At $789 billion, the Economic Recovery compromise bill is actually less expensive than either the House or Senate’s original versions; however, funding for the Social Security Administration and stimulus for seniors survived the trimming. 

The Associated Press has a summary of key details. Following are some highlights affecting America’s seniors:  

One-time payments to seniors, disabled and veterans:

             $14 billion to give one-time $250 payments to Social Security recipients, poor people on Supplemental Security Income, and veterans receiving   disability and pensions.


            Social Security Administration  

            $500 million for the National Computer Center

            $500 million for Information Technology

            $2 million for the Inspector General’s office



            $21 billion to provide a 60 percent subsidy of health care  insurance premiums for the unemployed under the COBRA program

             $87 billion to help states with Medicaid

             $19 billion to modernize health information technology systems

             $10 billion for health research and construction of National Institutes of Health facilities


The House is expected to vote on the compromise tomorrow with the Senate expected to act before the Monday.