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Legislative Tracker2018-11-01T14:41:15+00:00

Legislative Tracker


Social Security     Medicare     Health Care and Aging      Budget      Civil Rights      Alzheimer’s

SOCIAL SECURITY LEGISLATION

Topic Title/Bill Numbers Sponsors Summary
Social Security Administration Fairness Act Sen. Bernard Sanders NCPSSM supports this legislation.

Would guarantee regular and consistent funding for the administrative budget of the Social Security Administration and would eliminate the waiting period disabled Americans must serve before their monthly benefits and health care coverage can begin.

Social Security Administration (SSA) Accountability Act of 2018 (H.R. 5431) Rep. Brian Higgins NCPSSM supports this legislation.

Would establish important new tools and safeguards which will strengthen substantially the ability of the Congress to exercise its oversight obligations regarding the administration of Social Security programs, including establishing procedures for the Social Security Administration to follow when it proposes to close or consolidate any of the agency’s local field offices, including a temporary moratorium on all office closures until SSA has submitted a report to the Congress regarding its processes for office closures and consolidations.

Elder Poverty Relief Act (S. 2653) Sen. Ron Wyden NCPSSM supports this legislation.

The “Elder Poverty Relief Act” will help alleviate poverty among the elderly and the disabled by granting beneficiaries who have participated in Social Security for several years a monthly increase in their benefit equal to about $85.

Social Security 2100 Act  (H.R. 1902) Rep. John Larson NCPSSM supports this legislation.

Would strengthen Social Security’s financing and provide additional funding to improve benefits by extending and then eliminating the cap on payroll taxes while implementing a small, gradual increase in workers’ and employers’ contributions to Social Security. To improve benefits, adds an across-the-board increase of about 2 percent, adopts the Consumer Price Index for Elderly Consumers (CPI-E), provides tax relief through an increase in the threshold on taxation of Social Security benefits and expands the special minimum benefit.

Supplemental Social Security Income Restoration Act of 2017 (H.R. 3307) Rep. Raul Grijalva NCPSSM supports this legislation. 

Would strengthen and modernize the Supplemental Security Income program, which is vitally important for the 8.3 million disabled or elderly individuals who depend on it for basic income support.

Social Security for Future Generations Act of 2017 (H.R. 2855) Rep. Al Lawson NCPSSM supports this legislation.

Would strengthen Social Security’s financial foundation by increasing revenue dedicated to support the program, and fund program improvements for beneficiaries.

Fair COLA for Seniors Act of 2017 (H.R. 2896) Rep. Rick Nolan

NCPSSM supports this legislation.

Would offer Social Security beneficiaries a one-time emergency benefit payment equal to a 3.9 percent raise, which is needed due to the lack of a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for 2016 and a disappointingly modest COLA for 2017.

Protection of Social Security Benefits Restoration Act (S. 959) Sen. Ron Wyden NCPSSM supports this legislation.

Would repeal a decades-old change in law that allowed earned benefits to be garnished by the federal government to collect federal debts.

Social Security Expansion Act of 2017 (S. 427/H.R. 1114) Sen. Bernie Sanders Rep. Peter DeFazio NCPSSM supports this legislation.

Would extend the solvency of Social Security through 2078, boost benefits about $65/month for most beneficiaries, adopt the CPI-E to determine cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs), and increase the special minimum benefit.

CPI-E Act of 2017 (H.R. 1251) Rep. John Garamendi NCPSSM supports this legislation.

Would require the use of the Consumer Price Index for the Elderly (CPI-E), for the purpose of determining cost-of-living adjustments of a broad array of Federal retirement programs, including Social Security.

Resolution adopting rules for the 115th Congress House Resolution 5 (H. Res. 5) Rep. Kevin McCarthy NCPSSM opposes this legislation.

This resolution creates a point of order against legislation to reallocate funds from the Social Security Old Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI) Trust Fund to the Disability Insurance Trust Fund unless it is accompanied by benefit cuts or tax increases that improve the solvency of the combined trust funds, and requires each standing committee to include in their oversight plans recommendations for moving programs from mandatory to discretionary funding, which would begin the process of dismantling the guaranteed funding mechanisms for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and exposing these programs to the uncertainties of the annual appropriations process.

MEDICARE LEGISLATION

Topic Title/Bill Numbers Sponsors Summary
The Medicare Negotiation and Competitive Licensing Act H.R. 6505 Rep. Lloyd Doggett NCPSSM supports this legislation.

Would allow the Secretary of Health & Human Services to directly negotiate prices for prescription drugs and issue a competitive license allowing other manufacturers to produce the drug for Medicare in the event negotiations fail.

Helping Seniors Afford Medicare Act of 2018 S. 3316 Sen. Bill Nelson

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz

NCPSSM supports this legislation.

Would cap out-of-pocket expenses for deductibles and copayments for traditional Medicare at $5,500 per year and make it easier for low-income seniors to qualify for financial assistance in paying their out-of-pocket costs.

Medicare and Medicaid Protection Act Sen. Mazie Hirono NCPSSM supports this legislation.

Would protect Medicare and Medicaid from benefit cuts by making it difficult in the Senate to increase the Medicare eligibility age, privatize Medicare, reduce Medicaid funding through block grants or per capita caps, or eliminate the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion through budget reconciliation legislation.

Lower Out-of-Pocket Costs for Seniors Act Rep. Frank Pallone Jr.

Rep. Richard Neal

NCPSSM supports this legislation.

Would lower prescription drug costs for Medicare beneficiaries under Medicare Part D by making permanent a provision in the Affordable Care Act that limits the growth of the annual out-of-pocket spending threshold. We estimate that unless Congress acts to maintain the current calculation of the out-of-pocket threshold it will increase from $5,100 in 2019 to $6,350 in 2020, meaning some Medicare beneficiaries would have much higher out-of-pocket spending for prescription drugs.

