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The Older Americans Act (OAA), originally enacted in 1965, supports a range of home and community-based services, such as meals-on-wheels and other nutrition programs, in-home services, transportation, legal services, elder abuse prevention and caregivers support. These programs help seniors stay as independent as possible in their homes and communities. In addition, OAA services help seniors avoid hospitalization and nursing home care and, as a result, save federal and state funds that otherwise would be spent on such care.


Growing disparities in life expectancy between America’s rich and poor is eroding the progressive nature of Social Security. A new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, requested by Senator Bernie Sanders, shows that low-income American men will lose 11%-14% of their lifetime Social Security benefits while high-income men will see a 16%-18% benefit boost due to this growing gap. 


Tucson, AZ – March 16, 2016 A group of nearly 50 area residents gathered at the home of Jim and Patsy Crounse to hear an insider’s view of the 2016 elections and the potential impact a new Congress and President could have on the future of programs like Social Security and Medicare.  


Unfortunately, today’s Congressional hearing on ‘Preserving and Strengthening Medicare’ offered no new ideas and was instead an Orwellian political exercise in which politicians say preserve when they actually mean privatize, and strengthen when they mean slash. 


Medicare beneficiaries who received denials of Medicare coverage for various types of medical services and who appealed but did not receive an ALJ decision to within the specified 90-day period, a settlement on behalf of a nationwide class has been proposed. 


I am Max Richtman, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, and I appreciate the opportunity to submit this statement for the record.  With millions of members and supporters across America, the National Committee is a grassroots advocacy and education organization dedicated to preserving and strengthening safety net programs, including Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.


Social Security and Election 2016.


For the third time in just seven years, there will be no Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for millions of seniors, veterans and people with disabilities who depend on the COLA to keep them out of poverty.  Today Max Richtman, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare President/CEO, joined Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA),Tammy Baldwin(D-WI) and other advocates to urge the Senate to bring The Seniors and Veterans Emergency Benefits Act (SAVE Benefits Act) to the floor for a vote. 


Today Lambda Legal and the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare announced the resolution of a lawsuit against the Social Security Administration (SSA) brought on behalf of Kathy Murphy, a Texas widow denied spousal benefits after the death of her wife, and the National Committee.


The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare greatly appreciates the work of the Senate Finance Committee in bringing some needed transparency to Gilead Science Inc.’s pricing of its two blockbuster therapies for Hepatitis C, Sovaldi and Harvoni.  The information gathered by the committee sheds light on a dynamic in the pharmaceutical market where the cost of drugs has become completely delinked from the cost of developing and producing them.  The committee’s findings in the context of a worrisome spike in drug costs indicate that policy makers need to reexamine the incentives in place to promote innovation.  Policies designed to spur innovation should be more narrowly targeted toward stimulating meaningful innovation at reasonable prices that allow access to essential medicines.

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