Voice For Health & Progress
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  • Norma, who struggles with a heart disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease—more commonly know as COPD—has participated in Medicare Part D since the program was launched.

    Norma recently experienced a medical scare and says Medicare Part D is helping her get the support she needs to manage her health.

    Today, Norma says her breathing is improved and she is living a better quality of life thanks to Medicare Part D.

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  • Angela, a wife and mother, has been participating in Medicare Part D since its inception. Angela suffers from MS, hypertension, and thyroid disease, and Medicare Part D makes it easier for her to manage her complex health needs.

    Angela says that if she did not have Medicare Part D, she would not be able to afford her medications and her quality of life would be poor.

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  • Ross is a full-time industrial electrician. Prior to enrolling in Medicare Part D, he faced significant financial barriers when trying to get his prescriptions. Today his burden has been eased and he is able to manage and treat his high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

    Ross is grateful to have access to his Part D prescription drug coverage and hopes Congress will make it a priority to keep Medicare Part D in place for those who need it most.

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  • Russell is a young Medicare Part D beneficiary who contends with a disablity that makes keeping a full-time job challenging. Before enrolling in the program, he was not able to afford necessary medicines to treat a severe case of iron deficiency. This left him lethargic and dealing with frequent fainting episodes. Thankfully, since getting his prescriptions, he is feeling much more energized, even securing a part-time job.

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  • Richard worked for 30 years as a computer programmer. In 2002, he suffered a stroke that left him totally disabled. Despite health challenges, his quality of life is improving thanks to Medicare Part D, which has given him access to affordable prescriptions that are helping him to begin walking and talking again.

    Richard’s illness and disability have led to financial challenges for him and his wife, but he is appreciative because he says without Medicare Part D, they would be in a much worse position.

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  • Nell is a widow who has been enrolled in Medicare Part D since the program began. At age five she was diagnosed with pediatric rheumatoid arthritis (RA), which now causes severe chronic pain when she is not able to take her medication. In addition to RA, Nell requires prescriptions for fibromyalgia and diabetes, as well as thyroid and digestive issues.

    Nell says Medicare Part D helps her afford her medications. She says she’s not sure what she would do without Medicare Part D, especially with her limited income.

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  • Nancy, a wife and mother, is no longer able to work due to a disability, but she is grateful because she has a strong support system. While she helps to care for her adult daughter who struggles with cerebral palsy, Nancy contends with her own health challenges including rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, hormone replacement, gastric reflux, and hypertension.

    Both Nancy and her daughter are Medicare Part D beneficiaries, and she says they would not be able to survive without this vital benefit. In addition to compromising their health, losing Medicare Part D would force them to go without basic living needs.

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  • Mary is a mother and grandmother of twenty grandchildren. Living on a fixed income and contending with several ailments including a heart condition, high blood pressure, diabetes, and thyroid disease, she says Medicare Part D has been a lifesaver.

    In Mary’s words, the loss of her Part D coverage would leave her “alone and destitute.”

    She joined Voices for Health & Progress because she wants to make a difference by sharing her story and helping other people understand the importance of Part D.

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  • Linda is proud to be a breast cancer survivor. She is a mother and grandmother who works hard to manage her health. Therefore, she counts on Medicare Part D to help her afford the prescriptions she needs for diabetes, a heart condition, and back issues.

    She is grateful to have Part D to help her maintain her independence; otherwise, she says she would be “falling through the cracks” and have to depend on her family to get extra help just to get by.

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  • Joseph, who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis (MS), is legally blind and confined to a wheel chair. Participating in Medicare Part D has helped support his independence and maintain his health. Medicare Part D makes it possible for him to live on his own and still afford treatments for his MS.

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  • After receiving an email that caught her attention, Annabelle decided to join Voices for Health & Progress to raise her civic voice and let Congress know why Medicare Part D is so vital to her family.

    Both she and her husband are enrolled in the program, which helps them to get the medicines that are so important for their quality of life. For Annabelle, this means being able to treat her heart condition, as well as thyroid, muscle and orthopaedic issues.

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  • Active throughout most of her 52 years, Connie’s world suddenly changed after a serious car accident when she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). In addition to MS, Connie contends with the effects of neuropathy and regularly takes medication to treat her pain.

    Connie, whose husband is also on disability, says that if she did not have access to Medicare Part D, her family would not be able to cover all of their bills and living expenses: “Thank goodness I have Medicare Part D coverage. If I didn't have the coverage, my MS would be much worse.”

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  • Harry, who began participating in Medicare Part D when the program was launched, is living a better quality of life thanks to his prescription drug coverage.

    HIV positive, Harry relies on his participation in Part D to afford medications that are helping him to live longer and manage his illness.

    Harry’s message to Congress: Please support the Medicare Part D program. The program is crucial and, for many, provides a much-needed safety net.

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  • Now retired, Raymond was very active until he began experiencing back problems. He is now disabled and relies on his Medicare Part D coverage to cover the cost of prescriptions that he needs daily to maintain his health.

    Raymond says he would not be able to afford some of his medications without Medicare Part D.

    Raymond joined Voices for Health & Progress because he believes it can help educate lawmakers in Washington, DC, and make a difference for people like him.

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  • Richard is a 75-year-old former pastor who spent most of his life ministering internationally. He enrolled in Medicare Part D the year the program began, and he relies on his coverage to help pay for prescriptions to treat high blood pressure and a mood condition.

    Richard says that Medicare Part D has helped him to feel more secure knowing that the program is available when he needs it.

