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The Latest News on Social Security and Medicare
6/22/2017

The Senate’s version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) is an exercise in political expediency that does nothing to safeguard access to quality healthcare for older Americans.  President Trump rightly called the House-passed bill ‘mean’ and lacking ‘heart.’ Unfortunately, the Senate bill is only marginally less mean in some ways, and even more heartless in others.

6/21/2017

The undersigned organizations are writing to respectfully ask you to support, and build upon, existing state Medicaid expansion, and to oppose efforts to change Medicaid financing by limiting federal funding to states through per capita caps. We are concerned about the negative impact per capita caps will have on all citizens living with chronic disease, but we are writing to draw your attention to how devastating they will be on individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (AD/ADRD), and their family caregivers.

6/19/2017

For the past six years, employees of the Social Security Administration (SSA) have been struggling to meet a growing demand for customer service.   Social Security beneficiaries wait on hold for an average 15 minutes, if not longer. 

6/19/2017

For the past six years, employees of the Social Security Administration (SSA) have been struggling to meet a growing demand for customer service.   Social Security beneficiaries wait on hold for an average 15 minutes, if not longer.
5/30/2017

The Trump administration has been attempting to spin its proposed $64 billion in cuts to Social Security Disability Insurance as somehow not cutting Social Security.  Some in the media have parroted the White House line.   “Trump’s Budget Slashes Spending, Leaves Social Security & Medicare Untouched,” declared a headline from Fox Business News.  A CNN Money correspondent told Wolf Blitzer that Trump’s budget “doesn’t touch Social Security.”

5/26/2017

On May 24, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) released an updated estimate on the budget impact of H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which passed the U.S. House of Representatives on May 4. 

5/25/2017

Twenty-three million people will lose health insurance in the next decade under the American Health Care Act (AHCA) according to the latest Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report.  The CBO analysis concludes that the AHCA benefits the young and healthy at the expense of older and sicker Americans. The report indicates that “near seniors” (aged 50-64) will be hit particularly hard by the GOP healthcare bill.

5/23/2017

President Trump’s FY 2018 budget drastically cuts programs that benefit America’s oldest – and most vulnerable – citizens.  The President’s spending plan calls for deep cuts to Social Security Disability Insurance, breaking his promise not to touch Social Security.  It guts Medicaid, violating another Trump campaign pledge. Programs that feed needy seniors, keep them warm in their homes and pay for long-term care are eliminated or slashed.

5/4/2017

The National Committee strongly condemns the American Health Care Act (AHCA) just passed by the House, which needlessly puts the healthcare of millions of older Americans in jeopardy. “Despite the bill’s name, risking the health of our nation’s most vulnerable citizens to give the wealthy an $880 billion tax cut is tremendously uncaring --- and does not reflect real American values,” says Max Richtman, President and CEO of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. “In modifying the original AHCA bill to give reluctant Republicans political cover, the House leadership made a bad piece of legislation even worse.”

5/4/2017

On behalf of the millions of members and supporters of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, I write to urge you to vote against Representatives Tom MacArthur and Mark Meadows’s and Representative Fred Upton’s respective amendments to H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), and to oppose the underlying bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 

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