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Today’s Supreme Court ruling in Harris v. Quinn could have devastating effects on America’s home health system by driving down already low wages and reducing the basic rights of workers in one of our nation’s fastest growing job sectors – home health services. 


One year ago tomorrow, the Supreme Court issued its landmark Windsor ruling in the Defense of Marriage Act providing benefits to legally married same-sex married couples.  Since then, federal agencies such as the Social Security Administration have been working to define benefits eligibility for millions of Americans. 

On behalf of the millions of members and supporters of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, I am writing to express our support for your bill, the “Seniors Access to Social Security Act of 2014,” which directs the Commissioner of Social Security to continue to make Social Security number (SSN) printouts and benefit verification letters available at the agency’s local field offices for at least an additional year.

The National Committee is committed to protecting and improving Social Security.  Social Security is a program that touches the lives of virtually all Americans.  More than many other federal programs, Social Security does exactly what it was designed to do by providing basic income protection to 38 million retired people, 9 million people with disabilities, as well as to 6.2 million widows, widowers and the surviving children of deceased workers. 

Each year, Americans for Democratic Action, the organization co-founded by Eleanor Roosevelt to keep FDR’s New Deal dream alive, honors their former counsel Winn Newman with an award in his name. The Winn Newman Equality award honors those who, like Winn, are fighting for equality in America.  The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare’s President, Max Richtman, has been chosen as the 2014 Winn Newman honoree. 

Each year 58 million Americans use the purchasing power of their Social Security benefits to pump billions of dollars into their local businesses and state economies. Families spend $816 billion in Social Security benefits nationwide each year.  When Americans use the purchasing power of those benefits, they are supporting local businesses and state economies with billions of dollars they simply wouldn’t have without Social Security.   State and local lawmakers who value Social Security’s economic impact are joining the national movement to Boost Social Security Now.


Social Security protects families in the event that a worker retires, becomes disabled or dies. These guaranteed insurance benefits are especially crucial to people of color who tend to have fewer alternative resources, become disabled at higher rates, and rely on Social Security's family benefit features disproportionately. 

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