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The Latest News on Social Security and Medicare
8/2/2017

The House Budget Resolution for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 would make cuts to the Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security programs and repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), actions which would be harmful to millions of Americans.

7/28/2017

America's seniors and their families have a lot of thank you calls to make to the 51 Senators who refused to pass a ‘skinny’ Obamacare repeal bill that would have had disastrous consequences for millions of Americans who stood to lose their healthcare plans – and millions of seniors who were at risk of losing Medicaid coverage to pay for their nursing home bills and other long term care services and supports.

7/25/2017

By voting in favor of the Motion to Proceed with Obamacare repeal, the Senate is once again playing Russian roulette with the health of the poor, the sick, and the elderly. None of the tangle of bills that the Senate may now consider does anything to improve healthcare for anyone.

7/24/2017

On behalf of the millions of members and supporters of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, I wrhttp://www.ncpssm.org/PublicPolicy/LettersTestimony/Documents/ArticleID/1710/Letter-to-Senate-Urging-NO-Vote-on-MTP-ACA-Repealite to urge you to vote against the Motion to Proceed to the consideration of legislation to repeal and/or replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and to oppose the underlying bills to repeal the health care reform law.

7/24/2017

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 durability is demonstrated yet again in this year’s Trustees Report. The report is good news for working Americans and for seniors.

7/19/2017

The 2017 Medicare Trustees Report shows that Medicare solvency remains greatly improved since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), with the Hospital Insurance Trust Fund paying full benefits until 2029. 

7/19/2017

Congress is targeting the health and financial well-being of America’s seniors by making yet another attempt to privatize Medicare.   Today the House Budget Committee is marking up the GOP’s FY 2018 budget resolution, which includes Speaker Paul Ryan’s “Medicare premium support” scheme – an innocuous name for turning time-tested senior health care coverage into “Coupon-Care.”  

7/18/2017

Seniors and other Medicaid beneficiaries can breathe a sigh of relief that the Senate’s harmful healthcare bill has collapsed.  We are especially grateful to Senator Susan Collins for opposing this bill since it would have decimated Medicaid, made health insurance unaffordable for 50-64 year olds, and ripped away health coverage from more than 20 million Americans. 

7/13/2017

The 2017 OASDI Trustees Report confirms that the Social Security Trust fund is stable and healthy for now, but faces challenges in the future if corrective action is not taken.  The most important figures remain consistent with last year’s report:  The combined OASDI (Old-age, Survivor, and Disability Insurance) trust funds will remain fully solvent until 2034, after which Social Security can pay 77% of benefits if there are no changes to the program. The Trustees report there is now $2.847 trillion in the Social Security Trust Fund, which is $35.2 billion more than last year --- and that it will continue to grow by payroll contributions and interest on the Trust Fund's assets.  

7/6/2017

On behalf of the millions of members and supporters of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, I am writing to endorse your bill, H.R. 2855, the Social Security for Future Generations Act of 2017.  The National Committee commends you for introducing this legislation, which extends the solvency of the Old-Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance Trust Fund through 2049. 

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