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SUMMER 2007 (Vol. 13 No. 3)


Can you believe, we are already a third of the way through the summer? Let’s all enjoy the best
of the rest of it.

I am also pleased to be able to report that we continue to have a strong and loyal following and
nearly everyone renewed his or her membership for 2007 or longer. On page 2 you will see a list
of 9 new members, bringing the membership up to an all time high of 499.

In this issue you will find items about the COLA Count, the CFC Cookbook Recipe Search, the
FEHB Call Letter for next season, an Alumni member’s visit back to Maryland, and Astute
Estate Planning. As always, we provide the latest Senior Management Announcements,
including a statement from Acting Administrator Leslie V. Norwalk. We again serve up some
whimsical pieces in the Komedy Korner, including “Nursing Home Wedding,” “Seniors Are
Available,” “Old Fred,” “Beautiful,” “Senior Indignities,” “Chocolate Sings” and “Excited
About Marriage.” Another issue of the CMS internal newsletter “News You Can Use” is
included with this mailing, as is the Summer 2007 edition of the Member Directory. We hope
this issue contains many items of interest to you.

And don't forget the Summer Cookout on Friday August 17 at Walt Schauermann's home
(see details on enclosed flier). The basement is finished and air conditioned, and right off the
patio and pool, so don't be stopped by hot weather. Too far away to attend! As always, we’ll
down a cool one in your honor.

I want to wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous retirement.

William L Engelhardt
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Published four times a year for the members of the Health Care Financing Administration
/Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (HCFA/CMS) Alumni Association


William L. Engelhardt William H. Hogsten

Barbara C. Booth William A. Grant

Richard C. Faulstich
Herbert B. Shankroff
Edward Steinhouse


Albert C. Beachley
Darlene Summerfield


Fall Issue – September 28, 2007

Winter Issue – December 28, 2007

Send material to:

HCFA/CMS Alumni News

P.O. Box 47564
Baltimore, MD 21244-7564

TELEPHONE: 410-786-3918
FAX: 410-786-3898
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The Association extends a hearty "Welcome Aboard" to the following new members:

Diane Greif
Tony Hausner
Marlin R. Michaels
Joyce M. Roerink
Mary Lee Seifert
Jerry Sheinbach
Linda C. Sloan
Bernard G. Taube
Patricia Wright-Gaines

We now have 499 active members.


As promised periodically and usually delivered with the Summer issue of the HCFA/CMS
Alumni News, you will find a completely new Member Directory enclosed with this issue. It
includes up-to-date information for all currently active members. The address, telephone number
and e-mail address of the HCFA/CMS Alumni Association is all right on the picturesque cover.

We encourage members to keep us informed of changes so that we can in turn keep everyone up
to date. E-mail addresses seem to be particularly subject to change or elimination. And we are
happy to learn about new e-mail addresses as members join the wonderful world of cyberspace.
Our high tech savvy membership boasts 413 members with an e-mail address, and there may be
others that we are not aware of. If you have one and we don’t know it, please send us an e-mail
or otherwise advise us of it. We’d like to include you when we send out periodic (but infrequent
so as not to intrude) messages of interest.


As always, we acknowledge that there are many HCFA/CMS retirees that we have not been able
to reach to tell them about the Alumni Association and invite them to join. We continue to ask
for your assistance in spreading the message about us to them. If you know of any retiree that is
not a member, please let them know about us and tell them how to contact us by telephone, snail
mail or e-mail (all of that information can be found on page 2 of this issue). We will be very
happy to send, either electronically or via snail mail, anyone the enrollment form and further
information about membership. And Bill Engelhardt says you can always e-mail him personally
at for faster response (as the office e-mail is only accessed weekly).
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We’d again like to remind members that we do have a link to the Social Security Administration
Employee Activities Association (SSAEAA) on our web site. The actual URL for it is
"" but you can just click on the link on our page. HCFA/CMS retirees are
automatically members of the SSAEAA and are eligible to participate in discount purchases.


Through eight months of the current counting period used to set the January 2008 federal retiree
COLA, the count stands at 2.3 percent, following an increase of 1 percentage point in March, 0.8
percentage points in April and 0.8 percentage points in May in the inflation index used to set the
COLA. The annual COLA count measures the change in the index's average from one third
calendar quarter to the next. Through February the count had been in the negative. There are 4
months left in the counting period.


