Weekly Update from Rep. Denham - November 9, 2012
As our country headed to the polls on Tuesday, I was reminded of how privileged we are to live in a country where we can express ourselves so freely and without fear. It’s our right as Americans make our voices heard, and I hope you exercised your freedom to vote this Election Day; and most especially, thank you to the men and women who continue to defend our freedom. It is an honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to serve the Tenth District of California in the U.S. Congress for the next two years. I will continue to push forward legislation to get our nation back on track fiscally, help small businesses create jobs, and make sure our military and educational system do not face drastic cuts due to sequestration.
Veterans Day is this Sunday, and it is especially poignant this year as Veterans Day follows one of the greatest events in our republic—the democratic process that allows every adult citizen to cast their vote for our leaders. This Veterans Day, I encourage all Americans across the nation to take the time to thank a veteran for their sacrifice, and also take a moment to remember our fallen service members and the extraordinary sacrifice they have made for our great country. Look out for an op-ed I wrote in The Hill newspaper celebrating our nation’s veterans on this momentous holiday. I will be sure to circulate the opinion piece as soon as it is available online. You can also view my video remarks honoring our veterans online here.
Last Sunday evening, I had the pleasure of recognizing three young men with Congressional certificates of congratulations for their achieving the Eagle Scout ranking. This is an honorable achievement, and I have great respect for these community leaders and their families for being dedicated to faith, family and service. The ceremony brought back the words I used to say as a Boy Scout -- words I still try to live by today as a Member of Congress: "On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.”
I was also humbled to be recognized by the Association of the United States Navy as “Legislator of the Year” for my efforts on behalf of America’s veterans. I am proud to have worked with my colleagues in the House and Senate on both sides of the aisle to uphold our commitment to our veterans and ensure a seamless transition to civilian life. Congratulations to my staff member, Christopher Del Becarro, who was also recognized for his pivotal role in coordinating and helping me get significant legislation signed into law as a freshman Member of Congress. It is truly rewarding to have such a hardworking team here in Washington, D.C. and in California who care so much about helping our veterans and are so dedicated to helping our nation honor our heroes.
Also, an important note to seniors currently enrolled in Medicare: Please be aware of a scam that has been affecting Medicare beneficiaries nationwide. Numerous Medicare beneficiaries have received calls from someone posing as a representative from Medicare asking the beneficiary to verify their banking information in order to be issued a new Medicare card. Please review the following guidelines to keep your information private and safe, and pass this information along to your friends and family members who may be susceptible to Medicare fraud. You can also find more information about Medicare Open Enrollment (October 15th- December 7th) on my website at http://Denham.House.gov/Seniors/.
· Social Security and Medicare (CMS) employees would NEVER call people to ask for banking or credit card information or for their SSN or Medicare number – for any reason – in an unsolicited (blind) call.
· Medicare cards do not cost anything – they are free. Social Security sends out a Medicare card when a person first becomes eligible for Medicare. The other reasons a person might be issued a new Medicare card include the following: a change in Part A or B eligibility; a legal name change; or a lost card.
· “Needing bank information to send out a new Medicare card” is just one of the many scams used to try to get a beneficiary’s financial and/or personal identifying information.
Where to Report Suspected Fraud:
· Suspected fraud can also be reported to the Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP), which works locally to empower seniors to fight health care fraud and resolve errors. The telephone number for the SMPs in California is: 714-560-0309, or toll free: 1-855-613-7080
As the House of Representatives gathers to vote next week, we will be considering some weighty legislative proposals including reducing trade barriers and working to avert automatic cuts that will disproportionally affect the Department of Defense and education beginning in 2013. Additionally, I will work with my colleagues to keep taxes from increasing for your family. Finally, I will be listening to the needs of small businesses and farmers in the District to ensure that any future Farm Bill proposals do not undercut their ability to create jobs and put the Central Valley back to work.
I look forward to heading back to Washington next week to work on significant issues such as water, housing, job creation and lowering taxes. Please continue to let me know your thoughts and concerns about issues facing our community, and also feel free to forward my weekly newsletter to your friends, family and neighbors. You may also visit my website, Facebook, and Twitter.