Seniors To Present Agenda To Legislature

January 13, 1991

Hundreds of Maryland senior citizens will converge on Annapolis Jan.15 to present their 1991 agenda to Maryland state legislative and executive leaders.

The all-day rally, sponsored by United Seniors ofMaryland, will begin at 9 a.m at Maryland Hall for Creative Arts, atConstitution Avenue and Greenfield Street in Annapolis.

Registration opens at 8:30 a.m.

Health policy at both nationaland state levels -- the principle theme of the rally -- will be addressed by a series of state and federal speakers.

The United Seniors of Maryland is an umbrella coalition of 32 organizations with an aggregate membership of more than a half million senior citizens.

Its legislative agenda, representing a consensus of member organizations, calls for expanded community-based health care facilities as well as action on tax, transportation and housing issues.

U.S. Representative Benjamin Cardin, former speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates, will be the keynote speaker.

The 600 to 800 seniors expectedto attend will also hear from Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Miller Jr., House of Delegates speaker Clayton Mitchell, and Rosalie Abrams, director of the State's Office on Aging.

A panel discussion on health issues will be presented by Judy Fefer, former executive director of the Pepper Commission and currently co-director of ConsumerUnion, and John Donaho, Maryland Insurance Commissioner.

Moderator for the morning panel will be Arthur S. Flemming, who served as Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare in the administration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

This afternoon will be devoted to caucus sessions with individual county legislative delegations.

Bus transportation will be provided from the hall to the Lowe House OfficeBuilding.

Rally tickets are $7. A continental breakfast and bag lunch are included in the cost.

Tickets are available from most senior citizen organizations throughout the state.

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