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  • Gertrude, a widow and mother of four, is 79 years old. She retired after 35 years of working in retail and now spends her free time with her family.

    Gertrude has been participating in Medicare Part D since the program became available. Her coverage helps her afford prescriptions for high blood pressure, arthritis, and emphysema.

    Gertrude says that Medicare Part D is vital to maintaining her health.

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  • A recent Medicare Part D enrollee, Kenneth’s story is an example of what it means to push forward despite health challenges. After being diagnosed with cancer, Kenneth underwent multiple surgeries that left him unable to speak and relying on a type-to-talk device to communicate with others.

    As an ordained minister, Kenneth still preaches to his congregation and teaches Sunday school at his church even though his illness caused him to retire early.

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  • Facing a number of health issues, Michael began participating in Medicare Part D when the program began. His coverage helps him get all of the prescriptions he needs to manage a kidney disease, hypertension, neuropathy, asthma and several other chronic conditions that have resulted in multiple surgeries and hospitalizations.

    Despite his health challenges, Michael maintains a positive outlook and says he enjoys spending his free time bowling and going to Milwaukee Brewers’ baseball games.

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  • Ricky, who lives with his fiancee and his mother, suffers from social anxiety and also contends with chronic back problems. He has been diagnosed with bipolar-type schizoaffective disorder.

    Ricky’s disabilities require several different prescriptions. He once found it difficult to afford the medications he needed, which affected his ability to treat his conditions consistently. But today, with Medicare Part D, he is able to access medicines that are helping improve his quality of life.

    Ricky’s message to Congress: Protect Medicare Part D.

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  • 72 years old, Chiquita is married and likes to stay active. She and her husband especially enjoy travelling to visit their children and grandchildren who live in other states.

    Chiquita enrolled in Medicare Part D when the program began. She relies on her coverage to help her cover the costs of medications she needs to manage high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and arthritis. Chiquita says Medicare Part D has improved her life by giving her access to affordable prescriptions.

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  • Tere maintains an active lifestyle since his retirement from optometry.  He enjoys working in his yard, singing in a men’s barbershop chorus, doing nature photography and volunteering for Senior Plus Meals on Wheels.

    Tere requires many medications to remain healthy and keep up with his busy lifestyle.  Without Medicare Part D and Extra Help, Tere would not be able to afford medications for his macular degeneration, COPD, sleep apnea, depression and high blood pressure.

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  • After retiring more than a decade ago due to health issues, Peggy now participates in Medicare Part D.

    She is a widow who struggles with many health challenges. Relying on a modest income, Peggy says Medicare Part D has been a big help, relieving the stress of having to decide between purchasing vital medications or food. She can now treat her high cholesterol and high blood pressure consistently.

    Peggy says she can’t imagine living without Medicare Part D.

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  • Deborah is a mother and grandmother who enrolled in Medicare Part D when it began. She says the program has helped to maintain her health and, without the coverage, she would not be able to afford the medications she needs.

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  • A wife and mother, Mary is disabled and struggles with multiple health issues. She has undergone surgery for a heart condition and deals with ongoing challenges resulting from a back injury. Her prescriptions are needed to treat her heart condition, as well as arthritis. Medicare Part D helps Mary to maintain mobility and achieve her best quality of life.

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  • After enrolling in Medicare Part D two years ago, Terri is finding that her prescription drug coverage provides a vital safety net for her family.

    She relies on the program to help her cover the costs of prescriptions needed for high blood pressure, depression, hypothyroidism, and pain from previous surgeries.

    Terri says that without Medicare Part D, her family would have to sacrifice daily living essentials, such as food, in order for her to manage her health.

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  • A former factory employee, Patricia stopped working in 2007 due to a disability. She is a proud mother who raised three sons, losing her middle son to a heart attack at just 35 years of age.

    Patricia’s Medicare Part D coverage helps her to get the prescriptions she needs to manage her Diabetes and high blood pressure, and an active lifestyle. She enjoys flowers and planting bulbs in her yard, where she maintains thriving vegetable garden.

    Patricia believes that participating in Medicare Part D has helped to keep her alive.

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  • After working 37 years in the construction industry, Ronald suffered a debilitating rotator cuff injury that led to him becoming fully disabled. He immediately enrolled in Medicare Part D.

    Today, Ronald shares a home with his sister and brother-in-law to help him keep expenses low. He suffers from depression and anxiety as well as high cholesterol and high blood pressure but gives thanks to his Medicare Part D coverage for helping him to get the medicines and treatment he needs to live a better quality of life.

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  • Joeanne and her husand, Ed, are trying to enjoy their retirement as much as they possibly can. While they face a number of health challenges, they try to stay active particpating in outdoor activities. They also spend their summers in Oregon and winters in Arizona living in a fifth wheel trailer.

    Joeanne says Medicare Part D has helped them to maintain a decent quality of life in spite of their health issues. As she puts it, they would be almost broke without their Part D coverage.

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  • Living with her 80-year-old parents, Rebecca struggles with mental illness, arthritis, and high cholesterol. Medicare Part D helps to cover the cost of her medications. Without the program, she says she would not be able to work at all.

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  • Ginger is now retired but says that working under strenuous and hazardous conditions has caused several health issues. She has been enrolled in Medicare Part D for several years and relies on her coverage to afford a number of medications.

    Ginger’s message to Congress: Medicare Part D is priceless.

