Coats Notes: New Defense Secretary

Senator Dan Coats
2015-02-20 17:15:41
A message from Senator Dan Coats <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/quorum_coats-iq/coats_ topbanner.jpg> Dear Friend, Thank you for signing up to receive my email newsletter. These newsletters will cover a variety of topics, including events happening in Indiana, legislation being considered in Congress, and my perspective on current issues. My hope is to keep you updated and informed on how issues in Washington may impact Hoosiers. I welcome your feedback. Thanks for reading, Dan Coats _____ New Defense Secretary I recently voted for Dr. Ashton Carter as our nation's 25th secretary of defense. The Senate overwhelmingly confirmed Dr. Carter, and he now takes over this demanding role at an extremely important time. Dr. Carter understands the inner workings of the Pentagon, and the White House should capitalize on his vast experience and highly-respected credentials. There are many pressing national security issues facing our country - ISIS, Iran, North Korea, Russia's aggression in Ukraine, global and domestic terrorist threats and cyber warfare - that demand our immediate attention. I have worked personally with Dr. Carter on the Iranian nuclear issue and know he has a vast wealth of knowledge that is needed and timely. In order for Dr. Carter's experience and insight to be of value, his advice must be heeded. With something as vital and complex as our national security and defense policy, I encourage the president to listen to more than a small cadre of staff inside the White House. Now that the Senate has confirmed Dr. Carter, my hope is that the new secretary will put forth a candid assessment of the serious issues we face and that the president would pay attention. _____ Opposing Medicare Advantage Cuts When seniors search for health insurance, they have the option to enroll in traditional, government-run Medicare or an alternative, private option called Medicare Advantage. Sixteen million seniors have chosen Medicare Advantage plans, and most say they like their coverage. Medicare Advantage plans offer seniors additional benefits - such as dental, vision, hearing and wellness - or require smaller co-payments or deductibles than Medicare. This week I joined a bipartisan group of 53 senators to send a letter to Marilyn Tavenner, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, urging the agency to avoid making cuts to Medicare Advantage plans. In our letter, we wrote that "regulatory policy changes that affect the program's funding, year after year, are creating disruption and confusion among beneficiaries who are looking for consistency and predictability and can damage a program that offers value for beneficiaries. We ask that you carefully consider how beneficiaries would be impacted by further cuts to the MA program." The full letter can be accessed here <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15928.18886122.5596095.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww.coats senate.gov%2fnewsroom%2fpress%2frelease%2fcoats-bipartisan-group-seek-t o-avoid-cuts-to-medicare-advantage+> . 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A message from Senator Dan Coats  

Dear Friend,

Thank you for signing up to receive my email newsletter. These newsletters will cover a variety of topics, including events happening in Indiana, legislation being considered in Congress, and my perspective on current issues. My hope is to keep you updated and informed on how issues in Washington may impact Hoosiers. I welcome your feedback.

Thanks for reading,
Dan Coats


New Defense Secretary

I recently voted for Dr. Ashton Carter as our nation’s 25th secretary of defense. The Senate overwhelmingly confirmed Dr. Carter, and he now takes over this demanding role at an extremely important time.

Dr. Carter understands the inner workings of the Pentagon, and the White House should capitalize on his vast experience and highly-respected credentials. There are many pressing national security issues facing our country — ISIS, Iran, North Korea, Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, global and domestic terrorist threats and cyber warfare — that demand our immediate attention. I have worked personally with Dr. Carter on the Iranian nuclear issue and know he has a vast wealth of knowledge that is needed and timely.

In order for Dr. Carter’s experience and insight to be of value, his advice must be heeded. With something as vital and complex as our national security and defense policy, I encourage the president to listen to more than a small cadre of staff inside the White House. Now that the Senate has confirmed Dr. Carter, my hope is that the new secretary will put forth a candid assessment of the serious issues we face and that the president would pay attention.


Opposing Medicare Advantage Cuts

When seniors search for health insurance, they have the option to enroll in traditional, government-run Medicare or an alternative, private option called Medicare Advantage. Sixteen million seniors have chosen Medicare Advantage plans, and most say they like their coverage. Medicare Advantage plans offer seniors additional benefits – such as dental, vision, hearing and wellness – or require smaller co-payments or deductibles than Medicare.

This week I joined a bipartisan group of 53 senators to send a letter to Marilyn Tavenner, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, urging the agency to avoid making cuts to Medicare Advantage plans. In our letter, we wrote that “regulatory policy changes that affect the program's funding, year after year, are creating disruption and confusion among beneficiaries who are looking for consistency and predictability and can damage a program that offers value for beneficiaries. We ask that you carefully consider how beneficiaries would be impacted by further cuts to the MA program.” 

The full letter can be accessed

Coats in the News

Coats warns of Web threat you don't see 

Hacked off, and fighting back, at hackers

Coats Statement on President’s Economic Report

Senator Coats sending staff member to Linton

Coats: Do Not Diminish Our Counterterrorism Capabilities


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