As you know, the HCFA/CMS Alumni Association contributed $1,500 towards the 2006
CMS/CFC campaign. Acting Administrator Leslie V. Norwalk, Esq. sent the following message
to CMS employees thanking them for a successful CFC drive.

“I just wanted to send a quick note to congratulate and thank you for your participation in the
Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). I am proud to report that on April 18, 2007 CMS was
presented with the President’s Award for Support of the CFC and the Department of Health and
Human Services’ Superlative Award for Highest Participation by an Operating Division.
Seventy-nine percent of CMS employees pledged contributions to the many worthy charities in
the CFC for 2007, and I honor your generosity in serving others.”


William and Deborah Kidd have worked hard on the Cookbook for the Combined Federal
Campaign (CFC) every year and are again asking for our help to create a wonderful cookbook
this year.

Alumni members are invited (and encouraged) to contribute a recipe. If you have any questions,
please contact William Kidd at 410-786-8609 or e-mail at or
Deborah Kidd at 410-786-7204 or e-mail at Recipes can be
submitted to

Compiling recipes for the 2007 CMS/CFC Cookbook has just started. The cookbook project
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helps make the lives of the less fortunate brighter through the Combined Federal Campaign.
“Caring Means Sharing – Help the World Forward!” is the CMS/CFC campaign theme this year
and you can certainly help make a difference by caring and sharing. Just by contributing one or
more recipes to the 2007 CMS/CFC Cookbook project and purchasing a copy, every one of us
gains a twofold return: new recipes to enjoy and a contribution to charity. Your support will
make this project successful, so why not take time to send a recipe?

Categories for the 2007 cookbook are the same as last year’s edition. Categories include the

Appetizers & Beverages

Breads & Rolls
Cakes & Cookies
Main Dishes & Casseroles
Meat, Poultry & Seafood
Outdoor Grilling
Pies, Pastries & Desserts
Soups, Salads & Vegetables

To simplify the compilation process, you are encouraged to provide the following information in
Microsoft Word (but if unable to do so, text in an e-mail note or another word processing
program will be acceptable):

1. Name
2. Location (Hometown & State)
3. E-mail address (in case you need to be contacted about your recipe. Your e-mail address will
not appear in the cookbook)
4. Title of recipe
5. Ingredients needed
6. Preparation instructions
7. Contributor’s comments (Original comments are desired to fill a column. You could persuade
readers to try your recipe, give a funny story about it, relate its history, state why it is healthy, or
include whatever you would like to say as long as appropriately presented)

An example of a submitted recipe, with comments, appears below (to help you get started).
Don't worry about the formatting.

Please e-mail your recipe(s) to or snail mail them to William Kidd
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; 7500 Security Blvd; Mail Stop S1-01-26; Baltimore,
MD 21244-1850; or Deborah Kidd at Mail Stop C3-24-07 before the cut-off date of August 31,
2007 at 5 p.m. The sooner you send your recipe(s) the easier planning will get, without a
backlog at the end. Again, if you have any questions, please contact William Kidd at 410-786-
8609 or e-mail at, or Deborah Kidd at 410-786-7204 or e-mail at
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Marinated Grilled Shrimp

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/3 cup olive oil
¼ cup tomato sauce
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil skewers
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 pounds fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined

In a large bowl, stir together the garlic, olive oil, tomato sauce, and red wine vinegar.
Season with basil, salt, and cayenne pepper. Add shrimp to the bowl, and stir until evenly
coated. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour, stirring once or twice.
Preheat grill for medium heat. Thread shrimp onto skewers, piercing once near the tail and
once near the head. Discard marinade.
Lightly oil grill grate. Cool shrimp on preheated grill for 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until

This is a very simple and easy marinade for shrimp.

Submitted by Joanna Kelly, Central Office

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By Gertrude Armstrong & Marian Fiasca

Gertrude Armstrong, Marian Fiasca & Janet Harryman

Gertrude Armstrong, Marian Fiasca, and Janet Harryman enjoyed getting together recently for
lunch at the Bowman Restaurant in Parkville, Maryland. A great time was had by all and the
group enjoyed bringing each other up to date on what they have been doing. The reason for the
occasion was that Marian was in town, all the way from Claremont, CA, for a Regional
American Guild of Organists (AGO) convention, which she proudly affirms is her second career.