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  • Judy and her husband Tere are both active retirees who enjoy volunteering at their church through Senior Plus Meals on Wheels and participating in the church choir.  Without Medicare Part D and Extra Help, addressing Judy’s medical issues would be a challenge. 

    She suffered a stroke in 2012 and also has hypertension and high cholesterol.  If it weren’t for Extra Help’s coverage through Medicare Part D, her out of pocket costs for prescriptions to treat her conditions would be too high.  Judy and her family would have to make sacrifices in other areas of her life – such as birthday gifts for grandchildren and groceries – to pay for her medication.

     

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  • Kenneth was forced to retire early after arthritis left him unable to continue working.

    He is now on a fixed income and says that Medicare Part D helps him afford prescriptions he needs not only to treat his arthritis but also to manage high blood pressure and diabetes.

    Kenneth is asking Congress to protect Medicare Part D.

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  • Richard, 87 years old, maintains an active lifestyle, still driving his own car. He is married, and both he and his wife rely on Medicare Part D for affordable access to prescriptions that are vital to their health.

    Richard is dealing with prostate cancer and diabetes. Having Medicare Part D ensures he is able to receive the crucial treatments he needs.

    Richard says Medicare Part D is “simple and easy to use,” and he believes his family would be lost without it.

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  • Phyllis is a retired mother of two who enjoys being active. She has been enrolled in Medicare Part D since 2006.

    Phyllis struggles with several health care challenges, including diabetes, high blood pressure, and cancer. She says Medicare Part D makes her prescriptions more affordable and, without it, she might have to forgo some of her medication because the cost would be too high.

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  • Now in her 70s, Mary is a wife and mother of three. She says Medicare Part D gives her piece of mind in knowing that it is available should she need medications in the future.

    Mary wants Congress to know that Medicare Part D is essential for senior citizens whose expenses continue to increase while their income remains the same.

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  • Medicare Part D is an important program for Ann, who has more than twenty prescriptions. She faces multiple health challenges including Type 2 Diabetes, peripheral neuropathy, a heart condition, prior back surgery, removal of her thyroid, and double knee replacements but she maintains her optimism.

    Ann says Part D is more important than ever to her because without it, she would be financially strapped. She and her family would feel a huge burden if there were cuts or harmful changes to the program.

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  • Living with an incurable disease like glaucoma Mary is grateful that she has Medicare Part D to help her get the prescriptions she needs to treat her condition and maintain the best quality of life she can.

    She recently enrolled in the program and says she would find it even more difficult to manage her health without it.

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  • Cliff joined Voices for Health & Progress because he wants to show people how important Medicare Part D is for Americans who rely on it to get their medications and maintain their health.

    Before Medicare Part D, Cliff went without necessary prescriptions and found himself living a very unhealthy life. In the last four years since he enrolled, he has seen his health and quality of life improve significantly. He has been able to lower his blood pressure, manage his cholesterol, and mitigate prostate issues because he is now able to get access to his prescriptions an a regular basis.

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  • Before Medicare Part D, Charles, a widower, was “pinching every penny” to be able to get the medicines he needed. With high blood pressure, heart issues, and a severe back injury, he relies on Medicare Part D to help him manage his health conditions.

    Charles says he would be in “bad shape” without this vital program.

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  • Paul, a former master printer and ranch operator, is retired. He is disabled and uses a wheelchair. He has been enrolled in Medicare Part D since the program’s inception and says that he would not be able to afford his medications without it.

    Paul would like Congress to know that they should support Medicare Part D because a lot of people are affected by it in significant ways.

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  • Susan is a writer and former seamstress in a fishing town. She’s been enrolled in Medicare Part D for almost three years, and would not want to be without it. Medicare Part D helps her afford the medications she needs to live a healthy life while she contends with thyroid disease, high blood pressure, arthritis, sciatica, and COPD.

    “If I were to lose my Medicare Part D, I would be devastated—and could not afford my medications. My disability income is barely enough to make ends meet.”

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  • Married for 63 years, both Harold and his wife contend with health challenges. They currently live on a fixed income.

    Harold says their participation in Medicare Part D has eliminated the worry of not being able to get the medications they need. He relies on his coverage to help treat and manage an inflammatory disorder and a spinal disease that causes severe pain.

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  • Janice, a widow after 60 years of marriage, is the mother of three children and grandmother of five.

    She says Medicare Part D is very important to her life. Without it, she could not afford to purchase her prescriptions or maintain the quality of life she currently enjoys.

    Janice’s message to Congress: Support Medicare Part D because it helps me maintain my quality of life.

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  • An avid history buff, Lee credits Medicare Part D with providing vital support for his family. Both he and his wife rely on Part D coverage to get the medicines they need to treat such illnesses as Type 2 Diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

    Before participating in the program, they found it impossible to get all of their medications, almost being forced to cut basic living essentials such as food and gas to heat their home.

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  • At age 69, Luly is caretaker for her mother, who is 93 years old. Both Luly and her husband participate in Medicare Part D.

    Luly says that if they did not have Medicare Part D, her family would face serious financial challenges.

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  • A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Francis, is pleased with his family’s Medicare Part D coverage.

    He is very healthy and takes no regular medication, but his wife relies on prescriptions to treat high blood pressure, rheumatism, and Lupus. Thanks to Part D, his wife’s medicines are much more affordable.

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  • Jan joined Voices for Health & Progress to help share the message. A former office professional, she became disabled and found herself unable to work. But thanks to Medicare Part D, she can afford the medicines she needs to manage her health.

