SYRACUSE Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle was presented last week with the 2012 Standing Up for America’s Seniors Award by RetireSafe, a national, nonpartisan grassroots organization that advocates on behalf of America's seniors, for “her outstanding leadership on behalf of seniors.”
According to a release sent out by Buerkle’s camp, criteria for the award included the following:
Exhibiting outstanding leadership in Congress to protect Medicare, which is critical to millions of American seniors and their families.
Ensuring access to affordable prescription medicines for seniors through the Medicare Part D program.
Demonstrating a continued commitment to protect the doctor/patient relationship for seniors.
Preserving a vast selection of health care options for seniors so that they may choose the best plan for themselves and their families.
Representing senior constituents with individual issues before government agencies so that they receive the benefits and services they have earned.
Supporting government services and necessary funding for senior programs in the Representative’s district.
“Seniors have a true friend and leader in Ann Marie Buerkle who is always fighting for a strong Medicare, affordable medicines, and preserving health care choices,” said Thair Phillips, President of RetireSafe. “She has definitely earned this award and deserves our thanks.”
RetireSafe is a national, nonprofit, nonpartisan grassroots organization that advocates and educates on behalf of America's seniors on issues regarding Social Security, Medicare, health and financial well-being.
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