Summary of Key Provisions in the House-Passed HEROES Act

On May 15, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 6800, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act. The House-passed bill builds on previously enacted coronavirus relief legislation by providing older Americans and people with disabilities with additional financial and medical assistance that will help them survive the COVID-19 pandemic. While the[…]

Fourth Stimulus Must Advance Seniors’ Financial & Health Security

Pandemic ‘Ratchets Up’ Need for Long-Sought Improvements As Congress prepares to construct a fourth stimulus package, a leading seniors’ advocacy group is calling for more to be done to help older Americans survive the COVID-19 pandemic, both physically and financially. The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare has sent a letter imploring members[…]

Stimulus Package Provides Relief for Seniors in Time of Crisis

But Employer Payroll Tax Credits Could Harm Social Security Older Americans will receive urgently-needed financial and medical assistance from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This legislation goes a long way toward helping America’s most vulnerable population – seniors – to survive the COVID-19 crisis. The historic relief package ensures that seniors[…]

Seniors Shouldn’t be Sacrificed for the Economy – or Anything Else

Listening to President Trump and some of his political allies, you might think that the lives of society’s most vulnerable members in this pandemic were less important than the economy – especially seniors. While the president was in a rush to restart normal economic activity by Easter (against the advice of the nation’s top health[…]

Trump lets it slip again: He wants to cut ‘entitlements’

When it comes to Social Security and Medicare, President Trump can’t help saying the quiet part out loud: he would like to cut both programs, despite his campaign promises to protect them. During a town hall on Fox News last night, moderator Martha MacCallum asked the president whether he would cut ‘entitlements’ to reduce the[…]

House Delivers Crucial Rx Price Relief to American Seniors

(source = “The U.S. House of Representatives resoundingly defied Big Pharma today by passing historic legislation to lower prescription drug prices for America’s seniors and their families. The Lower Drug Costs Now Act (H.R. 3) accomplishes what we and other advocates have long demanded — that Medicare be empowered to negotiate prices with pharmaceutical[…]

Mourning the Loss of a True Champion for Seniors in Congress

America’s seniors have lost a true champion with the passing of Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) at the age of 68. The Congressman, who was chairman of the House Oversight Committee, forcefully and eloquently advocated for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and lowering prescription drug prices. His staunch support of seniors’ priorities repeatedly earned Rep. Cummings a[…]

Seniors Shouldn’t Be Fooled by Trump’s Medicare Publicity Stunt

“Seniors recall the 2016 promise from then-candidate Donald Trump to allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices as a strategy for lowering prescription drug costs. And they still are waiting for that to happen. Older Americans won’t be fooled by a parade of empty words and promises. Seniors need a real-world solution to the high cost[…]

Trustees of the Medicare program report

The Trustees of the Medicare program report that the federal senior health care program’s finances look about the same as they did in 2018. Medicare’s Part A trust fund will become depleted in 2026, at which time the system still could pay 89% of benefits. But, again, this is only if Congress takes no action[…]

Trump Administration Turns Its Back on Older Americans in 2020 Budget

Proposed Spending Plan Would Slash Social Safety Net Programs “President Trump’s 2020 budget proposal shortchanges seniors by slashing $845 billion from Medicare, cutting $25 billion from Social Security Disability Insurance, and gutting Medicaid by 1.5 trillion. And, to push the heads of seniors further under water, the White House budget also proposes to eliminate federal[…]