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    Wednesday, May 17, 2006

    Senate Defeats S. 1955 - Your Grassroots Support Made a Difference - Prevent Blindness America 

    Dear Vision Advocate,

    In case you were wondering whether you can make a difference in Washington, let us assure you that you can! Thanks to your countless emails, phone calls, letters and faxes, the Senate soundly defeated S. 1955, the Health Insurance Marketplace Modernization and Affordability Act. Your message -- that patient protections come first -- was heard loud and clear on Capitol Hill.

    As reported earlier, S. 1955 would have seriously undermined important patient protections at the state level, such as mandatory coverage of eye exams, eye glasses, and other vision services.

    In order to move the bill forward, the Senate would have had to invoke "cloture," a parliamentary procedure that cuts off debate and allow the bill to move to a vote. If a bill doesn’t get 60 votes, it can’t proceed. Because S. 1955 didn’t get 60 votes, the bill is effectively dead.

    All of this "Inside the Beltway" speak is our way of saying THANK YOU! Were it not for PBA's advocates telling their Senators to oppose this bill, we might have lost this important vote.

    To learn how your Senator voted, click here.

    If they voted "Nay," send them a follow-up email, thanking them for standing up for patient's rights. To send a follow-up email, type in your Zip code in the "Contact Congress" button at right and click "GO!" On our Action Alert page, click the "e-mail" link below your Senator's names.

    Please know that your actions made the difference. Keep up the good work!

    Hugh R. Parry
    President and CEO
    Prevent Blindness America

    About Prevent Blindness America
    Founded in 1908, Prevent Blindness America is the nation's leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight. Focused on promoting a continuum of vision care, Prevent Blindness America touches the lives of millions of people each year through public and professional education, advocacy, community and patient service programs and research. These services are made possible through the generous support of the American public. Together with a network of affiliates, divisions and chapters, Prevent Blindness America is committed to eliminating preventable blindness in the United States. For more information, or to make a contribution to the sight-saving fund, call 1-800-331-2020.

    Copyright © 2006 Prevent Blindness America ®

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