FY 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Bill Letter

March 14, 2018 The Honorable Thad Cochran Chairman Committee on Appropriations United States Senate Washington, D.C., 20510 The Honorable Rodney Frelinghuysen Chairman Committee on Appropriations U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C., 20515 The Honorable Patrick Leahy Ranking Member Committee on Appropriations United States Senate Washington, D.C., 20510 The Honorable Nita M. Lowey Ranking Member Committee[…]

Letter Endorsing Protecting Medicare from Excessive Price Increases Act

March 7, 2018 The Honorable Sander Levin U.S. House of Representatives 1236 Longworth HOB Washington, DC 20515 Dear Representative Levin: On behalf of the millions of members and supporters of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, I am writing to endorse, H.R. 5150, the “Protecting Medicare from Excessive Price Increases Act.” This[…]

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[…]

The President’s FY 2019 Budget – It Literally Leaves Seniors in the Cold

On February 12, 2018, President Trump submitted his Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget recommendations to Congress. This budget would drastically cut programs that benefit America’s oldest — including many vulnerable — citizens. The President’s spending plan calls for deep reductions to Social Security Disability Insurance, breaking his promise not to touch Social Security. It also[…]

Trump’s 2019 Budget Shortchanges the Elderly, Poor, and Disabled

President Trump released an FY 2019 budget today proposing deep spending reductions for Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), and myriad other federal programs that help older Americans, the poor, and people with disabilities. “This budget once again lays bare the Trump administration’s terribly misguided priorities. In the wake of massive tax cuts for[…]

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[…]

Hollow Victory For The Gop Is A Loss For Seniors, Working Americans

Congressional Republicans have just pulled off the biggest heist in American history – transferring trillions of dollars of wealth to the rich and profitable corporations at the expense of working and middle class Americans. By ramming this ill-considered legislation through Congress in a reckless manner, GOP members of Congress put partisanship over people and donors[…]