Austerity Measures Have No Place in Next Coronavirus Relief Bill

As Congress considers another much-needed coronavirus relief bill, a group of lawmakers is attempting to inject proposals that could permanently tear our social safety net. Sixty members of the U.S. House — almost evenly split between the two parties — sent a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi demanding that two austerity mechanisms be wedged into[…]

Trump, USPS and Seniors

For more than two centuries, the nation’s postal service has bonded Americans scattered across a vast continent. To most of us, the U.S. mail is an essential institution. For American seniors, it is nothing less than a lifeline. Today’s older Americans rely on the postal service for mail-order prescription medications, paying bills, casting ballots in[…]

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[…]