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The Latest News on Social Security and Medicare
11/16/2017

By passing their Robin Hood-in-Reverse tax legislation today, House Republicans have sent a crystal-clear message:  the elderly, disabled, poor, and working class are no longer part of the GOP’s vision for America.  

11/15/2017

In their rush to enact a reckless tax bill, Congressional Republicans have overlooked a provision in federal budgetary law that would have immediate and devastating consequences for Medicare.

11/14/2017

The proposal in the House and Senate Republicans’ tax reform plan to move to a "chained" Consumer Price Index (CPI) to calculate increases in the tax code brackets and the standard deduction can only be seen as part of a broader plan to extend the use of this index when adjusting Social Security benefits for inflation.  It is the elephant’s nose under the tent.

11/14/2017

The resignation of HHS Secretary Tom Price in September presented an opportunity for President Trump to select a nominee who would champion quality, affordable health care for all Americans, including seniors.   Instead, he has tapped a former Big Pharma executive, Alex Azar. This is an ironic choice for a President who has pledged to lower prescription drug prices. 

11/13/2017

Voters have an opportunity to improve healthcare in Maine next Tuesday, including for older residents (age 50-64).  Expanding Medicaid would be especially beneficial to thousands of Mainers in that age group since at least 40 percent have one or more pre-existing condition.
11/1/2017

The National Committee opposes the Republican budget and tax plans because they allow the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means Committees to slash programs critical to older Americans and people with disabilities – all to pay for massive tax cuts for the very wealthy and profitable corporations.

10/26/2017

On behalf of the millions of members and supporters of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, I urge you to vote against the Senate amendment to H. Con. Res. 71, the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Resolution, which would cause misery for millions of Americans.

10/19/2017

On behalf of the millions of members and supporters of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, I urge you to vote against S. Con. Res. 25, the Senate Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Resolution, which would cause misery for millions of Americans.

10/13/2017

The just-announced 2.0% cost-of-living increase (COLA) for Social Security beneficiaries is woefully inadequate. The 2018 COLA translates into a paltry $27 a month for the average recipient, barely enough for a prescription co-pay, a tank of gas, or a bag of groceries. 

10/13/2017

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 the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which is providing health coverage for millions of children in working families.  Since the 1997 passage of CHIP, which has always received bipartisan support, the number of uninsured children has been reduced by 50 percent.

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