Trump Re-Ignites Attacks on Affordable Care Act, Rallies Democrats

President Trump is at it again. Two years after promising Americans “something terrific” to replace Obamacare – and failing – the administration has renewed calls for its repeal. On Monday, the Department of Justice announced its full support of a federal judge’s decision that would eradicate the entire Affordable Care Act. (The decision is not[…]

Prescription Drug Reform Something Both Political Parties Believe Is Needed

As the national discussion over how to control prescription drugs prices heats up, NCPSSM President & CEO Max Richtman sits down with CBS4’s Jim DeFede in Miami to discuss the challenges facing seniors and some possible price control solutions. These include allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices directly with pharmaceutical manufacturers, allowing drug reimportation from[…]

Trump 2020 Budget Shortchanges Seniors

They say that a White House budget is merely a messaging document – especially in an era of divided government. In that case, the Trump administration has sent a grim message to America’s seniors in its 2020 spending proposal. It goes something like this: older Americans living on fixed incomes – especially the elderly poor[…]

New CMS Projections on Medicare Spending Warrant Scrutiny

According to a federal report issued yesterday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), government is expected to cover 47% of the country’s health care costs by 2027. The current figure is 45 percent, according to the Associated Press. “Rising prices for health care goods and services are expected to account for nearly[…]

State of the Union Should Include Older Americans’ Priorities

Seniors struggling with soaring health care and prescription drug costs deserve re-assurance that the White House is actually on their side. The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare urges that President Trump use tonight’s State of the Union speech to do just that. In a letter to the White House on behalf of[…]

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[…]