In fact, Marian said, “I have belonged to the AGO since my twenties. We are mainly
professionals, teachers, performers, church musicians. I belong to the latter group. I still go on
tours where I must perform, but not this year. I've been all over Western Europe and Great
Britain and have played dozens of organs. Currently I'm doing "Interim" work in my corner of
the world, have as one of my clients a church with a four-manual Casavant organ.”


OPM has issued its annual "call letter," in which it outlines the coverage features it wants in the
FEHB program the following year. As in past recent years, OPM did not mandate major changes
in benefits but rather used the call letter to encourage health carriers to: offer alternative forms of
coverage, such as consumer-driven or high deductible health plans, in the name of giving
enrollees wider choice; improve the information available on cost and quality of care; and
promote the use of improved health information technology. The letter is the start of a months-
long negotiation process that results in the announcement each autumn of new premium rates and
coverage terms for the succeeding calendar year. Premium increases have been easing in recent
years, although there are no guarantees that trend will continue for 2008 rates.
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Among the more significant elements of the call letter are: relieving HMO plans from a
requirement to offer benefits packages that generally match what they offer to private employers
in local markets, under certain conditions; encouraging proposals for increased coverage of
hearing benefits for newborns and children, including both professional services and hearing
aids; and encouraging carriers to follow industry guidelines on benefits for preventive care.

OPM also said it would not consider proposals for enhanced dental benefits and is discouraging
changes to existing dental or vision benefits, in light of the Federal Employees Dental and Vision
Insurance Program that has just launched.


FEDweek advises that astute estate planning might include:

A credit shelter trust, also known as a bypass trust. At the death of the first spouse, the trust
holds the deceased spouse's assets in trust, paying out income to the surviving spouse. However,
assets held in a properly drafted credit shelter trust are not considered to be owned by the
surviving spouse. Thus, at the survivor's death, assets in this trust can pass to the children free of
federal taxes.

A qualified terminable interest property (QTIP) trust. Assets not left to a credit shelter trust can
go into a QTIP trust, from which the surviving spouse can draw income. No federal estate tax
will be due on assets placed in a QTIP trust until the surviving spouse dies. At the survivor's
death, trust assets will pass to the heirs named by the QTIP creator so this type of trust is often
used by people in second or third marriages who want to specify that assets will pass to their own
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Pat retired about 15 years ago as a program analyst in the front office of the Bureau of Policy
Development, after a federal career of 29 years. Thomas G. Haskins, Pat's son, would like us to
share the following message about Pat (this information is as of July 7 and was transmitted to the
413 Alumni members who are Internet connected via e-mail).

“After retiring from HCFA, Pat became involved with the Baltimore chapter of SCORE. She
continued gardening, exercising with NordicTrack and dumbbells, and dancing.

Pat was diagnosed with dementia in 2003. Her son Tom moved her closer to him in Northern
Virginia (Fairfax) at that time. She resided at an Alzheimer’s Assisted living facility, and did
well there until she fell one day in the winter of 2005. She currently resides in an assisted living
home in McLean, VA.

Her health has taken a significant downturn, and she is receiving hospice car at the assisted
living home. Funeral prearrangements have been made and viewings and the funeral service will
be at Ruck Funeral Home, 1050 York Rd (York Rd. and Beltway), Towson, MD 21204 (phone
410-823-1700), when the time comes. A notice will be published in the Baltimore Sun at that


Statement by Acting CMS Administrator Leslie V. Norwalk

May 3, 2007

For the past six years, I have been privileged to work with you in a variety of positions here at
the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, including Deputy Administrator and most
recently Acting Administrator. It has been a remarkable experience. While the challenges have
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been many, so too have been the rewards.

Our biggest challenge was to bring the promise of modern medicine to our Medicare
beneficiaries in the form of prescription drug coverage. We initially began with an interim
program through the Medicare prescription drug discount card until we were able to implement
the most far reaching benefit in Medicare in 40 years. Thanks to an exhaustive effort from staff
and our numerous partners, I am proud that today, as a result of these efforts, more than 90
percent of seniors have access to prescription drug coverage; they are saving money; they are
happy with the benefit; and most importantly, they are getting the medicines they need to
improve their health.

We have initiated some meaningful changes in the original Medicare fee for service program,
moving forward on a much needed value-based purchasing program that has brought about
important payment refinements, pay for performance and greater transparency of quality and
pricing information. Furthermore, we initiated several important program improvements,
including advancing the new Medicare Administration Contractors, providing coverage with
evidence development, upgrading our information systems, ensuring the safety of medical
facilities, combating fraud and reducing the fee for service error rate – just to name a few.

