Congressman Adam Smith (D-09, Tacoma) will spend July 1st talking with Seniors about problems with the Medicare program and describing some of his proposals to begin to address them.  Some topics that Smith is likely to discuss during the day include the current decline in access to doctors, hospitals, nurses and home health care for seniors on Medicare in Washington state; rising prescription drug costs and lack of generics in the marketplace; and his “MediFAIR” bill, calling for fairness in national Medicare reimbursement rates.  The following is the schedule of events for the day:  

Members of the media are invited and encouraged to attend these meetings.  For further information or to speak with Smith during the day, please contact Katharine Lister at (202) 226-8454.

9:30a.m. – 10:00a.m. 
Congressman Adam Smith meets with members of WA Citizen Action from the Ninth District to talk about Medicare and the cost of prescription drugs.

Where: Kent Senior Center 
600 East Smith Street, Kent

10:00a.m. - 11:15a.m. 
Congressman Adam Smith will convene the quarterly meeting of his Senior Advisory Board to discuss their concerns about current legislation in Congress, the state of health care in Washington and what steps should be taken to ensure that seniors are treated fairly and with respect.
Where: Kent Senior Center, The Dry Crafts Room 
600 East Smith Street, Kent

12:00 noon - 1:00p.m. 
Congressman Adam Smith will visit with the Des Moines Senior Center to answer their questions and listen to their concerns about legislation in Congress – topics will most likely range from the war on terrorism to transportation in the state.

Where: Des Moines Masonic Lodge 
corner of 24th Ave South and 223rd Street, Des Moines