Special to the Journal
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Sanford Bishop (GA-02) and 63 of his colleagues sent a letter to United States Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer Patrick Donahoe urging him to protect seniors, veterans, and other patients by ensuring the continuation of 6 day delivery for prescription medicine.
“In our home districts, Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE, VA and other beneficiaries currently rely on low cost delivery of prescription drugs to their doorstep,” the letter reads. “Whether it is a homebound senior that cannot walk or drive to the pharmacy, or a veteran who lives in a rural area with limited access to the prescription drugs they need, all of these home delivery beneficiaries cannot afford to go without their medications for days…Please ensure that [USPS] properly examines all the ways in which prescription drugs are mailed through USPS, and exempt them from your new [proposed] 5-day delivery schedule.”
On Wednesday, February 6, 2013, the United States Postal Service (USPS) announced it will be cutting Saturday mail delivery beginning August 1, 2013 in order to trim costs. Congressman Bishop is opposed to the new schedule, as much of Southwest Georgia relies on timely mail delivery.
To view the letter sent to USPS Postmaster General Donohoe, please click here.
More details regarding the USPS’ proposed schedule may be found here.
Congressman Bishop’s response to the announcement may be found here.