Prescription Drug- Update
MTA Digest, Vol 197, Issue 1 (Michael Houdek)
11/01/18, Michael Houdek on the MTA Listserve writes that he talked to future Maryland State Delegate Wayne Hartman in District 38-C and asked him if he will have our backs on the drug plan. He responded that he was aware that State Retirees were going to get the shaft and that his father would have been a victim also. Hartman said that we worked for fewer wages but were given good benefits, and it was not right to suspend them. Delegate Hartman said that he will vote to reinstate the drug benefit.
MTA Digest, Vol 195, Issue 13 (Rick Norman)
10/18/18, Rick Norman wrote the following to an MTA member James Laisure. Many of the Legislators voted for the bill in 2011. Many of them probably did not understand the impact it would have on retirees, believing the closing of the “donut hole” would make Medicare Part D a reasonable solution. Most likely they were only interested in the savings to the State Of Maryland. The passage of the Budget bill last year moving up the time-frame to January put this measure on everyone’s radar. I believe many delegates who voted for the measure are now questioning their decision. Instead of asking on the list serve a rhetorical question of why Senator Klausmeier voted for the bill in 2011; the better question is how can you help her move this legislation forward in the upcoming session.
The above response from Rick Norman was in response to James Laisure’s question posted on the Listserve the same day.
If Senator Klausmeyer is so adamant about pushing forward a bill to fix this atrocity, why did she vote to pass it in 2011?
James E. Laisure
President – F.O.P. Lodge 76