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Stand Up for YOU!

April

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.

March

Attended a hearing called by the Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee concerning drug discounts given to qulaified 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 withSean 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).

February

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).

January

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).

December

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

Verizon Drops The Weather Channel - Fight back!

 

President Thair Phillips

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If you like The Weather Channel, then this is an important announcement for you. Last month, Verizon FiOS dropped The Weather Channel from its programming—leaving millions of subscribers without the reliable weather coverage that they have grown to depend on.  It may not have happened to you yet but it has happened to millions and we want to stop it from happening to more people and restore The Weather Channel to those who have lost it.

Verizon claimed that more and more viewers are getting their weather information online or on their smart phones. We suspect that’s not the case for many of you, I’ve talked with many seniors who say they still turn to their television as their primary source for weather information. Many in Massachusetts, New York and Florida have already lost The Weather Channel.  They’ve lost the one place that provided them with up-to-the-minute updates on the latest news when weather strikes—from hurricanes to record-breaking winter storms and everything in between. To take that away from millions of seniors proves how Verizon is out of touch with its consumers and especially the senior community.

The fact that Verizon would deny The Weather Channel from their paying viewers is unbelievable. What’s more shocking is that they did it without any notice and without any regard to their customers.

We need to let Verizon know that it is unacceptable for them to deny older Americans the accurate and live in-field reporting from The Weather Channel that they rely on every day. RetireSafe once again is ready to lead the charge, to speak for you on issues that affect your daily life, but we need to hear from you.  We need to hear how you feel about what Verizon has done and how important The Weather Channel is to you.

If you are a Verizon customer, or depend on the news gained from The Weather Channel, please feel free to email me at info@retiresafe.org with your comments. You can also share your views further on this issue by going to http://gettheweatherchannel.tv/  to comment and see what others have said on the matter as well. 

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First off, thank you, a thousand times over, for the work that you do, currently, and the work that you will be doing in the future, on our behalf.  It is very much appreciated.

As a long time Medicare Advantage user, I can tell you I've noticed several services cut from our budget, no longer available.  Most notably for me was the membership in our local health trac group. . . All that's gone now, due to the budget cuts made last year to the Med. Advantage. Donald

Wouldn’t it be great if our Reps and senators could think ahead?  How about cutting a bit from various Foreign Aid packages to other countries and get ours straightened out, and not cut our benefits to people that worked hard to get this country where it is!!  Norm

I am very much offended this man c
alling social security an entitlement. I worked and paid in my whole life so I could retire and draw my social security. Keep your hands off our social security!!!!!! An entitlement is welfare, food stamps and such. I am not on these programs, but if you start cutting back on S.S. I very well maybe have to get on welfare and other programs. LEAVE OUR SOCIAL SECURITY ALONE!!!!!!!   John


 

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