Repost- “MPVC Alert: Attack on Seniors” (A Tribute to John Carr)

Posted on July 26, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

It was with great sadness that we learned today of the passing of John Carr. In tribute, we are updating a previous post from April 2 of this year and adding his 2 part address  delivered during the first meeting of Maine People’s Veto Alliance held Saturday, February 12, at The Old Goat Pub in Richmond ME. ~ed.

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Latest email blast from Maine People’s Voting Coalition:

 


SENIORS NEED OUR HELP
There are so many pieces of “trash can legislation” in this session of the Maine Legislature that it is hard to keep track of them.

The material below was prepared by John Carr. John is President of Maine Council of Senior Citizens – an organization that has fought for Maine seniors for more than 20 years. The organization is the first “organization member” of the MPVC and John is the first member of the MPVC Steering Committee.

This legislation, while it directly impacts seniors, is also of concern to the children of seniors and other senior family members and it is of general importance to all Maine people who are concerned about the ongoing Maine and national Republican/Tea Party attempt to lower taxes for the rich and for corporations and destroy the social safety net at both the federal and state levels.

We urge everyone who shares this viewpoint to share this material with others and to send e-mails or make telephone calls to legislators to oppose this Attack on Seniors.

MAINE SENIORS UNDER ATTACK

Maine seniors and people with incomes below 200% of the Federal Poverty level are being attacked by Governor LePage’s budget proposal and legislative proposals yet to be heard.

The Governor’s budget proposal includes:

·       $14.8 Million from the Fund for a Health Maine-Low-Cost Drugs for the Elderly program

·       $1Million from Low-Cost Drugs for the Elderly program to pay Medicare Part B premiums for dual eligible (low income eligible for both Medicare and MaineCare)

·       Elimination of the Maine Rx Plus Program. Estimated savings $212K. This program provides discounted prescription drugs to 42,000 Maine people and has been in effect since 2004 after a lengthy legal challenge including the US Supreme Court.

·       Elimination of the Prescription Drug Academic Detailing Program: proposed savings of $194K funded through recoveries of drug fraud cases. Provides objective information on drug therapy option, including clinical data and alternative treatments including generics.

LEGISLATIVE PROPOSALS

Legislative proposals that have been heard and/or waiting to be heard by the Health and Human Services committee (HHS) are;

·      LD 346 has been tabled by Senator Craven for lack of information. The new Affordable Care Act provides for a “pharmacy dispensing” fee to be based on the average manufacturer price (AMP) plus 175%. The AMP is a per pill price that would be unknown due in part because of:

·       LD 719 “An Act to make certain prescription drug disclosure laws consistent with Federal Law”. Repeals Maine’s gift and advertising & marketing reporting law. Repeals disclosure of the base price for drugs. Deletes funding for academic detailing program, this program improves quality and reduces costs. Repeals the requirement that data on clinical trial results be posted publicly and deletes the funding mechanism

·       LD 572 “An Act to amend the Laws Governing the Maine Health Data Organization

·       LD 612  “An Act to provide Reimbursement for Medication Therapy Management

·       LD 116 a bill to repeal the Pharmacy Benefit Manager Transparency law enacted in 2003. Bars conflict of interest, kickback and self dealing by drug industry middlemen and require the value of rebates to be passed through to ultimately benefit consumers.

Most of all, if not all, of this legislation is being promoted by the pharmaceutical industry.

Please contact your State Representative and State Senator as soon as possible to demand keeping the present laws concerning prescription drugs without change

John Carr, President                              Maine Council of Senior Citizens

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