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February

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 the America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) organization 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

New Legislation Enhances Your Access to Affordable Parts

President Thair Phillips

The press release below deals with legislation that RetireSafe believes could save older Americans money and help them stay independent.  Affordable transportation is a big expense for seniors but also has a huge positive impact on their quality of life.  We support the legislation detailed below and ask for your active participation by voicing your support at www.KeepAutoPartsAffordable.org.

 

RetireSafe Applauds New Legislation to Protect Seniors’ Access to Affordable Alternative Crash Parts

Washington, D.C., February 26, 2015 – Representing 400,000 senior citizen supporters across America, RetireSafe today applauded the reintroduction of the Promoting Automotive Repair, Trade, and Sales (PARTS) Act. This bipartisan legislation was introduced this week by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) in the Senate (S. 560), and by the new House Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA), and Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) in the House (H.R. 1057). Commending the four lead sponsors, RetireSafe President Thair Phillips called the bill “a top priority for senior support.”

The PARTS Act, which protects competition in the automotive aftermarket, would continue to provide seniors with affordable alternative collision repair parts when repairing their cars after an accident. Without this legislative fix, motoring consumers will pay up to 50 percent more in additional repair costs, an estimated $1.5 billion more each year. Those who cannot afford to pay those costs may be forced to forgo repairing their vehicles, resulting in both a personal and a public safety risk. In some cases, the higher costs would lead insurers to declare more damaged vehicles as “total wrecks.” This will force consumers to buy newer vehicles and pay higher insurance premiums.

“Most seniors live on fixed incomes,” stated Phillips. He added, “If they can’t afford to fix their cars when they get into an accident, they may well have to quit driving and thus lose their independence.”  “This is a very important issue for older Americans,” he continued.

Phillips went on to note, “This legislation will have a huge, positive impact on any and all seniors on the road, as any increase in repair costs is a major burden.” He concluded, “RetireSafe strongly supports this legislation and urges seniors and all consumers who oppose car companies having a crash parts monopoly to voice their support at www.KeepAutoPartsAffordable.org

About RetireSafe

RetireSafe is a grassroots organization that advocates and educates on behalf of America's seniors on issues regarding Social Security, Medicare, health and financial well-being. RetireSafe expects its government to keep its promises, protect our nation, and maintain the safety and personal freedoms of its citizens.

Media Contact

Al Cors, Jr., Vice President, Public Affairs - acors@retiresafe.org

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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 calling 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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