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Dual Eligibles Letter - Wednesday, April 25, 2012

We remain deeply concerned about aspects of these new programs and their potential to adversely affect this at-risk population.   These issues include:


1)    The loss of Medicare protections - Some states have proposed to substitute their state Medicaid formularies for Part D plan formularies meeting Medicare’s extensive requirements. These states are seeking to have important provisions of Part D standards waived, in contrast to CMS guidance.

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RetireSafe Comments on User Free Programs for Biosimilars - Thursday, June 09, 2011
 RetireSafe, a non-profit senior advocacy organization representing over 400,000 seniors nationwide, is pleased to respond to your “Request for Comments” regarding “Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009; Options for a User Fee Program for Biosimilar and interchangeable Biological Product Applications for Fiscal Years 2013 through 2017.”

 

 As we have noted in our previous comments, RetireSafe has long been a strong and very vocal advocate for a biosimilar drug pathway that creates the correct balance between innovative new biologics and the “follow-on” biologics that seek to imitate and compete with the original biologic drug. RetireSafe supported the BPCI Act which was included as subtitle of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law No. 111-148) and signed into law by the President. While we were outspoken supporters of the 12-year marketing exclusivity period included in the BPCI Act to preserve and protect future innovation, we were equally supportive of that provision to ensure an unhurried and very careful FDA process for the approval and subsequent use of biosimilars. Patient safety must be the absolute top priority in this process.

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RetireSafe Supports Right to Repair Act - Tuesday, June 07, 2011
 RetireSafe, a nonprofit grassroots advocacy group representing over 6,700 Massachusetts seniors, and more than 400,000 nationwide, strongly supports the enactment of a Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Owner’s Right to Repair Act to protect older drivers who depend on independent repair shops to fix and maintain their vehicles. Car dealer repair monopolies harm all consumers, and none more than the older citizens of the Commonwealth. A Right to Repair Act will ensure the continued consumer choice of affordable, convenient vehicle repairs at locations drivers know and trust to provide quality service -- not just car dealers!

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Letter to the President - Monday, September 14, 2009
Dear Mr. President:

 

 My name is Thair Phillips and I am the newly elected President of RetireSafe, an organization representing 400,000 Americans, mostly seniors, mostly over the age of 70.  My board and I listened carefully to your speech to Congress and we have a great appreciation for your desire to reform health care in America.  We are especially impressed by your declaration that you were willing to listen to anyone with a serious proposal, and that your door would always be open.  We respectfully request a meeting with a member of your staff for that purpose and have called the Office of Public Engagement to begin that process.
 

Health care reform is extremely important to us and we have been vocal in identifying those parts of the evolving legislation that concern our supporters.  But we see that loud rhetoric and hardening positions driven by partisan politics will not get any of us where we need to be.  We want to step outside our box and hope that it will be possible to work together in new ways to shape the future.

 

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