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The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare has endorsed the Medicare Drug Savings Act (S. 1083, H.R. 2005), introduced by Senator Bill Nelson (FL) and Representative Kathy Castor (FL). This legislation would require drug manufacturers to pay rebates for the drugs used by individuals who are dually eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid and for people receiving the Medicare Part D Low-Income Subsidy (LIS). 

Established in 1965, Medicaid is the largest public health insurance program in the United States, covering over 80 million people in 2014. Medicaid provides health insurance coverage to multiple low-income populations, assistance to low-income Medicare beneficiaries, long-term services and supports (LTSS) to seniors and people with disabilities and support to safety net hospitals and health centers.

Medicaid is a lifeline to nearly 70 million low-income Americans, providing health insurance, assistance with Medicare premiums, long-term services and supports, and financial aid to safety net hospitals and health centers. Seniors, people with disabilities, and many from communities of color rely heavily on Medicaid benefits to survive. Despite Medicaid’s importance to our nation’s most vulnerable members of society, some policymakers want to cut Medicaid funding by imposing a “per capita cap” or “block grant” system.

Medicaid provides public health insurance to seniors, people with disabilities and children with low incomes. Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), since 2014, states can receive generous federal funding to expand Medicaid coverage to uninsured adults with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level ($27,724 for a family of three). Currently, 30 states and the District of Columbia have opted for Medicaid expansion, while several other states are exploring ways to expand their programs. States should be encouraged to expand their Medicaid programs, which would benefit low-income adults, hospitals, and local economies. An expanded Medicaid program.


On February 9, 2016, President Obama submitted his Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 budget to Congress. This paper summarizes some of the key proposals affecting seniors. 



As the second session of the 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.

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