We have also made significant efforts towards modernizing Medicaid. We’ve taken important
steps to rebalance this vital program and the most recent examples are our successes in
implementing the Money Follows the Person demonstrations and assisting States with their
Long-Term Care Partnerships. Your work has allowed States to provide more flexible benefits
and incentives tailored to individuals. Because of your leadership and effective partnerships,
Medicaid can focus more on meeting the needs of the people we serve. You’ve not only laid the
groundwork but set the standard for establishing a new era in Medicaid.

All of these accomplishments, among many others, are transforming and modernizing the health
care system for the 21st Century. Not only is CMS becoming a more active purchaser of health
care, it is also taking its proper role as a public health agency. The successful implementation of
the new prescription drug benefit and the many other reforms to Medicare and Medicaid are
significant steps towards fundamental improvements in our health care system, none of which
could have been achieved without the incredible staff at CMS.

To continue this important work, I believe the next Administrator must be committed to stay for
the remainder of the Administration. It was not easy, but I decided early in the search process
that I could not commit to staying for another two years. While working at CMS has been a
wonderful experience, I am ready for the next phase in my life and am hopeful it will be as
rewarding as the last six years have been. Consequently, when the search for a new CMS
Administrator began, I indicated to Secretary Leavitt I did not want to be included in the
process. However, I promised to stay on once a new Administrator was named and through a
transition period. Today, President Bush nominated Kerry Weems to serve as the
Administrator. Kerry currently serves as the Deputy Chief of Staff to Secretary Leavitt, and has
a long and distinguished history at HHS. I know that Kerry is looking forward to working with
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all of you and will be counting on your continued tireless support and service to our

I am grateful to President Bush and Secretaries Leavitt and Thompson for the confidence they
placed in me and for the opportunity to advance the health care of seniors, disabled persons and
low-income Americans. Most importantly, I will forever be appreciative of the opportunity to
work with the most intelligent, dedicated and simply phenomenal employees in all of the federal
government. I am very proud of what we have accomplished together as we have moved to
transform Medicare and Medicaid and improve public health. This has been a very exciting and
gratifying experience, and I will always remain dedicated to our mission and to the extraordinary
people with whom I have worked at CMS. Thank you for being a colleague and a friend.

Carol Kelly, Director of the Office of Policy (OP), left CMS on May 28 to join the Office of the
Secretary. In her new role as Senior Executive Advisor, she will head the Department's outreach
program for the Secretary's major initiatives. Carol will be part of the Intergovernmental Office,
working with the Regional Directors to extend the outreach efforts from Washington and out
across the country.

Karen Milgate, previously the Acting Deputy in OP, has been named the Director of OP. With
over 17 years of health policy experience, Karen previously held the position of Research
Director at MedPAC where she led their efforts for measuring and improving quality for
Medicare beneficiaries. For six years, Karen served as a senior staff member on the AHA's
outstanding policy team, focused on topics such as hospital quality, privacy, conditions of
participation, and managed care regulation, to mention a few of her issue areas. She also worked
as the Deputy Executive Vice President for the American Health Quality Association.

David Frank has been selected for the SES position of Director, Medicaid Integrity Group in the
Center for Medicaid and State Operations. David has over 21 years as a state and federal
prosecutor. For the past 15 years, he has served as a prosecutor with the United States
Department of Justice, and 7 of those years have been devoted exclusively to health care fraud
activities. During the last 7 years, David was a Supervisory Assistant U. S. Attorney for the
United States Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Florida, prosecuting and coordinating all
aspects of complex Medicaid and Medicare fraud cases in the Miami and South Florida region.
He has extensive experience working with the HHS Office of Inspector General, the FBI, the
Florida Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, and the Florida Agency for Health
Care Administration to develop, investigate, and prosecute all types of health care fraud
activities. David holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and a J. D. from the
University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

Kim Kleine has been appointed to the position of Deputy Director of the Office of External
Affairs. During a former tenure at HHS, she served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public
Affairs. She also served as Deputy Director for Public Affairs at the Department of Education.
Kim also has extensive experience in the private sector. As the Director for a Washington, D.C.
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Media Practice, she managed strategic communications and supervised publicity and media
relations activities for several clients, including a large management and technology consulting
organization, a leading pharmaceutical and health products company, as well as for a
biopharmaceutical company developing immune system science. In previous positions, Kim
served as Vice President Account Supervisor, Public Affairs Practice for Ketchum;
Producer, CNN Financial News, and Off-Air Correspondent for CNN Political Unit; and
Production Assistant, Investigative Unit, Prime Time Live for ABC News. She earned a
Bachelor of Arts degree from Bucknell University.

