May 24, 2011
Nearly since the birth of Social Security and Medicare, these two successful programs have been under constant attack. I remember so clearly in 2005 fighting against President Bush’s plan to privatize Social Security and gamble seniors’ benefits in the stock market. Imagine what would have happened if seniors’ benefits had been in the stock market during the 2008 financial crisis. Instead of learning from that experience, today our vital American programs are again under attack.
September 19, 2004
Dear Editor: Many of the people on Medicare will be severely hurt by the 17.5 percent hike in Medicare premiums. It used to be, "Shall I eat or buy medicines?" Now it will be, "Shall I drop out of Medicare altogether?" Call Senators Mitch McConnell and Jim Bunning. Tell them to roll back this horrendous increase and ask them about the billions that the Bush government has borrowed from Social Security. Tom Ellis Liberty
April 26, 2006
Bluegrass Area Development District will provide sign-ups and answers for seniors with Medicare Part D from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 3 at Kentucky School for the Deaf, Argo McClure Building, Room 125, and the Boyle County Public Library. Call (859) 236-2070 for more information.
May 11, 2004
LANCASTER - Garrard County is accused in a federal lawsuit of defrauding the government of hundreds of thousands of dollars in reimbursement claims filed with Medicare. The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Lexington on behalf of the federal government by the company that was under contract to run the county's hospital and nursing home. The suit, which was sealed until April 23, alleges that the county, Memorial Hospital and Long Term Care Facility conspired to file false claims with Medicare for "reimbursement claims they knew were exaggerated or not properly reimbursable at all. " It seeks unspecified damages for the government and "the maximum amount allowed" for the company, Rainmaker Financial, which filed the suit.
October 9, 2012
We are fortunate in the Sixth District to have a congressman who follows his conscience in supporting the interests of his constituents and responding to their concerns. I urge all residents of the district to cast their votes for Ben Chandler on Nov. 6. We have an opportunity this fall to increase Democratic representation in the House of Representatives and to oppose the takeover by Tea Party Republicans. A vote for Rep. Chandler is an important step in this process. Ben Chandler is a strong advocate for senior citizens, small businesses, military members and veterans.
October 6, 2012
Two years ago, my husband turned 65 and registered for Medicare. In November of the same year, he had hip surgery. After the surgery, we received a $61,000 doctors' bill. After contacting Medicare, I found they had made a mistake on the effective date. After weeks of pleading with Social Security to correct the error, I turned to our congressmen and senators. On Aug. 22, 2010, I wrote letters to representatives. Ben Chandler called on Aug. 24, asking how he could help. After sharing our situation, he promised to get it resolved.
October 31, 2008
Meetings Danville-Boyle County Planning & Zoning Commission - 9 a.m. Wednesday at City Hall. The agenda includes discussion of the subdivision regulations amendment for Sections 170 & 210. Flu shots Boyle County Health Department will give flu shots from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at Danville Wal-Mart. The charge will be $20 and Medicaid, Medicare and some Humana plans will be accepted.
July 5, 2007
Dear Editor, According to the Centers for Disease Control, Kentucky and West Virginia have the highest proportion of people with heart disease in the nation. The prevalence of obesity, smoking and diabetes are the primary causes. Recognizing the need for heart rehabilitation, Regain Inc. was formed in Danville to meet the growing health care needs of the 135,000 residents of Boyle County and surrounding rural communities of Casey, Garrard, Lincoln, Mercer, Marion and Washington counties.
October 7, 2010
Dear Editor, I think many of Rand Paul’s ideas are too extreme and are unacceptable to most Kentuckians. Paul has stated that in order to qualify for full Social Security benefits, the retirement age must be raised from 67 to 70, and that Medicare benefits should come with a $2,000 deductible. This would place a heavy burden on our older citizens. For many Kentuckians, Social Security is their primary source of income, and they receive their health care through Medicare.
December 17, 2010
GOP Grinch wants to steal health care reform To the editor: Yes, Virginia, Republicans in your state, and in many other states, want to repeal the new health care bill. The GOP has also been trying to do the same with Medicare and Social Security since their inception. What have Republicans got against well-run government programs? Thanks to saner minds in the past, you’re still receiving your Social Security check every month and Medicare services. The rest of the industrialized world enjoys universal health care from birth to death.