    Despite struggles with bipolar disease and back problems, Jan spends time enjoying her computer and iPad, as well as reading romance novels. She is grateful for Medicare Part D because it has helped to improve her life.

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  • Alfred, a retired public servant, now lives a limited lifestyle due to multiple health challenges including a heart condition which resulted in quadruple bypass surgery.

    With his Medicare Part D coverage he is able to get the medicines and treatment that are vital to his health.

    Alfred says Medicare Part D is a necessity for older Americans, especially during their retirement years.

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  • Lucille is proud to be part of a family that is known for having “great genes” and longevity. Though she is in relatively good health and does not take any medicines regularly, she enrolled in Medicare Part D because she feels more secure knowing that she can rely on her prescription drug coverage if she ever has more serious health needs.

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  • Lewis and his wife, Kara Jean, are both retired. They enjoy spending their free time traveling, doing yard work, and partaking in activities around their home.

    Medicare Part D has relieved Lewis and Kara Jean of the worry of not being able to afford important medicines, especially to treat prostate issues, dementia, and high blood pressure.

    Both Lewis and his wife are satisfied with Medicare Part D because the program is making it possible for them to get the prescriptions they need to maintain a quality life.

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  • Frank and his wife, Judy, have been participating in Medicare Part D since the program became available in 2006.

    After two bouts with cancer, Frank feels fortunate to be enjoying an improved quality of life. Thanks to the coverage provided by Part D, he is managing his health and keeping his blood pressure under control.

    Frank joined Voices for Health & Progress because he believes “the more collaboration, hopefully, the better the outcome.”

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  • Medicare Part D not only helped Ramona afford her medicines, but it also simplified a process that previously felt burdesome. Ramona is non-English speaking and relies on her daughter to handle all of her paperwork and care management. She says that since she’s had Part D, it has been less of a hassle for her family.

    Ramona has experienced health setbacks related to diabetes, including high blood pressure and osteoperosis but now that she is able to focus on her health, she feels stable.

    Ramona’s family says it is important to share her story with others because they don’t want her or others in the same situation to lose their Part D benefits.

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  • Contending with rheumatoid arthritis, Type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure, Bill relies on several different medicines to manage his health. With Medicare Part D, both he and his wife’s prescriptions are more affordable.

    Billy says that he hopes he will never have to go without Part D because it would be challenging for his family.

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  • Prior to enrolling in Medicare Part D, Vilas had no prescription drug coverage and was unable to go to the doctor. He is thankful that today he can get access to vital medicines.

    Vilas has spinal stinosis, peripheral neuropathy, and COPD and says he knows he would have to go without medication if he didn’t have Medicare Part D.

    Vilas wants members of Congress to know that he is grateful for the benefits Part D brings to his life.

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  • Robert has been enrolled in Medicare Part D for the last year. He says he would be sunk without his Medicare Part D coverage. Robert had a stroke before he turned 65 and has to take five different prescriptions—three for his heart, and two for his eyes.

    These five prescriptions used to cost him over $200 a month. Now he pays only $11 a month. “We would be monetarily devastated if I lost my Part D coverage.”

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  • Married for 50 years, John Yung and his wife have three grown children. He is retired and covers his expenses with a modest income. He enrolled in Medicare Part D in 2006 and relies on his coverage to help him afford needed prescriptions for high cholesterol and blood pressure. Without Medicare Part D, it would be difficult to cover the costs of his prescriptions.

    To Congress, John says: You must support Medicare Part D because of the help it gives people.

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  • Describing himself as an expert tradesman, Frank learned eleven trades on his own, working as a carpenter and then as a machinist. He became disabled in 1995 and enrolled in Medicare Part D when the program began in 2006.

    Medicare Part D assists Frank in managing his health challenges, including scoliosis, degenerative disc disease, and high cholesterol, which has now put him at risk of losing his leg.

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  • James, a veteran, underwent surgery for a heart transplant when he was 66 years old. His Medicare Part D coverage helps him afford the medications that sustain his transplant, as well as other health conditions.

    James says that, without Medicare Part D, he would have trouble meeting both his health and financial challenges. He urges Congress to continue their support for Medicare Part D.

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  • When Donna was first diagnosed with diabetes, she told her doctor she did not want to go on medications. Even though she has been able to successfully control her diabetes with diet modification, because of Medicare Part D, she gets her testing supplies for free, which she had trouble affording before she joined Part D five years ago. Her blood pressure medication is covered as well.

    “Without Medicare Part D, I would not be able to treat my high blood pressure or control my diabetes. I simply could not afford the cost. It has improved my health because I can now test for my diabetes. It does no good to modify my diet without knowing where my blood sugar levels are at.”

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  • Diana, a wife and mother, has seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Her Medicare Part D coverage helps her afford medication to control narcolepsy.

    Diana says she wouldn't be able to afford her medication if it were not for Medicare Part D.

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  • Charles, who is 73-years old, has been disabled for 10 years. He’s been participating in Medicare Part D since the program began and relies on his coverage to help pay for prescriptions needed to treat a thryroid condition.

    Charles joined Voices for Health & Progress because he wants to help maintain and improve Medicare Part D.

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  • Josephine is 86 years old, and both she and her husband participate in Medicare Part D. Her prescriptions are used to treat high blood pressure and other ailments. Through Medicare Part D, she has been able to better manage her medical needs and cover her daily living expenses. Josephine says Medicare Part D helps her family to maintain a nice quality of life.

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  • Dave is married and serves as his wife’s primary caretaker. Both he and his wife are enrolled in Medicare Part D.

