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The Latest News on Social Security and Medicare
7/27/2015

The 2015 Medicare Trustees Report shows that Medicare solvency remains greatly improved since passage of health care reform with the Hospital Trust Fund paying full benefits until 2030 and the increase in per enrollee spending continuing to be lower than overall health spending. Implementation of the Affordable Care Act and other changes in the health care system, including payment and delivery system reforms that emphasize coordinated care especially for people with multiple chronic conditions, incentives that are reducing the rate of hospital readmissions, and a slowdown in payments to hospitals and private Medicare plans, are improving Medicare’s financing. At the same time, millions of Medicare beneficiaries are receiving preventive screenings and wellness visits without copayments and increased help with their prescription drug costs. 

7/24/2015

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.

7/23/2015

Dropping the Social Security cuts from the highway bill is the right thing to do for the millions of Americans who expect their Social Security contributions to stay in the program. Using Social Security as Congress’ ATM to fund unrelated programs takes earned benefits away from retirees, people with disabilities and their families already living on modest incomes.

7/22/2015

No doubt, today’s unsurprising news in the Trustees Reports for Social Security and Medicare will be overshadowed by the same crisis calls we hear each and every year from those determined to cut benefits or privatize the programs.  Today’s reports lay out in clear terms how stable Social Security and Medicare remain. Rather than use the disability program’s projected shortfall as a political opportunity to target the entire Social Security program for cuts, Congress can pass a simple reallocation, as has happened without controversy 11 previous times.  Or, even better, Congress could pass new legislation, introduced today by Rep. Xavier Becerra, to combine the Social Security Trust Funds.  There are ways to avoid a massive benefit cut Americans with disabilities simply cannot afford without targeting the entire Social Security program for cuts.

7/21/2015

On behalf of the millions of members and supporters of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, I am writing to endorse the “One Social Security Act.”  We thank you for introducing this important legislation which, if enacted, would merge the two existing Social Security trust funds into a single unified Social Security Trust Fund. 

7/14/2015

The National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare celebrated Medicare’s anniversary at a Capitol Hill event today with Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI), Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Johns Hopkins researcher, Dr. Frank Lin and a Michigan senior who has hearing loss, urging Congress to allow Medicare to provide hearing aid coverage for millions of older Americans.

7/7/2015

Across the country, seniors and their advocates are preparing to celebrate Medicare’s 50th anniversary on July 30th. And, they have good reason to celebrate. Through the years, with the guidance of health policy experts and support from Congress and the White House, Medicare has proven to be a dynamic program with a successful record of addressing the changing health needs of persons 65 years of age and older. But, for a program which fills a critical need for millions of beneficiaries, the lack of certain coverage which addresses the well-being of the whole person must be a part of the planning strategy for the next 50 years. Hearing, vision and dental services are not currently covered by Medicare. This leaves millions of seniors at a loss to pay for services that are crucial to maintaining a healthy, independent lifestyle.     

6/30/2015

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s decision to add his name to the growing roster of benefit cut candidates running in GOP Presidential primary offers little reassurance to millions of American families who are facing a retirement crisis. He doesn’t live up to his ‘Tell it like it is’ campaign slogan when he avoids the facts about the stability of Social Security and Medicare. 

6/26/2015

Today’s historic Supreme Court ruling touches the lives of millions of Americans and their families in many ways.  It ends the discriminatory patchwork of laws that has given some same-sex partners legal rights that were denied to their neighbors in other states.  

6/25/2015

Today’s Supreme Court decision impacts so many more Americans than just those in federal health exchanges created by Obamacare.  Thankfully, the Court’s ruling today preserves the many benefits and savings that Americans have received through the Affordable Care Act and avoids the damage that could have been done to our entire American health care system. 

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