Announcements
Questions for Energy and Commerce IPAB Hearing - Wednesday, July 13, 2011
 Dear Mr. Chairman:
     On behalf of RetireSafe’s 400,000 senior-citizen supporters across America, I commend you for providing a hearing on the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), and the bill to repeal it, H.R. 452. We have endorsed H.R 452, as sponsored by Representative Phil Roe and more than 150 cosponsors.  IPAB must be repealed, and we look to your Subcommittee to begin that process.

    In line with her previous activity, we would expect Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to again try to defend IPAB, in effect putting lipstick on this bureaucratic “pig,” an unelected rationing board. As she continues the spin that this is good for Medicare patients, we urge you to ask:

 

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Letter to Representative Pitts on IPAB - Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Dear Mr. Chairman:

    RetireSafe, an almost 400,000-supporter-strong nationwide advocate for older Americans, is pleased that the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health is holding a hearing to discuss the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), and wishes to submit a statement for the record at that hearing.

    The facts are well documented on the process used by the majority party to insert the IPAB, at the eleventh hour, without debate or review, into the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  It is also well documented on how this board circumvents the legislative process and the powers outlined in the Constitution by granting unprecedented powers to an unelected entity.  We find this abdication to unelected bureaucrats reprehensible and consider the only true remedy to be repeal of this portion of the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare.  Thus RetireSafe wholeheartedly supports HR 452 to accomplish that very thing.
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Questions for Budget Committee IPAB Hearing - Tuesday, July 12, 2011
 Dear Mr. Chairman:

    On behalf of RetireSafe’s 400,000 senior-citizen supporters across America, I commend you for holding a hearing on the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). We support H.R 452 (as sponsored by Representative Phil Roe and more than 150 cosponsors) to repeal IPAB, and we look to your Committee to further that repeal effort.

    In line with her previous activity, we would expect Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to again try to defend IPAB, in effect putting lipstick on this bureaucratic “pig,” an unelected rationing board. As she continues the spin that IPAB is good for Medicare patients, we urge you to ask:
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Letter to Representative Ryan on IPAB - Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Dear Mr. Chairman:

    RetireSafe, an almost 400,000-supporter-strong nationwide advocate for older Americans, is pleased that the Budget Committee is holding a hearing to discuss the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), and wishes to submit a statement for the record at that hearing.

    The facts are well documented on the process used by the majority party to insert the IPAB, at the eleventh hour, without debate or review, into the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  It is also well documented on how this board circumvents the legislative process and the powers outlined in the Constitution by granting unprecedented powers to an unelected entity.  We find this abdication to unelected bureaucrats reprehensible and consider the only true remedy to be repeal of this portion of the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare. Thus RetireSafe wholeheartedly supports  HR 452 to accomplish that very thing.
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IPAB Letter - Monday, June 13, 2011
Dear Member of Congress:

 

 The organizations listed below represent a breadth of entities including all sectors of the healthcare industry, employers of different sizes and geographic locations, as well as purchasers of care, consumers and patients.  We all share the conviction that the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) will not only severely limit Medicare beneficiaries’ access to care but also increase the cost of care that is shifted onto the private sector.  While we all recognize the need for more sustainable healthcare costs, we do not believe that IPAB is the way to, or will, accomplish this goal.

 

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Endorsement of H.R. 1159 - Wednesday, June 08, 2011
 Dear Representative Hastings:

 

 On behalf of the 400,000 older Americans RetireSafe represents nationwide, I am pleased to convey our strong endorsement of H.R. 1159, a bill to repeal the changes made by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) to the Medicare exception to the prohibition on certain physician referrals to hospitals. This is critical legislation for seniors, and we are proud to support you in this effort.

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Endorsement of H.R. 1186 - Tuesday, June 07, 2011
 Dear Representative Johnson: 


 On behalf of the 400,000 older Americans RetireSafe represents nationwide, I am pleased to convey our strong endorsement of H.R. 1186, a bill to repeal the changes made by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) to the Medicare exception to the prohibition on certain physician referrals to hospitals. This is critical legislation for seniors, and we are proud to support you in this effort.

