On the campaign trail: Buerkle honored by senior advocacy group

— 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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Sarah Hall is the editor of the Eagle Star-Review. She can be reached at editor@eaglestarreview.com.

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