Hill Democrats Get Tough on Big Pharma, Prescription Drug Prices

Elections have consequences, and one positive consequence of the midterms is that the new House majority is serious about reducing drug prices for seniors. Last week, Democrats introduced legislation to allow Medicare to negotiate prices directly with pharmaceutical companies. This week, the new chairman of a key House committee, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), announced an[…]

Congress Moves to Tackle Prescription Drug Prices

While the government shutdown rightly dominates the headlines, there is activity on Capitol Hill to address another urgent issue: rising prescription drug prices. At the beginning of the year, the Wall Street Journal reported that more than three dozen pharmaceutical companies hiked the prices of hundreds of medicines, despite the Trump administration’s pleas that they[…]

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[…]

National Committee PAC Propels Social Security and Medicare Champions to Victory

Endorsements by the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare PAC helped propel champions of American seniors to victory – and recapture the majority in the House of Representatives. Of the more than 90 candidates for Congress and statewide offices endorsed by the National Committee PAC, 75 were victorious (with 4 results currently outstanding).[…]

Seniors are Big Winners in House Elections

New Democratic Majority Favors Protecting and Boosting Social Security and Medicare Voters have put champions of Social Security and Medicare back in control of the U.S. House of Representatives for the first time in 8 years. Candidates who promised to protect and expand seniors’ earned benefits scored victories in races across the country, including many[…]

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[…]