    Dave relies on the program to help him afford prescriptions for high blood pressure, arthritis, and cholesterol, while his wife needs to treat rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and seizures. He says Medicare Part D has helped them financially.

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  • Paul, a husband and father, has been enrolled in Medicare Part D for two years. He relies on his coverage to help pay for prescriptions that treat diabetes, depression, and high cholesterol.

    Paul says that Medicare Part D helps him avoid financial challenges and enjoy better health and quality of life.

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  • At 85 years old, Victor faces many health challenges. He enrolled in Medicare Part D because he wanted to improve his quality of life.

    Victor says living on a fixed income has not been easy for he and his wife but he is is thankful for his Part D coverage. Without it, he knows they would not be able to get their prescriptions and manage their health needs.

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  • 61-year-old Kathy and her husband began raising five of their grandchildren after the children’s mother passed away. Kathy is disabled and relies on Medicare Part D to get her diabetic supplies and medications to treat several chronic conditions. She says that before enrolling in Medicare Part D she could not afford her medications.

    Kathy would like Congress to know that people need the Medicare Part D benefit—many cannot afford their medications without it.

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  • Daniel is married and has a daughter who is disabled. His wife has stage 4 cancer. He’s been enrolled in Medicare Part D for five years and his coverage helps him afford prescriptions he relies on to treat high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

    Medicare Part D helps Daniel and his family meet the challenges of the health issues with which they contend individually and as a family.

    Daniel joined Voices for Health & Progress because he believes Medicare Part D is important.

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  • Cynthia likes to travel, spend time outdoors, and see her children and grandchildren. She also deals with chronic pain from a decade-long fight with arthritis, as well as fibromyalgia, tendonitis, gout, and disintegrating joints. Medicare Part D makes it possible for Cynthia to manage these conditions, and without it she wouldn’t be able to visit her grandchildren, or to afford much of anything.

    “Medicare Part D helps tremendously with the medications I require...In total, I am saving close to $1,500 monthly on my prescribed medications.”

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  • William, who is married and retired, enjoys traveling and spending time with family. He has been enrolled in Medicare Part D since the program began and relies on his coverage to afford the medication he needs to treat his diabetes.

    William wants Congress to know that Medicare Part D is a good program that helps beneficiaries.

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  • Robert’s mother and father face health challenges and both participate in Medicare Part D. Robert’s mother has had a full hip replacement, and his parents have high blood pressure and difficulty walking due to arthritis.

    Robert says Medicare Part D has given his parents access to affordable prescription drug coverage, and he is certain that, without it, they would have very poor health and a reduced quality of life.

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  • Lucille lives alone and uses a walker to maintain her mobility. She has been enrolled in Medicare Part D since 2006. She relies on the program to purchase medications needed to treat a thyroid deficiency, post-polio syndrome, and high blood pressure. Lucille says Medicare Part D helps her avoid financial struggles that would otherwise be a threat to her independence.

    Lucille joined Voices for Health & Progress to be a voice on behalf of those who rely on Medicare Part D.

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  • Despite health challenges, Dawn and her husband have remained active, participating in a senior group and going to their local YMCA several times each week. She especially likes water exercises.

    Dawn says that, with Medicare Part D, she feels alive again. She was recently diagnosed with osteoporosis and contends with several ailments, including rheumatoid arthritis, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. Medicare Part D has empowered her to go to the doctor, rather than skipping an appointment, to get the prescriptions she needs to manage her health. She says she could not envision her life without this vital prescription drug coverage.

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  • Jan is a mother of two and a published author, who is currently working on a new book. After retiring from the newspaper business – where she worked from the age of 16 – Jan enrolled in Medicare Part D. She now relies on her coverage to help cover the costs of prescriptions she needs to manage her high blood pressure and diabetes.

    Jan says the main challenge she would face without Medicare Part D is financial: “I would not be able to afford my medications.”

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  • James, a father of five who lives alone, has been enrolled in Medicare Part D since its inception. James takes medication for Meniere's Disease, a disorder of the inner ear that causes severe vertigo, tinnitus, and hearing loss. He says participating in Medicare Part D has improved his quality of life.

    James joined Voices for Health & Progress because he believes in Medicare Part D and how the program is helping its beneciaries.

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  • Jack owns his own business and is semi-retired. He also has a number of medical conditions that require prescription medications. Medicare Part D has been very important to him in the seven years he’s been enrolled in the program.

    Jack’s biggest challenge without the Medicare Part D program would be covering the high cost of his medications. With Part D, his affordable premium ensures continued access to the treatments he needs daily. Without Part D, he would have to pay a great deal more out of pocket.

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  • At 78 years old, Edward, along with his wife, maintains a mobile lifestyle, spending summers in Oregon close to their daughter and the winter months in Arizona living in an RV. He and his wife depend on a fixed income and both participate in Medicare Part D for access to affordable drug coverage.

    Edward says the program has been a life saver and would like to urge Members of Congress to support Medicare Part D because he knows a lot of seniors who rely on this critical program.

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  • Leroy, a U.S. veteran who is also a proud husband and father, has been enrolled in Medicare Part D since its beginning. Reducing his out of pocket expenses, Medicare Part D has given Leroy the ability to access the treatments he needs for a heart condition and cancer. He says Medicare Part D has helped improve his quality of life.

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  • Judith spent 30 years working in market research. Unfortunately, due to a disability, she can no longer work full time. Participating in Medicare Part D since the beginning of the program, she says it makes the medicine she needs to live with chronic conditions more affordable.