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Support of HR2417 - Friday, May 14, 2010
 Dear Representative Arcuri:

 

 On behalf of our more than 400,000 senior-citizen supporters across America, RetireSafe is pleased to endorse H.R. 2417, the Identity Protection Act, which you have authored. H.R. 2417 addresses an obvious need. The Federal Trade Commission estimates that nearly 9 million Americans’ identities are stolen every year.  This statistic especially concerns RetireSafe since many of the targets of identity theft are older Americans.  Despite this obvious threat, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) still prints Social Security numbers on Medicare beneficiary cards.  As you have noted, this is particularly troubling because seniors are all instructed to carry their Medicare card with them, increasing the likelihood for accidental loss, theft, or visual exposure. We fully agree that this threat can and should be addressed by the provisions of your legislation, H.R. 2417, and we urge your House colleagues to support it.

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MedPac Letter - Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Dear Cong. Clyburn:
 
Below is the text of the President’s message that went up on our web site today.  We would like you to especially recognize the importance we put on limiting the power of the MedPac board.  We communicate regularly with the more than 2,366 RetireSafe supporters in your district and they have told us that they don’t want the government telling their doctors how to practice health care.  We have pledged to them to fight to get this dangerous increase to the powers of the MedPac board removed from the bill or to work to not fund it if it is passed into law.
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VA Senate Transportation Committee Letter - Wednesday, February 17, 2010
 Dear Ms. Chairman:

 

 As the President of RetireSafe, representing thousands of older Virginians, I urge you to oppose Senate Bill 539 (House Bill 392) which is now pending before the Senate Transportation Committee. This bill would cripple the consumer protection our seniors have counted on for over forty years. We must have disclosure protection from those who would take advantage of our seniors when they buy a used car. Most seniors live on a fixed income. For your older constituents, having the ability to buy a safe and reliable used car is not a luxury, but rather a necessity. The very last thing the Legislature should want to do would be to reduce the protection current law provides for consumers. In this economy, we must have safe and affordable used vehicles to depend on. In its present form, SB 539/HB 392 would destroy the basic disclosure requirements in current law and destroy our safety as well.
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Super Med-Pac Pelosi - Tuesday, January 12, 2010
 Dear Madame Speaker:
 
 On behalf of our 400,000 senior-citizen supporters across America, RetireSafe urges you to stand up to the Senate’s ill-considered health care reform effort to establish a “Super MedPAC” that will, in its present form, clearly usurp your Constitutional powers, insert itself between doctors and their patients, and ultimately ration Medicare benefits for the elderly to meet preconceived spending targets.  Despite Senate protests to the contrary, that is exactly the result of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) included in H.R. 3590 and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as passed by the Senate. Unless House Members take action to mitigate this disaster, the IPAB will indeed serve as a Super MedPAC with the uncontrolled power to ration care for your older constituents. We urge you to act now, before it’s too late for

 

America’s seniors!
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Medicare Payment Advisory Commission Opposition - Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Dear Senator Landrieu.
 
RetireSafe strongly opposes efforts to change the mission of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) from a Congressional advisory body to an Executive Branch decision-making entity. This move would transfer control from the elected Senators and Representatives who answer to their local constituents, to Executive Branch appointees who will only respond to the political whims of those who appointment them.  The local differences and options that are critical to the deliverance of high quality, efficient healthcare will not be considered by these Washington appointed officials.
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Support "Repair Clause" Legislation - Tuesday, June 23, 2009
 Dear Senator Wyden:

 

With the summer travel season underway, Oregon seniors are looking forward to hitting the road to visit family and friends. As these motorists — and others — flood our highways, fender benders are, unfortunately, inevitable. Amid the shuttering of car dealerships and increase in gas prices, it is critical that we ensure that consumers have access to high-quality, low-cost automotive collision replacement parts (e.g., bumpers, hoods, fenders, etc.) for the purposes of repair following collisions. An automotive “repair clause,” which would preserve competition in the automotive aftermarket, would keep Oregonians employed, our seniors on the road, and your constituents’ repair bills down. 
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