Drug discount program not working

While often not at the forefront of policy discussions, the 340B drug discount program affects many vulnerable patients and ultimately all Americans. Created in 1992 to help vulnerable or uninsured patients afford valuable medications by providing certain hospitals and safety net clinics with discounted medicine, the 340B program is no longer functioning as intended.

As intended, the 340B drug discount program should create better health outcomes for needy and vulnerable patients by subsidizing the cost of medicines for the entities providing care to these populations.

As a pharmacist and owner of a pharmacy myself, I see each day patients coming through my doors who can’t afford the prescriptions they need to live a healthy and full life. Those are patients the 340B program could really help. Unfortunately, due to the lack accountability and transparency of this program, those who were never intended to benefit from this program are utilizing it, while many who could be served well by it, are forced to break their bank in order to get the treatment they need.

It’s time to get the 340B program back on track. To truly help the neediest patients, we need to root out abuses within the 340B program and work with Congress and the Administration to modernize the program for sustainability.

Let’s get this program back to its original mission: helping the neediest patients access the care they need.

— Steve Davisson


Thank you support in battle with cancer

This letter is being sent to thank the Tribune-Star newspaper for everything that was done during the most recent breast cancer awareness program. First, I’d like to thank Austen Leake, Joe Garza and David Hughes for the tremendous job they did. Also, I would like to thank everyone who has helped me in this battle against breast cancer: my family, (daughters) Missy Devereaux and Shelly Rigsby-Stuthers, and their (husbands) Dane Devereaux and Jerry Stuthers, (grandkids) Randy Rigsby (Heather), Samantha Moon (Joey), and Nash Devereaux. My (significant other) Eric O’Brien, (my friends) Anna Clark, Lise O’Neal, Crystal Reynolds, Brenda Starkey, Kyle Andrews, and everyone at Calvary Temple Church and my doctors and nurses. There are so many more that I have been fortunate to have had their prayers and that they have shown their support, also anyone I have forgotten due to chemo-brain. Without them, this would have been much more difficult.

Again, thank you Tribune-Star newspaper for a job well-done. I appreciate how the reporters and photographers were wonderful, caring, professional and empathetic to me.

— Dottie Rigsby

Terre Haute

Focusing blame on Democrats

We are not even a year past the last election and already the “dark money” has returned to Indiana airwaves in an attempt to influence the next election’s outcome in 2018. 

You have noticed, undoubtedly, the television ads urging us to urge Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly to support Trump’s plan for tax cuts. The point, of course, is not only to gin up support for a tax proposal that will disproportionately increase the incomes of the rich and very rich, while only modestly (if at all) helping middle class tax payers. It is also to focus blame on Democrats, if that effort fails. 

Even if the Trump tax cuts pass into legislation, down the road the Republicans will need a very large Congressional majority to deal with the fiscal fallout. (Only a fool believes that the tax cuts will pay for themselves.) No, once the national debt ratio begins to balloon again, there will be a renewed call for “entitlement reform.” Then the effort to reduce spending won’t be limited to Medicaid. Social Security benefits and Medicare will also be in the GOP cross hairs.

— Donald Richards

Terre Haute Spartan Race a success

On Oct. 4, 2017, Sugar Creek Consolidated hosted the Spartan Race for VCSC students in grades K-8. There was a running course which included obstacles for the students to climb and “suds slide” at the end of the course. Over 300 students participated and over 400 spectators came to watch their children participate. It was a wonderful evening and the kids had a great time as well as having physical exercise of course. 

An event like this does not happen without many volunteers. Kari Beattie, a teacher at Sugar Creek, did an awesome job chairing the race, coordinating the volunteers, set-ups, etc. We would like to thank Mr. Ryan Easton, the principal at West Vigo High School, for letting us utilize the facility during fall sports practice time and a special thanks to his custodial crew who assisted in loading and unloading the materials for the obstacle course, moved the materials to their storage shed and for providing their assistance during the event as needed.

As always many of the Consolidated parents volunteered to help build and set up the course, to serve refreshments and numerous Consolidated staff also assisted in setting up the course, worked registration, supervised students, took pictures at the event and just came to cheer on the racers.

We were fortunate to have numerous businesses who provided building materials, loaned balloons, provided refreshments, brought straw, printed T-shirts, and gave medical support during the race. Those businesses and individuals are: Labor Link, Mark’s Mattresses, Hanning Construction, Jimmy Johns, Chic-Fil-A, Fresh Thyme, Brad Cooper, West Vigo Print Shop and Dr. Kirk Armstrong and students from the Professional Athletic Training Program at Indiana State University for providing medical assistance at the race.

Lastly, we would like to thank the West Vigo community who always support the numerous events hosted by the five Vigo County schools located in West Terre Haute vicinity. 

— Sharon Pitts,

Interim Principal

at Consolidated

West Terre Haute

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