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Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-4)New Jersey Republican Wins Endorsement of National Seniors’ Advocacy Group

Republican Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04) has won the endorsement of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare in his re-election bid.  Congressman Smith has committed himself to protecting Social Security and Medicare from benefit cuts.  He also has cosponsored legislation to improve cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) and to expand benefits for Medicare recipients.

Our nation needs Chris’ leadership, vision and courage to vote in the interests of the residents of New Jersey’s 4th district in the fight for working families and older Americans,” said National Committee President Max Richtman. “He is well-prepared to serve the needs of seniors and will make the preservation and enhancement of Social Security and Medicare a priority in Congress.”

In addition to his support for seniors’ earned benefits, Rep. Smith has been a trailblazer in promoting enhanced federal funding for Alzheimer’s research, treatments and one day finding a cure.  This includes, among many important policies, expanding programs for caregivers.

The National Committee supports candidates on both sides of the aisle – both incumbents and challengers – who understand and support the critical roles that Social Security and Medicare play in the retirement and health security of our nation’s older citizens and their families.

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Seniors’ Advocacy Group Endorses Five New Social Security & Medicare Champions

The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare has endorsed five new candidates for the U.S. House in Congressional districts spanning the country:  Abigail Spanberger (VA-01); Jessica Morse (CA-04); Haley Stevens (MI-11); Nancy Soderberg (FL-06); and Alyse Galvin (AK-At Large).

“These dynamic candidates have diverse backgrounds to bring to the fight for seniors’ retirement and health security.  None has previously held elective office.  Three of the five are challenging incumbents who have voted to undermine Social Security, Medicare, and the Affordable Care Act.  All of these new candidates particularly understand the challenges faced by women in the workplace, as caregivers and as retirees,” said Max Richtman, President and CEO of the National Committee.

Social Security COLA to Rise for 2019, but Formula Should be Improved

Social Security beneficiaries will receive a much-needed, 2.8% cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for 2019 – providing a $39 bump to the average monthly retirement benefit.  The 2019 COLA is higher than 2018’s (2.0%), which was partially offset by an increase in Medicare Part B premiums for many beneficiaries. With Medicare Part B premiums anticipated to rise minimally for most beneficiaries next year, Social Security recipients will be able to keep the lion’s share of the new cost-of-living increase.

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