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Burying a Time Bomb in Red Tape

In an attempt to ignore out of control spending, North Carolina government officials plan to limit access to prescription drugs for Medicaid beneficiaries. Unfortunately, this strategy is doomed to fail. Not only will it fail to close the budget shortfall, but will also fail the state’s Medicaid beneficiaries by depriving them of the therapies and medical treatments they need.

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Burying a Time Bomb in Red Tape

In an attempt to ignore out of control spending, North Carolina government officials plan to limit access to prescription drugs for Medicaid beneficiaries. Unfortunately, this strategy is doomed to fail. Not only will it fail to close the budget shortfall, but will also fail the state’s Medicaid beneficiaries by depriving them of the therapies and medical treatments they need.

06/24/2002
Active Ingredient: Politics

No election year legislative session would be complete without the obligatory overture to senior voters through a proposed Medicare prescription drug benefit. Both Senate Democrats and House Republicans have fashioned plans to offer drug “insurance” for Medicare beneficiaries under the current Medicare system. The Republican bill would keep prescription drugs out of the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services’ (CMS, formerly HCFA) portfolio, but do little to address the inefficiency and exploding costs underlying the current Medicare system.

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Active Ingredient: Politics

No election year legislative session would be complete without the obligatory overture to senior voters through a proposed Medicare prescription drug benefit. Both Senate Democrats and House Republicans have fashioned plans to offer drug “insurance” for Medicare beneficiaries under the current Medicare system. The Republican bill would keep prescription drugs out of the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services’ (CMS, formerly HCFA) portfolio, but do little to address the inefficiency and exploding costs underlying the current Medicare system.

06/18/2002
Memo to Congressional Leaders

We can all read polls. Seniors want a prescription drug benefit as part of Medicare. And with Democrats planning to scare seniors with false and misleading attacks on Social Security, Republicans want to make sure they are on the “right side” of a core issue with seniors. But, polls aren’t everything. In fact, following the polls on a Medicare prescription drug benefit can get you into a deep political and policy bind. Republicans must keep in mind:

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Memo to Congressional Leaders

We can all read polls. Seniors want a prescription drug benefit as part of Medicare. And with Democrats planning to scare seniors with false and misleading attacks on Social Security, Republicans want to make sure they are on the “right side” of a core issue with seniors. But, polls aren’t everything. In fact, following the polls on a Medicare prescription drug benefit can get you into a deep political and policy bind. Republicans must keep in mind:

05/09/2002
Letter to Washington State Legislators

Dear Legislators, As you are well aware, an unexpected spike in the cost of medical care poses a direct threat to future state budgets. This year’s $1.2 billion budget shortfall could look paltry in comparison to future deficits if out-of-control health spending is not addressed. I write on behalf of nearly 300,000 members and supporters of Citizens for a Sound Economy Foundation (CSE Foundation) to urge you to address Medicaid costs and balance the state budget through comprehensive reform, not piecemeal price caps and regulations.

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Letter to Washington State Legislators

Dear Legislators, As you are well aware, an unexpected spike in the cost of medical care poses a direct threat to future state budgets. This year’s $1.2 billion budget shortfall could look paltry in comparison to future deficits if out-of-control health spending is not addressed. I write on behalf of nearly 300,000 members and supporters of Citizens for a Sound Economy Foundation (CSE Foundation) to urge you to address Medicaid costs and balance the state budget through comprehensive reform, not piecemeal price caps and regulations.

03/07/2002
An Eye-Catching 475 NC CSE Activists Storm the Capitol to Fight Against Harmful Prescription Drug Formularies

Prior Authorization, "limits choice and hurts research..." -- CSE President, Paul Beckner as quoted in the Raleigh News and Observer Raleigh, NC - North Carolina Citizens for a Sound Economy (NC CSE) held its second annual North Carolina CSE Day at the Capitol in Raleigh on June 5. Over 475 dedicated NC CSE grassroots activists flooded the capitol to lobby their legislators on a number of core CSE issues including detrimental prescription drug formularies, tax increases, education and energy issues.

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An Eye-Catching 475 NC CSE Activists Storm the Capitol to Fight Against Harmful Prescription Drug Formularies

Prior Authorization, "limits choice and hurts research..." -- CSE President, Paul Beckner as quoted in the Raleigh News and Observer Raleigh, NC - North Carolina Citizens for a Sound Economy (NC CSE) held its second annual North Carolina CSE Day at the Capitol in Raleigh on June 5. Over 475 dedicated NC CSE grassroots activists flooded the capitol to lobby their legislators on a number of core CSE issues including detrimental prescription drug formularies, tax increases, education and energy issues.