Charlene Frizzera has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer (COO). Since January,
Charlene had been serving in an acting capacity to manage operations in the Central Office and
Regions. Charlene's experience, first as the Deputy COO, and then the Acting COO, will serve
her well in this permanent role. Charlene will continue to help coordinate work across CMS
offices and the Regions, as well as managing operational work related to the HHS Priorities
where Medicare and Medicaid play such a leading role.

Michelle Snyder has rejoined CMS as Deputy Chief Operating Officer. Since leaving CMS as
the Chief Financial Officer, she has been serving as the Associate Administrator for Health
Professions at the Health Resources and Services Administration. In addition to assisting
Charlene, Michelle will focus mainly on implementing the HHS Priorities. She will serve as
operational liaison with the Department, particularly on Health Information Technology and
Value Driven Health Care.


April 30, 2007

Lorraine Doo, from the Office of E-Health Standards and Services, was selected for the Chief
Operating Officer’s Achievement Award. Lorraine was recognized for her demonstration of
leadership, hard work and commitment to the PHR and HIPAA security guidance initiatives for

May 29, 2007

Kristine Maenner, from the Office of Information Services, was selected for the Chief Operating
Officer’s Achievement Award. Kristine was recognized for her significant achievement towards
improving the quality of Medicare Advantage & Part D systems testing and release management

June 11, 2007

Nekeisha Campbell, from the Office of Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights, was selected for the
Chief Operating Officer’s Achievement Award. Nekeisha was recognized for her
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accomplishments in planning and implementing two of the agency’s special emphasis

programs—The African American History Month Program and the Take Our Daughters and
Sons to Work Program.

June 25, 2007

Deborah Miller, from the Office of Financial Management, was selected for the Chief Operating
Officer’s Achievement Award. Deborah is being recognized for her outstanding leadership in
the collection of the erroneous $47M Part D refund of which over $31M has been recovered.

July 9, 2007

Tyritta Mosby, from the Office of the Administrator, was selected for the Chief Operating
Officer’s Achievement Award. Tyritta is being recognized for the assistance she provides to
staff in her day-to-day efforts around scheduling, organizing and supporting all the work
activities in the Office of the Chief Operating Officer.

In recognition of their accomplishments, Lorraine, Kristine and Nekeisha, Deborah and Tyritta
each earned the privilege of using a reserved parking space for two weeks. Additionally, their
pictures were posted on the CMSNet.



A rabbi was called to a Miami Beach Nursing Home to perform a wedding. An anxious old man
met him at the door. The rabbi sat down to counsel the old man and asked several questions.

"Do you love her?"

The old man replied, "I guess."

"Is she a good Jewish woman?"

"I don't know for sure," the old man answered.

"Does she have lots of money?" asked the rabbi.

"I doubt it."

"Then why are you marrying her?" the rabbi asked.

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"She can drive at night," the old man said.


We're more valuable than any of the younger generations:

We have silver in our hair.

We have gold in our teeth.
We have stones in our kidneys.
We have lead in our feet and.
We are loaded with natural gas.


Old Fred's hospital bed was surrounded by well-wishers, but it didn't look good. Suddenly, he
motioned frantically to the pastor for something to write on. The pastor lovingly handed him a
pen and a piece of paper, and Fred used his last bit of energy to scribble a note, then died. The
pastor thought it best not to look at the note right away, so he placed it in his jacket pocket. At
Fred's funeral, as the pastor was finishing his eulogy, he realized he was wearing the jacket he
was wearing when Fred died. "Fred handed me a note just before he died," he said. "I haven't
looked at it, but knowing Fred, I'm sure there's a word of inspiration in it for us all."

Opening the note, he read aloud, "Help! You're standing on my oxygen tube!"


A man was just waking up from anesthesia after surgery, and his wife was sitting by his side.
His eyes fluttered open and he said, "You're beautiful." Then he fell asleep again. His wife had
never heard him say that, so she stayed by his side.

A few minutes later, his eyes fluttered open and he said, "You're cute!"

The wife was disappointed because instead of "beautiful," it was now "cute." She said, "What
happened to 'beautiful'?"

