Russell office building titled, “Prescription Drug Costs: Trends and Tradeoffs in the Pipeline from Lab to Market”

Visited Senator Grahams (SC) office to discuss the preservation of access and benefits of Medicare Part D.

Attended a hearing called by the Senate HELP committee to get a progress report on biosimilar implementation (click here for more information on that hearing)

Attended a special presentation at Intel’s Washington office titled, “Big Data, Genome Sequencing & the Future of Personalized Medicine”

Visited the House offices of Congressman Tiberi (R-OH 12th District) and Congressman Young (R-IN 9th District) to discuss the support of maintaining the present FICA rule for restaurants and servers.

Attended a Hill briefing on the House side concerning the loss of Community based oncology practices (click here for more information).


CPI for Seniors bill that was championed by RetireSafe was re-introduced in the House by Congressman John "Jimmy" Duncan (R-TN-2).  The bill, HR 3074, would instruct the Bureau of Labor Statistics to calculate an accurate Consumer Price Index (CPI) for seniors such that the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for Social Security payments would more accurately reflect the actual orice increases experienced by older Americans.  See the actual bill here.

Participated in a seminar, sponsored by RetireSafe, at the Florida Council on Aging Conference in Orlando, Florida.  The seminar was a debate on possible solutions to current issues that affect older Americans.


Met with staff of Representative Joe Pitts and Representative Ben Lujan concerning simplifying and expanding the Medicare Part D appeals process.

Attended a briefing detailing the Part D Beneficiary Appeals Fairness Act.

Participated in conference call discussing the implications of the King v. Burwell ruling and what's next for patient advocates.

Attended a one day meeting at FDA concerning PDUFA VI, the funding mechanism for expediting the approval of new innovative cures.

Participated in a conference to discuss patent legislation and its implications on research and patients.


Attended the BIO international conference in Philadelphia.

Met with the staff of Senator Burr (R – NC), Senator Collins (R – ME), Senator Cassidy (R – LA) and the Senate HELP (Health, Education, Labor and Pensions) Committee FDA Policy Advisor, encouraging them to hold a hearing concerning the FDA’s lack of regulations and guidelines concerning biosimilars.

Wrote a letter to Inova Fair Oaks CEO, John Fitzgerald, in response to his commentary in the Fairfax Times in support of Virginia’s COPN law, which has left the state’s patients with an inadequate health care system. RetireSafe further emphasized that Virginia’s outdated COPN law threatens access to high-quality and affordable healthcare for everyone in the state, and that leaders in the Virginia General Assembly must work to reform the law.  (Read RetireSafe’s letter here)

RetireSafe workers collected petitions to encourage Virginia law makers to reform the outdated and competition restricting Certificate of Public Need law in their state.

(read more about COPN here)


Attended ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncology) Conference in Chicago.  Attended seminars focused on future payment models and the closing of community oncology clinics.

Met with two different groups to discuss the 21st Century Cures legislation that is coming out of subcommittee.

Visited with the staff of Senator Isakson (R, GA), Senator Casey (D, PA) and Senator Nelson (D, FL) to discuss FICA tax issue.


Reviewed a program that eliminates the need to call in multiple prescription refills, reduces the number of trips to the pharmacy and provides an opportunity for patients to meet one-on-one with their pharmacist on a monthly basis to discuss their medications.  Click here to see a video on this new program. Click here to find out more details about this great program.

Attended the fourth annual National Forum on the Future of Health Care organized by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN).

Met with staff of Senator Thune (R, SD) and Senator Coats (R, IN) to discuss Medicare rebates and proposed cuts to Medicare Advantage.


Attended a hearing called by the Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee concerning drug discounts given to qualified entities in support of indigent and patients without insurance (340B).
Sent this letter signed by 20 organizations to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) concerning cuts to Medicare Advantage proposed by CMS.
Met with Sean Cavanaugh Deputy Administrator and Director of the Center for Medicare at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Jefferey Kelman Chief Medical Officer at CMS to discuss continued access to pain medication while discouraging its use by addicts.
Met with the following House Member's staff to discuss preserving Medicare Part D, Representative Lance, Jenkins, Meehan and Collins.
Began a project to Preserve Medicare Advantage.  Our first step is to fight CMS on their proposed cuts to Medicare Advantage. (see comments on our Feedback panel on the right side of the web page).
Met with Representative Sarbanes and Representative Cardenas staff about 340B and 21st Century Cures. (Representative Cardenas received our Standing Up For America’s Seniors Leadership award, see it here).


