New Alzheimer’s Funding is a Good Start, but ‘BOLDer’ Action is Needed

In the waning hours of 2018, President Trump signed into law a bipartisan bill to boost federal efforts to address the Alzheimer’s epidemic that impacts some 5.7 million Americans and their families. The BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act provides $100 million in new funding and “restates priorities” in the fight against a disease that’s aptly[…]

Trump Administration Continues Tilting the Field toward Medicare Advantage

During the Medicare open enrollment period that ends today, the Trump administration once again asked beneficiaries to choose plans without the benefit of accurate, unbiased information. Throughout this period and the year preceding it, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has unabashedly steered seniors toward private Medicare Advantage plans, while downplaying traditional Medicare.[…]

Trump Administration Drug Proposal Puts Burden on Beneficiaries

nstead of taking big, bold steps to lower prescription drug prices, the Trump administration has rolled out yet another incremental measure that merely nibbles at the edges of the problem – while at the same time putting additional burdens on beneficiaries. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) unveiled a new proposal this week[…]

Seniors Reverse Recent Trend, Vote in their Own Interests

Three weeks ago, we implored seniors to vote in their own interests on November 6th. In three of the past four midterm elections, older Americans lopsidedly voted for Republicans – despite the party’s proposals to cut and privatize Social Security and Medicare – and slash Medicaid. This time, seniors reversed that trend and voted in[…]

McConnell Reminds Retirees What They Have to Lose in November

As if to remind us what is at stake with three weeks to go until election day, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell doubled-down on the GOP’s promises to ‘reform’ Social Security and Medicare, which really means cut and privatize. His comments came on the heels of a Treasury Department announcement that the federal budget deficit[…]

Five Weeks Until Voters Choose Whether to Boost or Cut Social Security & Medicare

On November 6th, voters will choose whether to boost or cut Social Security and Medicare. The stakes are that simple. Republicans proposals would raise eligibility ages, reduce benefits and undermine both programs. On the other side, Democrats have introduced bills to expand and protect seniors’ earned benefits – legislation which has languished in a GOP-controlled[…]

Stagnant Wages in Wake of Trump/GOP Tax Scam Hurt Workers and Future Retirees

Underneath the major headlines about the death of Senator McCain and the latest iterations of the Trump scandals, a theme has emerged in news coverage about how the president and his party’s policies are affecting working people. The theme is that, despite promises that the Trump/GOP tax scheme would benefit everyday Americans, real wages remain[…]

Misleading Media Headlines on Social Security & Medicare Finances

Reading the headlines from earlier this week, one would think that Social Security and Medicare were on their deathbeds. The latest flurry of misleading headlines came in response to the release of the 2018 Social Security and Medicare Trustees reports: Entitlements are in crisis. Trump refuses to act – Washington Post Medicare To Go Broke[…]

National Committee Analysis of Trump Drug Cost Proposal

The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare is disappointed that President Trump’s proposal on drug pricing fell far short of the strong stance he took against the pharmaceutical industry’s price gouging as a candidate. In particular, the President’s proposal doesn’t allow the Medicare program to negotiate with drug manufacturers to lower the cost[…]

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[…]