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Colorado Springs Beacon (Newspaper) - March 1, 1989, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Senior Beacon in focus for people Over 50 March 1989 Bills introduced to re examine repeal of catastrophic care taxation a the pts att tit p. Leonard j. Hansen special to the senior Beacon protest by senior citizens against the catastrophic care legislation effected by Congress january i of this year has drawn both major Media attention and new legislation to repeal or reexamine the legislation its provisions costs and new taxation. The legislation was supported by the american association of retired persons which continues to Campaign to protect the legislation while More than 40 senior citizen organizations Are campaigning for repeal a moratorium or a Large scale overhaul of the Bill its provisions costs and taxation methods. A new form of specific mandatory taxation on 40 to 50 percent of All persons 65 years of age and older is the Center of the largest opposition to the legislation. Under the mandate senior citizens with taxable income would have to pay an additional 15 percent tax on the income tax with no exclusions. The tax therefore affects Middle income senior citizens at Levels up to $800 per person in the first year to Over $1000 by 1993 at a surtax rate rising to 28 percent. Challenge to the Law also comes from senior citizen leaders charging that the catastrophic care Legisla Homer Speaks to seniors Tion does not cover catastrophic care a intermediate and custodial nursing Home care 80 percent of medical costs paid by senior citizens with Bills Over $2,000 per year. Nursing Home costs Range from $22,000 to $35,000 per year according to experts and the legislation does not address them. The legislation also increased medicare premiums by $4 monthly. A major drive for repeal was launched in october of last year by a Volunteer organization seniors coalition against the catastrophic act. This Effort has drawn the focus of the Mcneil Lehrer report on pcs television stations Usa today major newspapers television networks and wire services. New legislation to repeal the catastrophic care act has been introduced by senators Harry Reid and Richard Bryan both a Nevada and congressman Harris w. Pawell a Illinois. Legislation effecting a one year moratorium on All aspects of the legislation has been introduced in the House of representatives by congressman Bill Archer a Texas. And legislation to retain the acute care and spousal impoverishment seepage 7 Quot we re celebrating yes the senior Beacon is celebrating its 9th anniversary. It was March 1980 that the first senior Beacon came off the presses and became a part of the Colorado Springs print Media. Today we Are the second oldest newspaper in the Springs and have grown to 11 editions in 7 states. Thank you Colorado Springs senior Community and Colorado Springs businesses and services for 9 great years. The senior Beacon is now published by Beacon publications inc. Gerald k Bliese president. Inside books authors. A20 classified ads. A18 crossword. A16 finance. 7 living Faith. 5 senior Center. Senior living. Sere dips. All travel notebook. A National news Roundup an open letter to Sam i generation retires in Comfort More than half of All retirees age 65 to 74 Are comfortably retired and Many can be found in Connecticut Florida Hawaii Nevada and new Jersey a Florida researcher has reported. Quot comfortably retired was defined As having income at double the 1980 poverty level of $8,414. Moreover Over 12 percent of the i generation were found to be Quot elite elite Quot a having retirement income from at least three sources. The world War ii generation enjoyed Many government programs that provided education and Home Loans social Security Cost of living allowances and Federal Laws protecting private pensions the report to test new system in five states some medicare beneficiaries will soon have the option of reducing their out of pocket health costs by joining a preferred provider organization pros part of an experimental program conducted by the Federal government. A pro is an organization that contracts with an insurer employer Union or other third party to provide health care at lower than usual fees in Exchange for prompt payment and an increased volume of patients. Quot we Hope to take advantage of techniques developed in the private sector to control High costs associated with physician services Quot medicare chief William l. Roper said. Five pro demonstration Sites and participating insurers chosen Are Blue Cross Blue shield of Arizona Phoenix health link St. Louis Missouri care Mark Portland Oregon family health plan Minneapolis Minnesota and Capp care Fountain Valley workers needed but face disincentives studies say two Federal government surveys reveal that in spite of moves by the nations employers to recruit and retrain them in an Effort to avoid serious labor shortages in the future older workers just May decide to say several reasons for this were identified Many companies ignore the special health care and flexible time needs of older workers there Are existing financial disincentives for older adults to continue working or re enter the work Force a see Page 4 dear editor the Cross on the Chain the Cane the cigarette the cup of Coffee the Cowboy hat. Whenever these were together in one spot it could mean Only one thing a Sam Irving. Sam is going to be leaving Colorado Springs relocating to Arkansas but not without having left his Mark on this Community and in our hearts. Same a accomplishments in the senior Community during the 80s Are Many and too numerous to list now. He assumed positions of leadership representing seniors interests locally and statewide. Sam has been practical and realistic and persevered in spite of obstacles in an Effort to improve the Quality of life for All seniors. Our Community and his Many friends Are going to miss him. We want to wish him and his wife the Best in their travels. They should know that they will never be lacking a place to Park the re in Colorado Springs. Sincerely same a friends governor Roy Homer during a trip to Colorado Springs that included visits to Silver key senior services and senior residences governor Roy seepage 3
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