December 6, 2022

RMEF Celebrates 33rd Anniversary

Press Release from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is commemorating 33 years of carrying out its conservation mission to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage.

“We are deeply indebted to and grateful for men and women who had the foresight, energy and perseverance to establish this organization for the benefit of elk and elk country,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “They sacrificed much for a big game mammal that today is the thriving majestic symbol of our nation’s wild country.”

Founded on May 14, 1984, by four elk hunters in northwest Montana, RMEF began operations in a modest trailer in the middle of a field. At that time, there were approximately 550,000 elk in North America. Today, there are more than one million elk from coast-to-coast.

As of December 31, 12016, RMEF and its partners carried out 10,469 conservation and hunting heritage outreach projects that conserved or enhanced 7,111,358 acres. It also opened or secured access to 1,105,667 acres. Additionally, RMEF assisted with successful elk reintroductions in seven states and one Canadian province.

RMEF now has more than 222,000 thousand members and more than 500 chapters across the United States.

“We appreciate our volunteers, members and partners as well as sportsmen and women who support the RMEF. It is because of them that we are able to accelerate our mission across elk country,” added Allen.


RMEF Celebrates 32nd Birthday

Press Release from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

MISSOULA, Mont.—Founded on May 14, 1984, by four elk hunters in northwest Montana, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is now celebrating 32 years of carrying out its conservation mission of ensuring the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage.

“We are grateful for our founders, our dedicated volunteers and members, our conservation partners, and the sportsmen and women who have supported our mission these many years,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “We remain steadfastly committed to RMEF’s core programs of land protection, habitat stewardship, elk restoration and hunting heritage.”

To date, RMEF and its partners completed nearly 10,000 conservation and hunting heritage projects that protected or enhanced more than 6.8 million acres of habitat and opened or secured public access to more than 852,000 acres.

2015 marked RMEF’s seventh consecutive year of record membership growth. As of December 31, 2015, RMEF has 219,750 members and 11,000 volunteers who offer their time, talents and passion while working among more than 500 chapters across 49 states.

Since 1984, the elk population across North America more than doubled from 550,000 to greater than a million. That includes successful RMEF-supported elk restorations in Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Wisconsin and Ontario, Canada. RMEF is also standing by to assist with ongoing elk restoration efforts in West Virginia.

“We have had some real successes and we’re thankful for that but we also recognize the tremendous challenges that lie ahead. We will continually raise our voice and advocate for issues that affect elk, elk country and the hunting community,” said Allen.

Those issues and concerns include the need for forest reform, public access, predator management and public land management as well as a multitude of legislative proposals in state government and the halls of Congress.

“It is incumbent upon each of us who care about our wildlife and our wild landscapes to get educated and involved with what’s happening around us. We must do so to maintain our privilege to hunt which also provides the lion’s share of funding for conservation efforts in North America,” added Allen.


July 30 Marks the 50th Anniversary of Medicare

Press Release from National Center for Public Policy Research:

Unfortunately for All Too Many, the Program Fails to Live up to Its Promise

Medicare Often Denies The “Healing Miracle of Modern Medicine” to Seniors

Medicare Constantly Interferes in the Doctor-Patient Relationship

Washington, DC – “A week from today, Medicare will mark its 50th anniversary,” says Dr. David Hogberg, senior fellow and health care policy analyst at the National Center for Public Policy Research. “Unfortunately, a historical analysis of what was intended half a century ago and what we now have show Medicare falls way short of expectations. In fact, there’s no reason to sugar coat what is the largest US Government health care program we have in place today. Medicare is a sick program that often fails to meet its promises…not only to patients, but to the healers as well.”

To demonstrate his point, Dr. Hogberg has compiled many heart-wrenching stories of Medicare patients who have suffered because of Medicare’s policies in both his new book, “Medicare’s Victims: How the U.S. Government’s Largest Health Care Program Harms Patients and Impairs Physicians,” and the recent cover story in the Washington Examiner, “Medicare’s Midlife Crisis: Catastrophic Finances Pit Doctors against Patients.”

Hogberg reminds us that when President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare into law on July 30, 1965, he claimed that, “No longer will older Americans be denied the healing miracle of modern medicine.”

“Regrettably, Medicare falls far short of living up to that promise,” says Dr. Hogberg. “As just one example, consider Frank Alfisi, who I profile in my book. He suffered from kidney failure and was unable to get dialysis in a timely fashion because of Medicare’s rules regarding hospital admissions. Because of these delays, he ultimately ended up in a wheelchair, needing portable oxygen, and lost much of his sight as a result. He died in the hospital about two months later.”

When Medicare became law in 1965, Hogberg reports, the first part of the legislation was titled, “Prohibition Against Any Federal Interference.” It states, “Nothing in this title shall be construed to authorize any Federal office or employee to exercise any supervision or control over the practice of medicine,” a very clear and explicit promise that Medicare would not interfere with the doctor-patient relationship.

“That’s a sad joke,” says Dr. Hogberg. “In doing my research, it didn’t take too long before doctors started complaining about how Medicare interferes with how they treat their patients.”

In his Examiner article , Hogberg demonstrated this point by referencing an interview he did with Dr. Eric Novack, an orthopedic surgeon who lamented about how Medicare treated one of his elderly patients. She had come to him for a broken ankle and needed rehab in a skilled nursing facility because she was frail and lived alone. Her surgery was fairly simple, but rather than allowing her to go directly to the nursing facility, Medicare rules required her to stay in the hospital for three days. If she refused, Medicare would force her to foot the bill herself. “This only added to her health risks,” Dr. Novack stated. “I like to tell patients that hospitals are full of sick people, and if you don’t have to be around them, you shouldn’t be. The longer you are in the hospital, the more likely you are to have other issues.”

“The Medicare system that we have in place today was not what President Johnson had envisioned. It’s a sick program and one that needs to be seriously revamped,” Dr. Hogberg laments.

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