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Retired Nurse Returns to D.C. As Health Care Advocate

July 28, 2009

PADUCAH, Ky. - With the President's health care reform proposal still before Congress as lawmakers are concerned about the cost, some AARP members aren't waiting, among them Kentuckian Melba Ray.

It was 1959 and Dwight D. Eisenhower was President when Ray last visited the national Capitol. This week, she will return to Washington as an AARP volunteer advocate for health care reform. A retired nurse and educator, she hopes to make the case before lawmakers there for reforming health insurance and closing Medicare's prescription drug benefit gap.

Ray will post reports on Facebook and the AARP online community pages when she meets with legislators about changes in health care she thinks are important.

"The cost of insurance, the cost of doctor bills, the cost of medicine, everything; it needs a complete revision."

Ray was selected from hundreds of applicants to be an AARP/em> volunteer advocate.

She will be blogging and posting photos throughout her visit. Ray hopes to meet with members of Kentucky's congressional delegation and advocate for people who can't afford proper health care.

"We want them to continue to improve programs that help low-income Americans in Medicare afford the health care and prescription drugs that they need. The area of prescriptions is one area I've got personal experience in. I know how hard it is to pay for those pills."

Ray adds that she knows things are going to get worse unless Congress and the President find common-sense solutions.

Bill Goodman, Public News Service - KY