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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 RetireSafe further emphasized that Virginia’s outdated COPN law threatens access to high-quality and affordable healthcare for everyone in the state, and that leaders in the Virginia General Assembly must work to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RetireSafe workers collected petitions to encourage Virginia law makers to reform the outdated and competition restricting Certificate of Public Need law in their state.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
Can the Social Security Admin. Take Away Your Guns?


The Obama administration, in its unrelenting march to limit gun ownership, is pushing to ban many Social Security (SS) recipients from owning guns and it’s not the first time the administration has used executive fiat to accomplish this goal.

The Veterans Administration (VA) complied with an earlier executive order by sending a list of veterans who had been declared incompetent to manage pension or disability payments and have been assigned a fiduciary to the database used for gun purchase background checks.  About 177,000 veterans fit these criteria and they are prohibited from owning a gun.

According to the Los Angeles times, if the Social Security Administration (SSA) used the same criteria as the VA over 4 million SS recipients could be banned from owning guns.

Many mental health experts, advocates for the disabled and gun rights activists think this approach uses a broad brush to identify possible dangerous gun owners and threatens our 2nd amendment right to own guns.  Is the inability to handle money or balance a check book grounds to withhold gun ownership?

RetireSafe thinks this use of a government bureaucracy to police and control our basic rights is a continuation of a pattern this administration has used to circumvent the other branches of government to advance its own agenda.  Remember the Obamacare panel, the unelected group of bureaucrats who had the unfettered power to make draconian cuts to Medicare?  Remember the power that was given to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to arbitrarily initiate or eliminate parts of Obamacare which she used to completely eliminate the long term care provision of the law without any Congressional approval?  And just recently the President issued an executive order concerning immigration that is being challenged in the courts as to whether this circumventing of Congress is legal.

Prohibiting someone from their 2nd Amendment rights to own a gun should only be the result of a statute or court order, not due to a list generated by a government agency in response to an executive order. 

A bill was submitted to Congress last session and again this session to stop the VA from submitting names to the background check database.  RetireSafe supports that bill and will also support legislation to restrain the Social Security Administration or any government agency from submitting names to this database in the future.  Restricting our constitutional rights by Presidential fiat is not how Americans want, or deserve, to be governed.

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Thank you. - Marian

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