The old man replied, "The drugs are wearing off!"


This kind of stuff has got to stop immediately in our country!

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Have you noticed that Stairs are getting steeper. Groceries are heavier. And, everything is
farther away. Yesterday I walked to the corner and I was dumbfounded to discover how long our
street had become!

And, you know, people are less considerate now, especially the young ones. They speak in
whispers all the time! If you ask them to speak up they just keep repeating themselves, endlessly
mouthing the same silent message until they're red in the face! What do they think I am, a lip

I also think they are much younger than I was at the same age. On the other hand, people my
own age are so much older than I am. I ran into an old friend the other day and she has aged so
much that she didn't even recognize me.

I got to thinking about the poor dear while I was combing my hair this morning, and in doing so,
I glanced at my own reflection. Well, REALLY NOW- even mirrors are not made the way they
used to be!

Another thing, everyone drives so fast these days! You're risking life and limb if you happen to
pull onto the freeway in front of them. All I can say is, their brakes must wear out awfully fast,
the way I see them screech and swerve in! my rear view mirror.

Clothing manufacturers are less civilized these days. Why else would they suddenly start
labeling a size 10 or 12 dress as 18 or 20? Do they think no one notices that these things no
longer fit around the waist, hips, thighs, and bosom?

The people who make bathroom scales are pulling the same prank, but in reverse. Do they think
I actually "believe" the number I see on that dial? HA! I would never let myself weigh that
much! Just who do these people think they're fooling?

I'd like to call up someone in authority to report what's going on -- but the telephone company is
in on the conspiracy too! They've printed the phone books in such small type that no one could
ever find a number in here!

All I can do is pass along this warning: We are under attack! Unless something drastic happens,
pretty soon everyone will have to suffer these awful indignities.

One day I had a date for lunch with friends. Mae, a little old "blue hair" about 80 years old,
came along with them - - All in all, a pleasant bunch. When the menus were presented, we
ordered salads, sandwiches, and soups, except for Mae who said, "Ice Cream, please. Two
scoops, chocolate."
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I wasn't sure my ears heard right, and the others were aghast. "Along with heated apple pie,"
Mae added, completely unabashed. We tried to act quite nonchalant, as if people did this all the
time. But when our orders were brought out, I didn't enjoy mine. I couldn't take my eyes off
Mae as her pie a-la-mode went down. The other ladies showed dismay. They ate their lunches
silently and frowned.
The next time I went out to eat, I called and invited Mae. I lunched on white meat tuna. She
ordered a parfait. I smiled. She asked if she amused me. I answered,
"Yes, you do, but also you confuse me. How come you order rich desserts, while I feel I must be
She laughed and said, with wanton mirth, "I taste all that's possible. I try to eat the food I need,
and do the things I should. But life's too short, my friend, I hate missing out on something good.
This year I realized how old I was. (She grinned) I haven't been this old before."
"So, before I die, I've got to try those things that for years I had ignored. I haven't smelled all the
flowers yet. There are too many books I haven't read. There are more fudge sundaes to wolf
down and kites to be flown overhead. There are many malls I haven't shopped. I've not laughed
at all the jokes. I've missed a lot of Broadway hits, potato chips and cokes."
"I want to wade again in water and feel ocean spray on my face. I want to sit in a country church
once more and thank God for His grace. I want peanut butter every day spread on my morning
toast. I want UN-timed long distance calls to the folks I love the most. I haven't cried at all the
movies yet, or walked in the morning rain. I need to feel wind in my hair. I want to fall in love
again. So, if I choose to have dessert, instead of having dinner, then should I die before night
fall, I'd say I died a winner, because I missed out on nothing. I filled my heart's desire. I had
that final chocolate mousse before my life expired."
With that, I called the waitress over. "I've changed my mind," I said. "I want what she is
having; only add some more whipped cream!"


Jacob, age 92, and Rebecca, age 89, were all excited about their decision to get married. They
went for a stroll to discuss the wedding and on the way they passed a drugstore. Jacob suggested
they go in. Jacob addressed the man behind the counter! "Are you the owner?"

The pharmacist said, "Yes."

Jacob said, "We're about to get married. Do you sell heart medication?"

Pharmacist said, "Of course we do."

Jacob said, "How about medicine for circulation?"

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Pharmacist said, "All kinds."

Jacob said, "Medicine for rheumatism, scoliosis?

Pharmacist said, "Definitely."