    Judith wants Congress to know that she relies on many medications to manage her health and Medicare Part D makes them more affordable.

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  • James, who is retired, has been enrolled in Medicare Part D for about four years. He relies on his coverage to afford medication he has needed since he suffered a stroke.

    James wants Congress to know that he feels Medicare Part D prescription coverage is essential.

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  • Donald is a widower who cannot afford to live alone. He now shares a home with his son, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren but stilll lives on a very tight budget.

    Participating in Medicare Part D since he turned 65 years old, Donald relies on the program to help him treat several health issues, including a heart condition, high blood pressure, arthritis, and high cholesterol.

    Thanks to Medicare Part D, Donald is able to continue enjoying one of his favorite pastimes: maintaining his container garden, where he grows greens, tomatoes, zucchini, and squash.

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  • Stanley has been enrolled in Medicare Part D since the program began in 2006.

    He and his wife rely on the program to for several prescriptions they are now able get because of this vital program.

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  • Patricia is 75 years old and has been enrolled in the Medicare Part D program since it began. Having Medicare Part D coverage allows her to access medications that help Patricia manage severe swelling in her legs and ankles, as well as prevent other heart and blood pressure problems.

    Patricia wants Congress to know that without Medicare Part D coverage, she would not have been able to afford her prescriptions and her health would have suffered as a result.

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  • Virginia is an active retiree who lives with her husband and close to her daughter and grandchildren. She has been enrolled in Medicare Part D since the program began and relies on it to help her cover the cost of medications for osteoporosis and breast cancer, among others.

    Virginia says Medicare Part D has improved her quality of life. She joined Voices for Health & Progress because she believes it is a wonderful opportunity to get the word out about the importance of Medicare Part D.

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  • Tom is autistic and struggles with several health issues. He also lives by himself and works part-time as a bagger at a grocery store. He has been enrolled in Medicare Part D for three years. Toms says that without Medicare Part D, paying for his medications would be difficult.

    Tom’s message to Congress: “Keep medications affordable through Part D.”

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  • James and his wife rely on Medicare Part D for affordable prescription drug coverage.

    At age 85, James is relatively healthy. He does not take many medications, but he is grateful for access to the medicines that help him treat hypertension and high cholesterol.

    James says not knowing what the future will bring, Medicare Part D give his family greater peace of mind. He recognizes that it could provide him and his wife even greater support down the road.

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  • Rhonda is married and cares for her husband, who is a paraplegic. She is also raising a child who would otherwise be in foster care.

    Rhonda has been enrolled in Medicare Part D for almost one year and relies on her coverage to afford oxygen inhalers she needs to manage emphysema. Rhonda says Medicare Part D helps her to get treatment for her health problems without having to make a choice between purchasing food or purchasing prescriptions.

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  • Mona lives alone but relies on her children for a support system. She says Medicare Part D helps her to afford her prescriptions and manage ongoing health issues.

    If Mona did not have Medicare Part D, she says she would be facing additional health issues, as well as financial challenges. She believes Medicare Part D is very important.

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  • Linda feels very fortunate to have her Medicare Part D coverage. While she doesn’t contend with many health challenges at this stage in her life, she knows that her situation could change at any point.

    “There is great uncertainty regarding our health in the future. We never know from day to day what could happen that would change circumstances,” says Linda.

    Though she is new to the program, she has many friends who rely on Medicare Part D and its benefits.

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  • 82 years old, Eleanor—a married mother with four daughters—relies on Medicare Part D to help cover her prescription medicine expenses. Eleanor has had a number of operations during her lifetime, including a cardiac bypass and an aortic valve change. She says her family would be in financial trouble if Medicare Part D did not help offset some of her health care costs.

    Eleanor expressed that she and her family are happy with the position they are in and she hopes to be able to participate in Medicare Part D in the years to come.

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  • A mother of two, Dora lives alone and has been enrolled in Medicare Part D for two years. The program helps cover the cost of prescriptions she needs to manage symptoms associated with stroke recovery and reduce her chances of a subsequent stroke. Dora believes her life has been extended as a result of participating in Medicare Part D.

    Dora wants Members of Congress to know that presciption drug coverage is an important part of taking care of senior citizens.

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  • Disabled in 1990, Delilah enrolled in Part D as soon as it became available in 2006.

    Medicare Part D has turned out to be a lifesaver for Delilah’s family, affording her the opportunity to get the prescriptions she needs to maintain a healthier lifestyle. She relies on her coverage to help her manage the day to day challenges of living with a disability as well as a number of other health issues including chronic migraine headaches, arthritis and glaucoma.

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  • Living on a fixed income, Corazon and his wife are like many individuals who rely on Medicare Part D to support their health needs. Corazon enrolled in the program as soon as it began and now uses it to help cover the costs of prescriptions for high blood pressure, high cholesterol and cancer treatment. Corazon acknowledges that, without Medicare Part D, he would face many challenges, including a poor quality of life and financial strains.

    Corazon encourages members of Congress to keep Part D affordable for beneficiaries.

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  • 69 years old and retired, Charles lives alone. He keeps busy with hobbies like coin collecting.

    Charles’ Medicare Part D coverage helps him cover the cost of prescriptions for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and type 2 diabetes.

    With a fixed income, Charles says Medicare Part D has improved his quality of life through financial savings. He encourages Congress to keep supporting Medicare Part D.

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  • Carl, a husband and father, has been participating in Medicare Part D for five years.

