July 11, 2003 Delegate to Congress Donna M. Christensen will host a Town Hall Meeting via teleconference on Saturday, July 19, to discuss Congressional prescription drugs, Medicare and prescription drug card plans.
Utilizing the teleconferencing capability of the University of the Virgin Islands, Christensen invites all senior citizens and those interested in Medicare, prescription drugs and prescription drug cards to discuss the proposals in Congress and their ramifications for seniors in the territory.
Senior citizens on St. Croix are asked to come to the UVI campus Theater Building Room EC 401. Those in the St. Thomas-St. John area are asked to come to the St. Thomas campuss Chase Auditorium Room B110. The town hall meeting will run from 10 a.m. to noon. Christensen will be in attendance at the St. Croix site. Other invited guests will be announced later.
The event is part of a National Day of Prescription Drug Town Hall Meetings being held across the country by Democratic members of Congress, who are calling attention to the differences between the Republican and Democratic proposals and the pros and cons of each one.
Christensen, who was a family physician before becoming Delegate to Congress, said she has had first-hand experience with what seniors go through when they cannot afford to fill their prescriptions.
"Many seniors struggle to afford the medicines they need to have a comfortable life," she said. "It is time that we end the squeeze on our seniors' meager incomes and seize the opportunity to fix this problem."
She said, "Democrats are fighting for a prescription drug plan that is voluntary, guaranteed, available to all and provided as part of the Medicare program. It is important for people to understand that other plans will leave a gap in coverage. "
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