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The Latest News on Social Security and Medicare
12/11/2014

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 strong opposition to the multiemployer provision included in H.R. 83, the Fiscal Year 2015 Omnibus Appropriations Bill.
12/10/2014

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 continued enthusiastic support for the nomination of Carolyn W. Colvin to serve as Commissioner of Social Security, and urge that you vote to confirm her nomination.
12/10/2014

NCPSSM Board Chair, Dr. Catherine Dodd, testified before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee today on the economic challenges facing America’s older women.  22 million older women receive Social Security benefits yet the inequalities they face threaten their retirement security.  The National Committee’s Eleanor’s Hope initiative urges Congress to pass a number of improvements to the program including: providing Social Security credits for caregivers, improving Social Security survivor benefits, equalizing Social Security’s rules for disabled widows, strengthening the Social Security Cost of Living Allowance and boosting the basic Social Security benefit of all current and future beneficiaries.
12/5/2014

About 22 million women aged 65 and older receive Social Security benefits.  A woman who reaches age 65 can expect to live an additional 20 years.  For these women, Social Security represents a vitally important source of income, and is often their only available hedge against inflation.  Without Social Security, over half of these women would be living in poverty.  Even with Social Security, 11 percent of older women still live in poverty; for widows, the rate is worse, at 15 percent.  This is 50 percent higher than the poverty rate for all people 65 and older.
12/2/2014

On behalf of the millions of members and supporters of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, I am writing to urge you to vote for the bill, H.R. 5739, the "No Social Security for Nazis Act."  
11/26/2014

Dan Adcock discusses impact of Alzheimer's on Medicare/ Medicaid on WGN TV 
11/13/2014

National Committee Senior Legislative Representative,  Web Phillips, NCPSSM Member Kathy Murphy and Lambda Legal Attorney Susan Sommer talks about the lawsuit filed against the Social Security Administration on “Make it Plain w/Mark Thompson.”  The lawsuit argues that denying social security benefits to same-sex spouses just because they live in states that discriminate against  their marriages violates the U.S. Constitution.
11/10/2014

On behalf of the millions of members and supporters of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, I urge you to ensure that your budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 recommends improving Social Security and Medicare benefits rather than cutting the social insurance safety net.
10/30/2014

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. 
10/22/2014

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.
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