    He has undergone three spinal surgeries and relies on Medicare Part D to access affordable coverage for medicines to treat high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, and anxiety. Without Medicare Part D, Carl says he would no longer be able to afford the prescriptions he needs.

    Carl joined Voices for Health & Progress to stand up for Medicare Part D because he believes this program is vital for beneficiaries.

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  • After being diagnosed with a severe spinal disorder, Beverly was no longer able to work full-time. She is now permantly disabled and relies on Medicare Part D for affordable prescription drug.

    Beverly says her mecidines are essential to her quality of life, helping her manage the high levels of pain she lives with daily as a result of her illnesses.

    Beverly joined Voices for Health & Progress because she wants to raise awareness and ensure that people with disabilities have a voice.

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  • Betty, a mother of five, has been enrolled in Medicare Part D since the program began. She relies on her coverage to afford prescriptions to treat fibromyalgia and diabetes.

    Betty wants Congress to know that Medicare Part D helps her feel secure because she does not have to struggle to cover the costs of her medications.

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  • Al, a father of four, proudly shares that he has been working and paying taxes since his early teens. He started out delivering newspapers and worked his way up to a general manager position. He says Medicare Part D improved his health by giving him the chance to purchase his prescriptions at a reasonable cost. “Without Medicare Part D, I am not sure that I could afford my medications.”

    Al urges Congress to maintain their support for Medicare Part D.

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  • William is a former tow boat captain who retired after suffering a stroke that caused paralysis on his right side. “I cannot use my right arm and I wear a brace on my right leg.” He has used Medicare Part D since the beginning of the program to cover all of his medications, including the prescription he needs to help with his stroke symptons. He says he doesn’t know how he would be able to afford these things if he didn’t have Medicare Part D.

    William joined Voices for Health & Progress because he is thankful that the government is trying to do the right thing for beneficiaries who participate in the program.

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  • A mother of twin daughters who are 15 years old, Susan is optimistic about her decision to join Voices for Health & Progress. She believes it is a positive way to keep Medicare Part D in tact.

    Susan is bipolar and struggles with a thyroid condition and high cholesterol. She says that without her prescription drug coverage, it would be hard for her to get vital prescriptions she needs to keep her conditions under control.

    Susan wants to encourage Congress to continue to support Medicare Part D.

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  • When he was just 26 years old, Paul began suffering from a severe case of gout. As a result of his illness, he has had 17 surgeries and is now disabled.

    Paul enrolled in Medicare Part D seven years ago and says the program is helping him access medicines he once was unable to afford. Today, his quality of life is improved because he is able to treat his symptoms and keep his illness under control.

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  • Lenora, who says she is proud to be an American, has participated in Medicare Part D since 2006. Her coverage has helped her pay for prescriptions to treat a number of chronic health conditions.

    Lenora wants her elected officials to know that Medicare Part D is so important because it gives seniors options when they might not otherwise have them.

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  • Beth lives with her husband and 26-year-old son, who are both disabled. All three participate in Medicare Part D.

    Beth requires treatment for thyroid disease, cholesterol, and diabetes. Her husband needs prescriptions for muscular dystrophy and severe heart issues, while her son relies on Medicare Part D to help cover the cost of treatment for seizures and other challenges he faces as a result of a stroke he suffered at age two.

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  • Wendy, who is disabled and no longer able to work, joined Medicare Part D when the program began. She is a widow and is raising her school-aged son by herself.

    Wendy says she enjoys visiting her local pharmacy, where Medicare Part D helps her to access a range of prescriptions, including those she requires to treat a chronic condition that affects her lungs and kidneys.

    Wendy wants to be a "Voice" to let people know that Medicare Part D is a great program that is not only helping her, but many others, too, live a healthier life.

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  • Thomas, a retired nursing home administrator, is married with two children. He has been enrolled in Medicare Part D for two months. Thomas is diabetic, and his coverage helps him to cover the cost of his insulin prescription.

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  • Rena is 80 years old and continues to be active, spending time with family and friends. She has been participating in Medicare Part D since the program’s first year.

    Rena relies on her coverage to help pay for the costs of prescriptions needed to treat several health conditions, including heart disease and diabetes. She says that her health is stable in large part because she has access to prescription drug coverage through Medicare Part D.

    Rena wants Congress to support Medicare Part D because it is helping her maintain her health.

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  • Carol, who is married, is a retired school librarian. She has been enrolled in Medicare Part D for five years and relies on her coverage to help cover the cost of prescriptions she needs to treat high blood pressure and cholesterol issues.

    Carol says that, without Medicare Part D, she is not sure she would be able to afford her prescriptions.

    Carol joined Voices for Health & Progress because she wants to ensure that Medicare Part D is there for herself and others in the future.

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  • Virginia, a mother of three, has been enrolled in Medicare Part D since the program began. She manages several health challenges and relies on her coverage to help cover the costs of prescriptions to treat high cholesterol, asthma, and complications caused by gout.

    Virginia says that without her coverage, she would likely not be able to afford her medication. Access to treatment made possible by Medicare Part D has helped her continue to be able to walk.

    Virginia wants Congress to know that everyone should have access to affordable medication.

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  • 57-year-old S. Jordan lives on a fixed income from Social Security disability. S. Jordan, who has been enrolled in Medicare Part D since it began, has suffered two major strokes and relies on presciptions to treat high blood pressure, high cholestrol, and other chronic conditions. In addition to improving his health, S. Jordan says that having access to Medicare Part D allows for a more independent lifestyle.