Jacob said, "How about Viagra?"

Pharmacist said, "Of course."

Jacob said, "Medicine for memory problems, arthritis, jaundice?"

Pharmacist said, "Yes, a large variety. The works."

Jacob said, "What about vitamins, sleeping pills, Geritol, antidotes for Parkinson's disease?"

Pharmacist said, "Absolutely."

Jacob said, "You sell wheelchairs and walkers?"

Pharmacist said, "All speeds and sizes."

Jacob said to the pharmacist, "We'd like to register here for our wedding gifts, please."
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Information obtained from the CMS Water Cooler site

Ms. Audrey Eaton suddenly passed on Thursday, April 5, 2007. Audrey worked in the Division
of Ombudsman Casework & Trends Management, Medicare Ombudsman Group, OEA. Audrey
was a long time CMS employee. Aubrey is survived by her mother, Mary Eaton, daughter,
Rhonda Eaton, a brother, and two grandsons. Audrey will be greatly missed by her co-workers,
friends and others who knew her.

By Brenda Sykes

With a sad heart, I am sharing the following information about the death of Charlie Johnson.

CHARLIE THE PROFESSIONAL -- Charlie joined HCFA in November 1980 after retiring
from the ranks of Major from the United States Army. He joined the Office of Management and
Budget as a management analyst working on MITs and FAWs (Management Analysis and
Planning Staff) and later ascending to the position of Branch Chief for Internal Controls.
Afterwards, he worked in the Bureau of Data, Management and Strategy as a Division Deputy
Director to Joe Daniloski. He later was promoted to a Division Director in the Office of
Contracts and Grants in the Office of Management, and he retired from this position.

Charlie enjoyed an outstanding career at CMS, which was acknowledged by many awards for his
contribution to the mission of the agency. He was the consummate professional. He loved
people and public speaking. He was so funny with a hilarious sense of humor. In fact, because
of his wit, he was sort after to be the master of ceremonies for numerous retirement celebrations
and other HCFA activities. He was admired by many for his talents, but more importantly, he
was respected by his peers for his commitment and dedication to public service. Charlie loved to
sing. He was a charter member of the HCFA choir under the directorship of Ms. Brenda Street.
And, his love of singing was cultivated in his very formative years as a "singer of street harmony

CHARLIE THE FAMILY MAN -- While he was committed to his work, he was even more so
committed to his family. He and his wife Carol were the proud parents of four children and four
grandchildren. He was simply devoted to them and took delight in all of their accomplishments.
Not only did he devote himself to his biological children, but he also served as a coach for many
children who desired to be the next Hank Aaron. Charlie also had an entrepreneurial spirit.
He founded Synergistics Management, Inc. which provided managerial consulting services.
He and his wife Carol successfully operated a retail store for many years. He was also driven to
successfully engage in real estate development.
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CHARLIE THE FRIEND -- Charlie never met a stranger because after the first encounter, you
belonged to him. He captured everyone's birthday and was diligent about sending you a card to
acknowledge his affection for you. He was always in the midst of fun and frivolity. Line
dancing was his passion and he kept up with the latest dances. He was present at every HCFA
Christmas Party ... reserving a table for his special guests. He was the first to suggest
celebrations for his staff and he was among the first to arrive for each festive occasion. Although
his health was declining, we attended the last HCFA/CMS Christmas party because he wanted so
much to see all of his work friends. He will be missed ... We will miss his smile ... his laughter
... his joy ... his zest for life.... Rest in peace Charlie.... We love you.... and we will remember and
honor your memory ...
The Alumni Association respectfully acknowledges

the passing of the following

Alumni/Employees/Spouses and expresses its

sympathy to family members:

JIM BEDINGER (4/17/07*

AUDREY EATON (4/5/07)* *
CHARLES A. JOHNSON, SR (4/21/07)***
HELEN C. LAZENBY (6/30/07)****
JOE ROSENBERG (6/3/07)*****
VELMA C. SEABROOKS (6/22/07)******

* Spouse of HCFA/CMS Alumni Member Marjorie Bedinger

** CMS Employee, Medicare Ombudsman Group, OEA
*** HCFA/CMS Alumni Member
**** HCFA Retiree
***** SSA Retiree (Well Known To Medicare Workers)
****** Spouse of HCFA/CMS Alumni Member Marion J. Seabrooks

If you are aware of any other deaths of Alumni please notify the editorial staff
July 2007