The PRICED Act (H.R.6577) Rep. Jan Schakowsky NCPSSM supports this legislation.

Would save money for Medicare and lower seniors’ out-of-pocket costs by reducing exclusivity for biologics in the United States from twelve years to seven. Reducing the period that a brand manufacturer could exclusively market a drug in the United States would bring competition to the marketplace sooner, driving down the cost of these often prohibitively expensive therapies.

Fair Drug Pricing Act (H.R.6574) Rep. Jan Schakowsky NCPSSM supports this legislation.

Would allow the Secretary of Health & Human Services (HHS) to negotiate prices with pharmaceutical companies when drugs lack sufficient competition and allow the Secretary to set a drug’s price when HHS and drug manufacturers fail to agree on one.

Know the Lowest Price Act

(PASSED)

(S. 2553) Sen. Debbie Stabenow NCPSSM supports this legislation.

Would prohibit health plans and pharmacy benefits managers from inserting gag clauses into their contracts with pharmacists that prohibit them from disclosing to consumers when it costs less to pay out-of-pocket for a drug than it would to use their insurance coverage.

Audiology Patient Choice Act of 2018 (S. 2575) Sen. Elizabeth Warren Sen. Rand Paul NCPSSM supports this legislation. 

Would expand access to hearing health care services for Medicare beneficiaries by allowing audiologists to receive Medicare reimbursement for auditory rehabilitation services.

Medicare Beneficiary Opioid Addiction Treatment Act

(S. 2704)

Sen. Bob Casey Sen. Rob Portman NCPSSM supports this legislation. 

Would provide for coverage of methadone under Medicare Part B.  Currently, Medicare only covers methadone under Part D to be used for pain management.  By adding coverage of methadone under Part B, it would be provided by a physician and could be used as a course of addiction treatment to help hundreds of thousands of Medicare beneficiaries.

Medicare Hearing Aid Coverage Act of 2017 (H.R. 3426) Rep. Debbie Dingell NCPSSM supports this legislation.

The bill would require Medicare to cover hearing examinations and hearing aids.

Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017 (S.670)

(H.R. 1652)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren

Rep. Joseph Kennedy III

NCPSSM supports this legislation.

Would encourage the development of more affordable over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aid devices by requiring that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provide for the regulation of OTC hearing aids within three years of enactment of the bill.

Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act of 2017 (S. 568/H.R. 1421) Sen. Sherrod Brown Rep. Joe Courtney NCPSSM supports this legislation.

Would count a period of receiving outpatient observation services in a hospital toward satisfying the 3-day inpatient hospital requirement for coverage of skilled nursing facility services under Medicare.

Seniors Have Eyes, Ears and Teeth Act (H.R. 508) Rep. Roybal-Allard NCPSSM supports this legislation.

Would help millions of Medicare beneficiaries who need vision, hearing and dental care, which is not covered by Medicare.

Affordable and Safe Prescription Drug Importation Act (S. 469/H.R. 1245) Sen. Bernie Sanders

Rep. Elijah Cummings

NCPSSM supports this legislation.

Would permit wholesalers, licensed pharmacists and individuals to import drugs from Canada, and authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services in two years to allow importation from other advanced countries.

HEALTH CARE AND AGING LEGISLATION

Topic Title/Bill Numbers Sponsors Summary
American Health Care Act of 2017 (H.R. 1628) Rep. Diane Black NCPSSM opposes this legislation.

Repeals the Affordable Care Act, which would weaken Medicare’s solvency leaving it vulnerable to benefit cuts and privatization, threaten access to Medicaid’s long-term care benefits, and require seniors to pay more for less health care coverage.

BUDGET LEGISLATION

Topic Title/Bill Numbers Sponsors Summary
Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Resolution (S. Con. Res. 3) Sen. Michael Enzi NCPSSM opposes this legislation.

This resolution paves the way for repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) which would result in changes in Medicare and Medicaid that would significantly harm older Americans due to reduced health c

are coverage and increased out-of-pocket costs for America’s senior population.

CIVIL RIGHTS LEGISLATION

As we endorse/oppose legislation, it will be posted here.
Topic Title/Bill Numbers Sponsors Summary
Paycheck Fairness Act S. 819

H. R. 1869

Sen. Patty Murray

Rep. Rosa DeLauro

NCPSSM supports this legislation.

Would prevent wage discrimination and help women and their families secure the paychecks they have earned by putting an end to pay secrecy, strengthening workers’ ability to challenge discrimination, and bringing equal pay law into line with other civil rights laws. This would strengthen retirement security for women as they generally work for lower wages due to persistent gender wage discrimination, leading to a smaller Social Security benefit.

ALZHEIMER’S LEGISLATION

Topic Title/Bill Numbers Sponsors Summary

Concentrating on High-Value Alzheimer’s Needs to Get to an End (CHANGE) Act of 2018

(S. 2387) Sen. Shelley Moore Capito Sen. Roger Wicker Sen. Debbie Stabenow Sen. Robert Menendez NCPSSM supports this legislation.

Would help the growing number of Americans suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and their families and caregivers by encouraging early assessment, diagnosis, and testing, facilitating participation in clinical trials, and creating a study to determine regulatory and legislative changes that would accelerate research aimed at preventing, treating and curing Alzheimer’s disease.

Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act (S. 2076) Sen. Susan Collins Sen. Shelley Moore Capito Sen. Catherine Cortez Mastro Sen. Tim Kaine NCPSSM supports this legislation. 

Would create a public health infrastructure to implement effective interventions to combat Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias including prevention, early detection and diagnosis, and treatment.