    S. Jordan wants members of Congress to know: “I am very satisfied with Medicare Part D.”

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  • Rita, a retiree, enrolled in Medicare Part D less than a year ago. She suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, and Medicare Part D helps her afford the medication she needs to manage her condition.

    Rita wants Congress to know that Medicare Part D is working for her.

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  • Enrolling as soon as the program began, Margo, along with her husband, relies on Medicare Part D for her prescription drug coverage needs. She says she feels very blessed to have this program.

    Margo is now able to manage her high blood pressure, edema, and Type 2 Diabetes, which requires at least eight different medications.

    Margo joined Voices for Health & Progress because it provides a forum to share her experience and hear from others.

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  • At 81 years old, Iva, along with her 86-year-old husband, lives a very active lifestyle. Her Medicare Part D coverage helps her afford the cost of her treatments for Alzheimer’s disease.

    Iva says Medicare Part D gives her piece of mind and helps relieve some of the burden of her condition.

    Iva wants to thank Congress for Medicare Part D, as well as encourage them to support the program because it is a wonderful benefit for senior citizens.

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  • Carole is a married mother of four who has been diagnosed with diabetes. She enrolled in Medicare Part D five years ago and says her prescriptions would be too expensive without Medicare Part D.

    Carole wants Congress to know that Medicare Part D is a very good program.

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  • Albert has been enrolled in Medicare Part D for nearly two years. He relies on his prescription drug coverage to help him afford the medications he needs since his heart attack.

    Albert says that Medicare Part D means he does not have to choose paying for medication over food.

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  • Sharon, a retired teacher, is married and a mother of four. She enrolled in Medicare Part D in 2011 after retirement.

    Sharon says that, because of Medicare Part D, her prescriptions are more affordable. She joined Voices for Health & Progress because she believes seniors citizens need all the help they can get.

    Sharon wants Congress to support Medicare Part D so she can live a longer, more fulfilling life.

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  • LuAnn and her husband live on a dairy farm but, unfortunately, after injuring her hip, she is no longer able to assist her husband with the responsibilities of the farm.

    She has been enrolled in Medicare Part D for several years and relies on her coverage to help her get treatments for several conditions, including high blood pressure, arthritis, and anxiety issues.

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  • Beverly is a daycare provider who enrolled in Medicare Part D within the last year. She relies on the program to help cover the medication she needs to treat high blood pressure and diabetes. Without Medicare Part D, she would not be able to work or afford her medications.

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  • Since the passing of his wife earlier this year, Colin has been living alone. He enrolled in Medicare Part D when the program began and currently relies on his coverage to pay for prescriptions needed to treat a heart condition and high blood pressure. He says his quality of life has improved since he began participating in Medicare Part D, and he is now able to afford his medications without feeling financially strapped.

    Colin would like to tell Congress to keep Medicare Part D accessible and affordable.

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  • At 59 years old, Ramona is living in a residential care facility and struggling with a number of health challenges, including diabetes, arthritis, thyroid disease, and a degenerative spinal cord disorder that requires regular pain injections.

    Thanks to Medicare Part D, she says her quality of life has greatly improved. Once confined to her bed and suffering from acute back pain and fainting episodes, she is getting out of bed and becoming more active because she is able to access necessary treatments and medications.

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  • Helen, a wife and mother, is 73 years old. She and her husband are both retired.

    Helen has undergone a knee replacement and back surgery, which left her upper body immobile. Her Medicare Part D coverage helps her to afford her medications and avoid financial hardship.

    Helen says Medicare Part D is great and encourages Congress to continue supporting and improving the program.

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  • Vivian is 65 years old and has been retired for 15 years. She enjoys container gardening and tending her plants and flowers. She is in a wheelchair and has heart disease and diabetes, and takes a number of prescription drugs to treat these conditions. Because of Medicare Part D, Vivian’s out-of-pocket costs are low, so she can take her medications daily as prescribed. There is also no out-of-pocket cost for her diabetic testing supplies.

    Vivian says Medicare Part D not only makes it possible for her and her husband to take care of themselves, but also to help others in need.

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  • Shirley, a retiree who lives with her husband, has been enrolled in Medicare Part D for two years. In late 2013, she suffered a concussion after a slip and fall outside her home.

    In addition to helping her to cover the cost of medication to treat her concussion, Shirley’s Medicare Part D coverage has made it easier for her to afford prescriptions to treat thyroid and heart conditions.

    Shirley says that, if she didn’t have Part D, she would have to cut back on her daily living expenses. She wants Congress to know that Medicare Part D is a much-needed program.

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  • James is retired and has been enrolled in Medicare Part D for the past two years. He says Medicare Part D not only improved the quality of his life but may have even helped save his life: “Without my medication, I would deteriorate rather rapidly.”

    James wants Congress to know that he needs Medicare Part D because it has helped him tremendously.

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  • Janis, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) at age 35, is married with two children who still live at home. Just last year, she fell three times in her home, suffering severe injuries, including a broken wrist, broken ribs, and a broken clavicle.

    Janis has been enrolled in Medicare Part D since 2012. She can now access affordable prescription drug coverage and manage her condition more effectively.

    Janis joined Voices for Health & Progress because it offers her a vehicle for making her voice heard.

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  • Gilbert, who is a military veteran, recently became eligible for social security and decided to enroll in Medicare Part D to avoid putting a strain on his family in the future.  He and his wife are relatively healthy and do not rely on any medications at this time, but he believes that Medicare Part D will help to reduce out-of-pocket expenses if they ever need them.

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