What You Need to Know About the New Medicare Cards

Background – New Medicare Cards Are Coming Soon The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare has long advocated for the removal of Social Security Numbers (SSNs) from Medicare cards. Thankfully, legislation calling for this change was enacted in 2015 and is now scheduled to be implemented starting this spring. The current Medicare card[…]

Bipartisan Budget Bill a Pretty Good Deal for Seniors

Bipartisan Budget Bill a Pretty Good Deal for Seniors The bipartisan budget bill passed by Congress early this morning is, on balance, good news for seniors and the federal programs that provide them with financial and health security. “Seniors will feel these changes in their pocketbooks and even in the way they feel physically,” says[…]

President Trump and the State of Prescription Drug Prices: More Talk, No Action?

Some of President Trump’s pronouncements in last night’s State of the Union address were outright falsehoods. Others were simply misleading. Some, like his pledge to lower prescription drug prices, were likely hollow promises. Here is what he told assembled lawmakers and television viewers around the country: “One of my greatest priorities is to reduce the[…]

Medicare Therapy Caps: It’s Time for a Permanent Repeal

Many of us have loved ones who’ve heard those dreaded words “Medicare won’t approve any more physical therapy (or occupational therapy or speech therapy) for you this year” – or have been told the same thing ourselves. Whether recovering from a stroke, heart attack, serious fall or myriad other conditions, few things are more frustrating[…]

Outrage Crucial as Trump-GOP Tax Scam Gets Dangerously Close to Passing the Senate

When President Trump and Congressional Republicans tried to repeal Obamacare earlier this year, the gross unfairness of taking healthcare away from 20-30 million Americans sparked outrage across the country. Members of Congress got an angry earful from constituents every time they went back home. Speaker Paul Ryan’s office got so many calls they had to[…]

Trump/GOP Tax Bill Would Trigger Devastating Cut to Medicare

In the latest in a series of “oops” moments for the GOP, Congressional leaders apparently didn’t realize that their deficit-swelling tax scheme would trigger $136 billion in automatic cuts to mandatory spending programs. This includes a $25 billion reduction in Medicare spending, which would take effect almost immediately after passage of the tax bill. Needless[…]

GOP Budget Resolution a “Lump of Coal” for Seniors, Middle Class

While the media have been largely consumed by the latest outrages from the White House, Republicans in Congress have been quietly working to radically redesign our tax code and cut trillions in spending that benefits ordinary Americans, including and especially seniors. With little fanfare, the Senate voted 51-49 last week to pass a cynical budget[…]

Rep. Brat at His Worst: Spreading Myths about Social Security and Medicare

In a contentious interview with CNN’s Kate Bolduan this week, Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA) perpetuated some dangerous myths about Social Security and Medicare. Brat, a Tea Partier and fiscal bomb thrower, has been campaigning to cut seniors’ earned benefits since first running for Congress in 2014. The CNN interview heated up when Bolduan pressed Brat[…]