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Colorado Springs Beacon (Newspaper) - June 1, 1989, Colorado Springs, Colorado Catastrophic care program moves to new hearing vol. 9 no.6 p a d Colo Springs comm i i per met to. Sis \ senior Beacon in focus for people Over 50 june 1989 James b. Gaffney mature life features older americans who oppose the recently enacted medicare catastrophic care program and its seniors Only tax financing plan May get their Day in Congress As a Host of new and unlikely critics of the program surface. Rep. Claude Pepper a Flavone of the principal architects and supporters of the new Law which went into effect january i recently voiced opposition to the measure in a guest editorial appearing in the May Issue of Quot saving social Security Quot official publication of the National committee to preserve social Security and medicare. Quot unfortunately Quot Pepper writes Quot Congress exaggerated the benefits and minimized the costs of that meanwhile Hie daughters of the american revolution one of the nations staunchest patriotic groups passed a Resolution at their recent Continental Congress calling on Capitol Hill lawmakers to either Amend or repeal the Law. The lawmakers themselves buckling under pressure exerted by older adults dissatisfied that they May have to foot the entire Cost for the extended medicare benefits passed by an overwhelming margin 408-0 in the House and 97-2 in the Senate resolutions calling for new hearings on the Issue. Perhaps the most surprising event was the announcement by sen. Lloyd Bentsen a Tex chairman of the Senate finance committee that he would Quot move swiftly Quot to reduce the amount of surtax older beneficiaries will have to pay to finance the benefits. The announcement was the result of a recent report by the con foundation awards Grants to local groups the Colorado Springs osteopathic foundation has awarded $74,746.88 to 19 area nonprofit organizations. The announcement was made by Christopher Beardsley chief executive officer and h. Jack Kraettli Grants committee chairman after the Board of directors and the Grants committee approved the Grants. Agencies receiving Grants Are pikes Peak hospice Newborn Hope the assistance league special olympics Martin Luther Home diabetes education amp support service Energy resource Center pikes Peak care coalition ecumenical social ministries Center for hearing speech amp language pikes Peak Center on deafness Elpaso county search amp Rescue Ronald Mcdonald House arthritis foundation medical insurance assistance Myca seepage 13 Gressional budget office and joint committee on taxation which reveals that the surtax would generate a $9.1 billion surplus in the first five years of the program. Quot it was never our intention that the beneficiaries pay More than needed to operate the program in a prudent responsible fashion. I will move swiftly to insure that they in fact do not Quot Bentsen told reporters. Estimates of the number of older americans who have enough Federal income tax liability to pay some surtax Range from 36 to 52 percent of see Page 3 inside classified ads a a a a a a a a a18 dining out.a10/a11 ? health.12/17 j i living Faith. 5 j i Money .8/11 j menu.a8 j i news notes. 21 i serendips.a16 third annual seniors life festival the third annual seniors life festival presented by the Penrose St. Francis healthcare system will be held Friday and saturday september 8 and 9, at the Broadmoor hotel Colorado Hall. Admission is free to this Community event for mature adults their families and friends. The festival features Over too exhibits representing a wide variety of information resources services and retail products. Other highlights include continuous seminars health screenings demonstrations and entertainment and an ice Cream social. The seniors life festival big band dance Friday evening will feature the music of Frank Fanelli. Lunch will be served both Days with proceeds donated to Golden care plus. A Well known speaker will provide the keynote address. The seniors life festival is cosponsored by Ordo news 13, 95 Ordo pm radio and the senior Beacon. The festival hours Are 9 a.m.-5 . Both Days. For information on highlights or exhibit space Call 719 520-1100 or 800 888-0855. Zimmerman -105 birthday surrounded by her son Robert Zimmerman mji., her grandchildren four great grandchildren and the other residents of Terrace gardens health care Center Jennie Zimmerman celebrated her 105th birthday listening to old favourites played by Ray snows band and eating chocolate cake and ice Cream. Born on april 24, 1884, mrs. Zimmerman a life has revolved around Home and time again its Spring spree time again. This year a special Quot senior Quot activity has been added. On saturday june 24, at the Pioneer museum from la a.m.-5 . There will be an arts and crafts Sale plus several demonstrations chair caning Wood carving Etc. There is no charge for a 10x10 space. Seniors can Call the senior Center at 578-6808 to Register for space. Several senior dance groups will be performing continuously from 11 30-4 . The museum will be open to see the exhibit from the smithsonian Institute called Quot the grand generation memory Mastery the Springs transit will be running their regular Quot weekday Quot schedule on this saturday plus a free seepage 3 National news Roundup government stops breach of confidentiality calling it the Quot potentially largest breach of confidentiality in the history of this program Quot Senate special committee on aging chairman David Pryor dark has told the social Security administration sea to cease its practice of verifying individual social Security numbers for Banks and private credit bureaus. Sea commissioner Dorcas r. Hardy told Pryor at a recent hearing that the practice had been going on since the late 1970s, under the governments interpretation of the Freedom of information act but that the Agency never discloses earnings data. Prior told Hardy that the practice violates the privacy act of 1974, and added this is As far away from the Mission of sea As it could possibly be. I done to like the Way it looks i done to like the Way it second opinion for Cataract surgery More than a million medicare patients will have a Cataract removed this year a procedure which costs the health care program an estimated $1.8 billion annually according to the . Department of health and human services office of inspector general. Recently the government proposed that As a Way to deter unnecessary surgery a mandatory second opinion be required for medicare covered elective surgeries such As Cataract removal. The plan would establish separate reimbursement rates for each of six groups of surgical procedures including Cataract removal. Seepage 4

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