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News Archives (2014)

22 million older women receive Social Security benefits yet the inequalities they face threaten their retirement security. Persistent gender wage discrimination, work gaps taken to care for loved ones, the lack of pensions, and generally longer lives mean women receive a significantly lower Social Security benefit than men.  

One in three women are living in or near poverty.  Older women face poverty in far greater numbers than older men. The National Committee’s “Eleanor’s Hope” initiative, named in honor of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt,  will raise awareness, recruit and train new activists and bolster Congressional leaders who are making a difference on women’s health and retirement security issues.  We’ll advocate for legislation that addresses the inequities threatening millions of retired women and work to elect lawmakers who share our vision of retirement equity for women. 

Today Lambda Legal filed suit against the Social Security Administration (SSA) on behalf of Kathy Murphy, a Texas widow denied spousal benefits after the death of her wife, and the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (the National Committee), arguing that denying Social Security benefits to same-sex spouses because they live in states that discriminate against  their marriages violates the U.S. Constitution. The Supreme Court struck down federal discrimination against same-sex spouses last year in United States v. Windsor ; Lambda Legal argues that SSA cannot perpetuate the same kind of discrimination now and leave lesbian and gay spouses without the financial protections of social security as they age.

Today’s announcement that the Social Security cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will be just 1.7% means that millions of seniors who rely on their Social Security to get by will once again find their expenses outpacing their Social Security benefit.  For the average senior, this COLA will mean about a $20 monthly increase.  

The Democratic incumbent got an official endorsement from the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare for her support of Social Security and Medicare in the Senate.

The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare was joined by Congressional leaders and our allies in the fight for women’s rights in a media teleconference held on Thursday, October 9th. We launched our new project, “Eleanor’s Hope” named in honor of Eleanor Roosevelt, to mobilize women of all ages to advocate for income equality, income security and health protection for women.

Listen to the recording of the press call.


The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare will be joined by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Dr. Heidi Hartmann, Institute for Women's Policy Research and Dr. Judy Feder, Georgetown Professor and Urban Institute Fellow, to brief Congressional staff and interested media on the need for income equality, financial security and health protection for women of all ages.  

The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare was joined by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-WI), NOW President Terry O’Neill and Tufts Health Plan President/CEO, James Roosevelt, Jr. on a press call today to announce the launch of a new national initiative called Eleanor’s Hope, to help bring an end to the disparity between men’s and women’s income, health and retirement security. 

National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare and other groups rallied on Capitol Hill September 18, 2014 to say no cuts to Social Security and Medicare


NCPSSM Max Richtman Discusses Alzheimer's Impact on Medicare and Medicaid Programs with Leslie Marshall.

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