The first thing I need to mention is our District 1 and 4 joint meeting May 5 at Ararat Shrine Temple Restaurant, 5100 Ararat Drive, Kansas City, Missouri. Hownikan editor Jennifer Bell is our guest speaker. This is a large meeting room with ample parking and excellent lunch facilities. Complementary lunch will be served.
I hope to see a lot of District 1 and 4 members there. As always, we will honor our wisest, youngest and farthest traveling members. The shrine is in near Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Chiefs and Royals, and accessible from all directions.
I have mentioned our CPN website, potawatomi.org, in previous articles, and it is important enough to mention again. It offers a wealth of information about our great Nation and its benefits and services. For instance, rising drug costs can be a major hurdle to affordable health care options for Americans. CPN tribal government leaders, health services and office of self-governance developed a program offering some assistance in the face of these rising costs. Rising drug costs impact elders on fixed incomes and retired or unable to work. This includes CPN members age 63 and older and members on Social Security Disability Insurance.
The Tribal Elders Mail Order Pharmacy Program alleviates some of these costly burdens. It pays for certain medications at no cost to the patients and is available to beneficiaries residing in all 50 states, several foreign countries and U.S. protectorates. In 2015, the program served 924 CPN patients and issued more than 20,000 prescriptions. The cost of these services totaled more than $913,000.
Take it from this old guy: It is a great benefit that will probably extend my life as I am getting medications I might not otherwise be able to afford.
Thank you for allowing me the privilege of serving as your representative.