At a tmie when every dollar matters, these checks will help seniors pay for medications they may not be able to afford otherwise. This is just the first step in closing the donut hole for seniors altogether.
Last year, roughly 382,000 Medicare beneficiaries in our state of California fell into the donut hole and received no extra help to defray the cost of their prescription drugs. Now, under health reform, help is on the way.
BP must back up its promise to pay to clean up this disaster and honor all legitimate claims - common sense dictates that this should happen before paying extravagant dividends to stockholders.
This catastrophe also underscores the need to look beyond oil production and consumption and invest in clean energy alternatives that will help save our health - as well as our environment.
Republicans are calling for canceling the checks and going back to the system which too often left seniors lacking coverage or having to spend too much to take their medication.
I am delighted to see this immediate benefit of the recently enacted health reform law help our seniors achieve the dignity we owe each one of them.
When Democrats wrote the health insurance reform legislation, they kept the needs of seniors forefront in their minds. We know that many seniors fall into the Medicare coverage gap, so that was one of the first problems we tackled.
Seniors should know these checks will be sent out automatically, free of charge, and be wary of people who ask for money or personal information.