Protecting Seniors & Workers' Retirement
We owe a debt of gratitude to the generations that fought for, invested in, and built the country we have been so fortunate to inherit.
Social Security and Medicare are the promises we make to our senior citizens that they will not retire into poverty or avoidable ill health. I believe profoundly in the need to preserve these programs and the basic security they provide to our seniors. Part of preserving these programs is taking the steps necessary to make them sustainable. For too long, Congress has stood by while Social Security and Medicare have become increasingly threatened and fiscally unsustainable.
Medicare has provided seniors access to high quality, affordable health care for decades, and I continue to work to strengthen this critical program. The Affordable Health Care for America Act signed into law early this year will strengthen Medicare and improve the whole system of care across the board. Health care reform will completely phase out the Medicare prescription drug "donut hole" by 2020, and we have already begun this process with a $250 rebate to seniors in the donut hole and a 50% reduction in the cost of brand name prescriptions purchased in the donut hole. Senior citizens will no longer have to pay for crucial preventive checkups and procedures. Importantly, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that the law will add 7 years to the solvency of Medicare.
I also helped pass the Medicare Premium Fairness Act to protect seniors from increases in Medicare premiums and help ensure seniors can continue to see the doctor they choose. My efforts to pass these pieces of legislation were endorsed by the AARP, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, the Center for Medicare Advocacy, Alliance for Retired Americans, and the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association.
Advocating for Seniors
While Social Security and Medicare have served our seniors well for decades, many still struggle -- especially in our high-cost area. I have helped bring significant federal assistance to local senior nutrition and Meals on Wheels programs. Additionally, I secured hundreds of thousands of dollars to help senior living facilities invest in improvements,including securing funding to renovate the Senior Cross Road Residences.
I regularly visit senior centers throughout the 4th District and will continue to gather input from seniors and their families. I look forward to continuing to serve as a strong advocate for seniors and welcome your guidance on these important issues.