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The Latest News on Social Security and Medicare

As the new 114th Congress begins its work, we've detailed a myriad of legislative priorities which would continue to build and strengthen Social Security and Medicare's historic legacy for current and future beneficiaries. 

We urged the President to support Social Security reallocation, as has happened without controversy 11 previous times, to avoid a massive benefit cut Americans with disabilities simply cannot afford. Today’s comment from the White House in support of this simple administrative fix is encouraging but we hope the President will reaffirm that position without any qualification in the State of the Union and use that opportunity to take a bold stand against these Social Security shenanigans in the House

Today's unprecedented House proposal preventing a routine rebalancing of the Social Security Disability Trust Funds puts politics ahead of policy and partisanship ahead of people.  This House Rules change would allow a 20% benefit cut for millions of disabled Americans unless there are broader Social Security benefit cuts or tax increases improving the solvency of the combined trust funds.  It is difficult to believe that there is any purpose to this unprecedented change to House Rules other than to cut benefits for Americans who have worked hard all their lives, paid into Social Security, and rely on their Social Security benefits, including Disability, in order to survive.

On behalf of the millions of members and supporters of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, I am writing to express our strong opposition to the multiemployer provision included in H.R. 83, the Fiscal Year 2015 Omnibus Appropriations Bill.

On behalf of the millions of members and supporters of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, I am writing to express our continued enthusiastic support for the nomination of Carolyn W. Colvin to serve as Commissioner of Social Security, and urge that you vote to confirm her nomination.

NCPSSM Board Chair, Dr. Catherine Dodd, testified before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee today on the economic challenges facing America’s older women.  22 million older women receive Social Security benefits yet the inequalities they face threaten their retirement security.  The National Committee’s Eleanor’s Hope initiative urges Congress to pass a number of improvements to the program including: providing Social Security credits for caregivers, improving Social Security survivor benefits, equalizing Social Security’s rules for disabled widows, strengthening the Social Security Cost of Living Allowance and boosting the basic Social Security benefit of all current and future beneficiaries.

About 22 million women aged 65 and older receive Social Security benefits.  A woman who reaches age 65 can expect to live an additional 20 years.  For these women, Social Security represents a vitally important source of income, and is often their only available hedge against inflation.  Without Social Security, over half of these women would be living in poverty.  Even with Social Security, 11 percent of older women still live in poverty; for widows, the rate is worse, at 15 percent.  This is 50 percent higher than the poverty rate for all people 65 and older.

On behalf of the millions of members and supporters of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, I am writing to urge you to vote for the bill, H.R. 5739, the "No Social Security for Nazis Act."  

Dan Adcock discusses impact of Alzheimer's on Medicare/ Medicaid on WGN TV 

National Committee Senior Legislative Representative,  Web Phillips, NCPSSM Member Kathy Murphy and Lambda Legal Attorney Susan Sommer talks about the lawsuit filed against the Social Security Administration on “Make it Plain w/Mark Thompson.”  The lawsuit argues that denying social security benefits to same-sex spouses just because they live in states that discriminate against  their marriages violates the U.S. Constitution.
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