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SOCIAL SECURITY LEGISLATION

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Resolution adopting rules for the One Hundred Fifteenth Congress House Resolution 5

(H.R. 5)

 Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)

 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.

Strengthening Social Security Act of 2016

Rep. Linda Sanchez

NCPSSM supports this legislation.

Would extend the solvency of both Social Security trust funds, while making needed improvements, such as adding a gradual across-the-board increase in the amount of Social Security benefits, adopting the CPI-E to determine cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) for beneficiaries, and improving the fairness of survivor benefits.

Fair COLA for Seniors Act of 2016

(H.R. 5342)

Rep. Rick Nolan

NCPSSM supports this legislation.

Would offer Social Security beneficiaries a one-time emergency benefit payment equal to a 3.9 percent pay raise in response to no cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for 2016, and adopt the Consumer Price Index for Elderly Consumers (CPI-E).

Social Security Caregiver Credit Act of 2016

(S. 2721)

Sen. Christopher Murphy

NCPSSM supports this legislation.

Would create a credit that would be added to an individual’s earnings to calculate their future Social Security benefits for individuals who have left the workforce to act as caregivers for at least 80 hours per month.

Social Security 2100 Act

(H.R. 1391)

(S. 1904)

Sen. Blumenthal

Rep. John Larson

NCPSSM supports this legislation.

Strengthens Social Security’s financing and provides 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.

Social Security & Marriage Equality Act of 2015 (SAME Act)

(H.R. 1404)

(S. 753)

Sen. Patty Murray

Sen. Tammy Baldwin

NCPSSM supports this legislation.

Amends the Social Security Act by clarifying that same-sex married couples, who live in states that do not recognize their marriages or civil unions, would be eligible to receive Social Security benefits.

Social Security Commission Act

(H.R. 1578)

Rep. John Delaney

NCPSSM opposes this legislation.

Would require a proposed Social Security Commission to make recommendations for achieving solvency of the Social Security trust funds for 75 years, while expediting Congress’s consideration of the Commission’s recommendations for the purpose of limiting the participation of Social Security stakeholders and advocates in the legislative debate.

One Social Security Act

(H.R. 3150)

Rep. Xavier Becerra

NCPSSM supports this legislation.

Merges the two existing Social Security trust funds – the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance and Disability Insurance Trust Funds – into a single unified Social Security Trust Fund.

Social Security Caregiver Credit Act of 2015

(H.R. 3377)

Rep. Nita Lowey

NCPSSM supports this legislation.

Amends Title II of the Social Security Act to credit prospectively individuals serving as caregivers of dependent relatives with deemed wages for up to five years of such service.

Social Security Fairness Act of 2015

(S. 1651) (H.R. 973)

Sen. Sherrod Brown Rep. Rodney Davis

NCPSSM supports this legislation.

Would repeal the Government Pension Offset (GPO) and Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP), which unfairly reduce the benefits of federal, state and local public service employees.

Social Security Earned Benefits Payment Act

Sen. Ron Wyden

NCPSSM supports this legislation.

Would reallocate a modest part of payroll taxes to the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) trust fund to ensure full benefits are paid through 2034.

Social Security (Payroll cap and benefit improvements)

(H. Res. 393)

Rep. Jan Schakowsky

NCPSSM supports this legislation.

A resolution expressing support for protecting and expanding Social Security while fairly and responsibly securing the program’s long-term future.

Seniors & Veterans Emergency Benefits Act (SAVE Benefits Act)

(S. 2251 H.R. 4144)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren

NCPSSM supports this legislation.

Would offer Social Security beneficiaries a one-time emergency benefit payment equal to a 3.9 percent pay raise in response to no cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for 2016.

Social Security Expansion Act

(S. 731)

Sen. Bernie Sanders

NCPSSM supports this legislation.

The Social Security Expansion Act would extend the solvency of Social Security through 2074, 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.

MEDICARE LEGISLATION

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Seniors Have Eyes, Ears and Teeth Act

(H.R. 508)

Rep. Roybal-Allard

NCPSSM supports this legislation. 

This legislation would expand Medicare coverage to include eyeglasses, hearing aids, and dental care.

Medigap Consumer Protection Act of 2016

(H.R. 6265)

Rep. Jim McDermott

NCPSSM supports this legislation.

Would improve access to Medigap for seniors and disabled individuals in the traditional Medicare program who rely on supplemental Medigap insurance coverage to pay for Medicare’s high out-of-pocket costs.

Medicare Affordability and Enrollment Act of 2016

(S. 3371) (H.R. 6109)

Sen. Ron Wyden Rep. Frank Pallone

NCPSSM supports this legislation.

Would cap out-of-pocket costs in traditional Medicare, update and improve the Medicare enrollment process by reducing penalties and roadblocks for those seeking coverage, and make the program more equitable for lower-income seniors and individuals with disabilities, among other steps to improve Medicare for beneficiaries.

Fair Accountability and Innovative Research Drug Pricing Act of 2016

(S. 3335)

Sen. Tammy Baldwin

NCPSSM supports this legislation.

Would require drug manufacturers to be more transparent about their justification for drug price increases over 10 percent by, among other things, requiring them to report their spending on a drug’s research and development as well as their profits on a drug each year since its approval.

Independence at Home Act of 2016

(S. 3130)

Sen. Ed Markey

NCPSSM supports this legislation.

Would expand the highly successful Independence at Home demonstration project that has been providing home-based primary care to nearly 10,000 elders with severe chronic illness and disability over the last four years.