Met with the staff director of the Senate Committee on Aging to discuss prompt pay legislation which encourages the maintenance of community based services.

Conference call with Congressman Steve Scalise, the House Majority Whip, on the status of the Department of Homeland Security funding and the questions on dealing with immigration.

Met with Chairman Upton’s staff on the Energy and Commerce Committee concerning the closing of community oncology practices and their new legislation, 21st Century Cures.

Met with health and senior advocates concerning cuts to Medicare Advantage and the impact on older Americans.

Met with concerned activists led by the Arthritis Foundation on how to preserve effective communication between the patient, the pharmacist and the doctor when dispensing medication, especially biologics and biosimilars.

Presented our “Standing Up for America’s Seniors Leadership Award” to Senator Cory Gardner (see Senator Gardner's award here).


Met with Kim Corbin, Health Counsel for Senator Debbie Stabenow to review Medicare issues.

Attended a meet and greet with the House’s youngest member, newly elected Elise Stefanik.

Met with Senator Gardner’s and Senator Cassidy’s staff concerning the Prompt Payment legislation.  This legislation that will help retain community access for healthcare. (See Legislation here)

Testified at the FDA’s advisory board hearing concerning an application to manufacture a biosimilar for the drug NEUPOGEN. (See statement here).


Met with Senator Pat Toomey’s staff to review Medicare issues.

Met with Senator Orin Hatch to review the PARTS (Promoting Automotive Repair, Trade, and Sales) Act.


Met with Senator Portman’s staff concerning efforts to stop the closing of community oncology practices.


Attended a meeting led by Chairman Fred Upton (R/MI) and Rep. Diana DeGette (D/CO) as the discussed their new legislative initiative, 21st Century Cures, a bipartisan approach to improve medical innovation.


Presented our “Standing Up for America’s Seniors Leadership Award” to Congressman Dan Lipinski and Leonard Lance. (see Congressman Lipinski award here, see Congressman Lance award here).




President's Message

The CPI for Seniors Act is the First Step to Fix the Broken CPI.


The press release below was released to the media to express RetireSafe's concern with the 2016 COLA.  RetireSafe has worked year after year to obtain co-sponsors for HR 3074, The CPI for Seniors Act.  It has been one of our most important goals for three congresses.  We will continue to fight for passage of this important bill.

Washington, D.C., October 15, 2015 – The Social Security Administration announced today that there will be no cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) for 2016.  Seniors all over America will once again feel the brunt of a flawed and broken consumer price index (CPI), a CPI that is calculated on the buying and spending habits of urban wage earners rather than older Americans.  By passing the CPI for Seniors Act (HR 3074) Congress could take the first step in correcting this flawed and injurious process.

Experts cited the lower cost of gasoline as a big reason why there will be no COLA this year, a perfect example of how the CPI calculation is flawed.  Older Americans don’t drive as much as urban wage earners, some of them don’t drive at all.  Gasoline is a small part of their total expenses yet their COLA is driven down because the Government doesn’t base their calculations on seniors.  This type of erroneous calculation is what hurts older Americans.

The CPI for Seniors Act, (HR 3074), takes a critical first step in fixing this flawed calculation.  It simply asks the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to calculate a CPI based on the buying and spending habits of seniors and report their findings to Congress.  No mandate, no directive for use, just report their findings to Congress.  BLS has had the ability to do this for years, they have been calculating an Experimental Price Index for the Elderly (CPI-E) since 1987 and, while flawed because if it’s inaccurate selection criteria and size, it certainly shows that it won’t take much to fix the problems and come up with an accurate CPI for Seniors.  Once Congress has this accurate information they can then decide how best to correct this COLA problem once and for all.

This flawed COLA affects seniors everywhere.  At a senior Expo a few weeks ago and, as part of a small survey, RetireSafe asked seniors if their Social Security check kept up with inflation.  Of the 146 people who answered this question 28 said it did keep up while 118 said their check didn’t keep up with inflation.  Over the last six years over 80% of seniors have consistently said their checks didn’t buy as much that year as it did the year before and have expressed the burden it puts on them year after year.  It is a travesty that this problem hasn’t been fixed.  Seniors don’t want a hand-out, they just want a fair COLA.  The CPI for Seniors Act (HR 3074) is the first step in getting the COLA fixed and solving this problem once and for all. 

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