06/06/2001
Alabama CSE Day at the Capitol: 150 Alabama CSE Activists Call for Choice and Competition For Prescription Drugs

Montgomery, AL - In states across the country, CSE state chapters have brought grassroots activists to their respective capitols to lobby their legislators on core CSE issues such as tax-cuts, prescription drugs, the environment, technology issues, and tort reform. Alabama CSE was the sixth CSE state chapter to conduct its CSE Day at the Capitol in Montgomery, AL. Over 150 grassroots activists were bussed in from around the state in order to let their legislators know that they wanted less government, less taxes and more freedom.

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Alabama CSE Day at the Capitol: 150 Alabama CSE Activists Call for Choice and Competition For Prescription Drugs

Montgomery, AL - In states across the country, CSE state chapters have brought grassroots activists to their respective capitols to lobby their legislators on core CSE issues such as tax-cuts, prescription drugs, the environment, technology issues, and tort reform. Alabama CSE was the sixth CSE state chapter to conduct its CSE Day at the Capitol in Montgomery, AL. Over 150 grassroots activists were bussed in from around the state in order to let their legislators know that they wanted less government, less taxes and more freedom.

05/17/2001
Texas CSE Lone Star Activists Aim to Shoot Down Proposed Prescription Drug Price-Caps

"CSE is the only group that organizes its members and fights for issues." - CSE Day Attendee Grace Germany

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Texas CSE Lone Star Activists Aim to Shoot Down Proposed Prescription Drug Price-Caps

"CSE is the only group that organizes its members and fights for issues." - CSE Day Attendee Grace Germany

03/23/2001
Florida CSE Day Brings Over 250 CSE Activists to the Capitol to Lobby Against Prescription Drug Price-Caps and other Core CSE Is

Tallahassee, FL - Once again, Florida Citizens for a Sound Economy (FL CSE) hosted its annual FL CSE Day at the Capitol, bringing in over 250 CSE activists from across Florida to met with their legislators and discuss important issues and legislation. The two-day event was filled with guest speakers such as Secretary of State Katherine Harris, press conferences with guest speaker Tom Feeney, Speaker of the House, lobby visits, and activist training seminars. Activists also had the opportunity to watch the House of Representatives debate legislation.

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Florida CSE Day Brings Over 250 CSE Activists to the Capitol to Lobby Against Prescription Drug Price-Caps and other Core CSE Is

Tallahassee, FL - Once again, Florida Citizens for a Sound Economy (FL CSE) hosted its annual FL CSE Day at the Capitol, bringing in over 250 CSE activists from across Florida to met with their legislators and discuss important issues and legislation. The two-day event was filled with guest speakers such as Secretary of State Katherine Harris, press conferences with guest speaker Tom Feeney, Speaker of the House, lobby visits, and activist training seminars. Activists also had the opportunity to watch the House of Representatives debate legislation.

03/21/2001
Iowa CSE Activists Demand: "We Want Less," As They Storm the Capitol

Des Moines, IA - Proclaiming the CSE mantra, "We Want Less," close to100 Iowa Citizens for a Sound Economy activists arrived at the Capitol steps to let their representatives know that price controls on prescription drugs is a bad remedy for the Medicare and prescription drug problem.

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Iowa CSE Activists Demand: "We Want Less," As They Storm the Capitol

Des Moines, IA - Proclaiming the CSE mantra, "We Want Less," close to100 Iowa Citizens for a Sound Economy activists arrived at the Capitol steps to let their representatives know that price controls on prescription drugs is a bad remedy for the Medicare and prescription drug problem.

03/13/2001
The People Speak Again: Washington CSE Conducts Second Annual CSE Day at the Capitol

"Several hundred people, most members of a conservative group called Washington Citizens for a Sound Economy, buttonholed their legislators Monday with a plea for smaller, cheaper, less restrictive state government." - Associated Press

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The People Speak Again: Washington CSE Conducts Second Annual CSE Day at the Capitol

"Several hundred people, most members of a conservative group called Washington Citizens for a Sound Economy, buttonholed their legislators Monday with a plea for smaller, cheaper, less restrictive state government." - Associated Press

02/21/2001

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