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The Latest News on Social Security and Medicare
8/14/2014

As we celebrate Social Security's 79th anniversary today, it's important to acknowledge the program's vital role in protecting both current and future generations of Americans. Social Security has made a profound improvement in the economic security of millions of families, especially during these tough economic times.
8/13/2014

I commend Chairman Bill Nelson, Ranking Member Susan Collins, Senator John Walsh and other members of the Aging Committee for holding this field hearing on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.  The Senate Aging Committee has a long history of highlighting the need to combat Alzheimer’s disease and to provide assistance to family members and friends who are caring for someone with this devastating illness.  
8/6/2014

Since its inception, Social Security has been the foundation on which America’s retirement security rests.  It has demonstrated its strength by paying benefits without interruption in good times and bad, during periods of recession and disaster and during recovery and healing.  The program’s strength is demonstrated yet again in this year’s Trustees Report, which reflects the resilience of the Trust Funds. The report is good news for working Americans and for seniors.
8/4/2014

The 2014 Medicare Trustees Report shows an improved financial outlook for Medicare, including a four-year extension of the Medicare Part A Hospital Insurance (HI) trust fund, due to implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and other changes in the health care system.
7/31/2014

“The challenges facing Social Security’s new Commissioner will require a leader with both administrative experience and a deep understanding of the Social Security program -- Carolyn Colvin is that person.  As America’s baby boomers retire, the Social Security Administration has seen a 27% increase in claims for retirement benefits.  In spite of this growing need, Congress continues to cut the agency’s operating budget. 
7/29/2014

In the hyper-partisan, budget-slashing environment that drives our Washington debate these days, the impact that Medicare has on the lives of average American families is often overlooked.  The truth is Medicare saves lives and money.  Without Medicare many more seniors would be impoverished, sicker and dependent on others, including federal, state and local governments. 
7/28/2014

This year’s projections come as no surprise to anyone who understands how Social Security and Medicare work. In fact, historically, the solvency date for the Social Security Trust Fund has fluctuated from a depletion date as distant as 2048 in the 1988 report to as soon as 2029 predicted in 1994 and 1997. On Medicare, each year since passage of the Affordable Care Act, the Trustees have reported the program’s improving solvency, this year adding an additional four years until 2030.  We should build on that success and continue reducing the high cost of health care system-wide, not just in Medicare.
7/28/2014

On behalf of the millions of members and supporters of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, I want to thank Chairman Wyden and Ranking Member Hatch for holding this hearing entitled “Social Security: A Fresh Look at Workers’ Disability Insurance.”
7/25/2014

In yet another in an endless string of commission proposals, H.R. 4786, the “Social Security Commission Act of 2014,” introduced by Representatives John Delaney (D-MD) and Tom Cole (R-OK) targets Social Security for “reform.” This time, the task would be delegated to a “Commission on Long Term Solvency,” made up of 13 members appointed variously by the President and the leadership of the House of Representatives and the Senate.
6/30/2014

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. 
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