National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare2022-06-24T10:36:39-04:00

Senate Must Use Reconciliation to Bring Down Drug Costs, Invest in Home Care

The lack of access to affordable home care and prescription medications creates a difficult burden for workers who are also trying to meet family caregiving needs. With a national average wage of less than $60,000 per year, everyday working Americans are faced with impossible choices like staying in their jobs to pay for necessary prescription medications or staying home to provide the care that their loved ones need but can’t afford. This decision forces many out of the workforce and worsens the economic outlook for their own future. Continue reading

There is Work Being Done to Fix Social Security

There is no basis for The Post’s claim that fixing Social Security is “on just about no one’s to-do list in Washington” [“The Medicare and Social Security disaster,” editorial, June 5]. Just about no one? How about the chair of the House Ways and Means Social Security subcommittee, Rep. John B. Larson (D-Conn.), who has introduced a bill to extend the solvency of the Social Security Trust Fund by asking the wealthy to contribute their fair share in payroll taxes?

Trustees Report Signals That Now Is the Time to Strengthen Social Security

The takeaway from the latest Social Security Trustees report is this:  Congress must strengthen the program’s finances without delay. The Trustees project that the combined Social Security retirement and disability trust fund will become depleted by 2035, one year later than projected in their previous report.

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House Members Urge CMS to Expand Medicare Dental Coverage

More than 100 members of the U.S. House have sent a letter to the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in an effort to expand Medicare dental coverage. (Traditional Medicare only covers “medically necessary” dental care in a narrowly defined way that excludes not only routine care, but many illness-related treatments.)  The members implored CMS administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure to broaden the definition of “medically necessary” to cover many more types of dental care.

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