BENES Act of 2016

(S. 3236 H.R. 5772)

Sen. Bob Casey Rep. Raul Ruiz

NCPSSM supports this legislation. Would provide education and enrollment assistance to current and future Medicare beneficiaries.

Medicare CGM Access Act of 2015

(S. 804)

Sen. Susan Collins

NCPSSM supports this legislation.

Would provide Medicare coverage of continuous glucose monitoring devices for beneficiaries with diabetes who meet specified medical criteria.

Price Relief, Innovation and Competition for Essential Drugs (PRICED) Act

Rep. Jan Schakowsky

NCPSSM supports this legislation.

Would reduce the market exclusivity period for biologics from its current 12 years to seven years, which would lower costs for both the Medicare program and seniors directly.

Medicare Dental, Vision, and Hearing Benefit Act of 2016

(H.R. 5396)

Rep. Jim McDermott

NCPSSM supports this legislation.

Would strengthen Medicare for beneficiaries by expanding it to provide comprehensive coverage of dental, vision, and hearing care.

Medicare Identity Theft Prevention Act of 2015

(H.R. 380)

Rep. Sam Johnson

Rep. Lloyd Doggett

LEGISLATION ENACTED

NCPSSM supports this legislation.

Requires the removal of Social Security numbers from Medicare cards as a way to prevent identity theft and/or of having fraudulent benefit claims submitted to the Medicare program.

Comprehensive Dental Reform Act of 2015

(S. 570) (H.R. 1055)

Sen. Bernard Sanders

Rep. Elijah Cummings

NCPSSM supports this legislation.

Extends comprehensive dental coverage to all Medicare, Medicaid, and VA beneficiaries

Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act

(H.R. 2)

Sen. Ben Cardin Sen. Michael Bennet Sen. John Conryn Sen. Mike Lee

NCPSSM opposes the overall legislation and Sens. John Cornyn and Mike Lee’s amendments, while supporting Sens. Michael Bennet and Ben Cardin’s amendments.

Would pay for a change in Medicare reimbursement to doctors by further means testing Medicare Part B and D premiums and requiring Medigap plans to have a deductible.

The Trade Act of 2015

(H.R. 1314)

Rep. Patrick Meehan

NCPSSM opposes the overall legislation.

The Trade Act of 2015 would cut Medicare by extending payment reductions to physicians and insurance companies through 2024, as well as changing Medicare coverage and payment for dialysis services. In addition, provisions would expedite congressional consideration of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that could restrict the ability for the United States and other countries to manage prescription drug and medical device prices in public programs.

Medicare Hearing Aid Coverage Act of 2015

(H.R. 1653)

Rep.Debbie Dingell

NCPSSM supports this legislation.

The Medicare Hearing Aid Coverage Act would provide Medicare coverage for the cost of hearing aids and examinations.

Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act of 2015

(H.R. 1571) (S. 843)

Sen. Sherrod Brown

Rep. Joe Courtney

NCPSSM supports this legislation.

Counts days in “observation status,” rather than inpatient status, toward meeting the three-day prior hospitalization requirement for skilled nursing facility (SNF) eligibility.

Seniors Have Eyes, Ears, and Teeth Act

(H.R. 3308)

Rep. Alan Grayson

NCPSSM supports this legislation.

Would expand Medicare coverage for the millions of beneficiaries who need vision, hearing and dental care.

Personal Drug Importation Fairness Act

(H.R. 2623)

Rep. Keith Ellison

NCPSSM supports this legislation.

Would establish policies for the safe reimportation of pharmaceutical drugs by individuals for their personal use.

The Prescription Drug Affordability Act

(S. 2023)

Sen. Bernie Sanders

NCPSSM supports this legislation.

Requires Medicare to negotiate drug prices under the Medicare Part D prescription drug program. Allows for importation of prescription drugs from licensed Canadian pharmacies. Requires manufactures to provide a rebate to the federal government for drugs covered under Medicare Part D for low-income Medicare beneficiaries. Requires generic drug manufacturers to pay an additional rebate to Medicaid if their drug prices rise faster than inflation. Closes the Medicare Part D donut hole for brand and generic drugs by 2017; and prohibits anti-competitive “pay-for-delay” arrangements between brand and generic drug makers.

Medicare Fair Drug Pricing Act

(H.R. 4207)

Rep. Jan Schakowsky

NCPSSM supports this legislation.

The Medicare Fair Drug Pricing Act would allow the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to negotiate prices with pharmaceutical companies when drugs lack sufficient competition.

HEALTH CARE AND AGING LEGISLATION

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Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Resolution

(S. Con. Res. 3)  

Sen. Michael Enzi (R-WY)

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.  

Older Americans Reauthorization Act of 2015

(S. 192)

Sen. Lamar Alexander

Sen. Patty Murray

Sen. Bernie Sanders

NCPSSM supports this legislation.

Reinforces core programs which enable older adults to remain as independent as possible, while adding measures to protect against elder abuse, strengthen long-term care ombudsman services and focus on fall prevention and chronic disease self-management to promote healthy living.

Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act of 2015

(S. 578)

Sen. Susan Collins

Sen. Chuck Schumer

NCPSSM supports this legislation.

Improves access to Medicare home health care services, which potentially prevent hospital and nursing home admissions, by authorizing nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified nurse-midwives and physician assistants – in addition to physicians – as eligible health care professionals who can certify patient eligibility for Medicare home health care services.

Repeal of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

(H.R. 596)

Rep. Bradley Byrne

NCPSSM opposes this legislation.

This bill repeals the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and restores provisions of law that were amended by the ACA.

HOPE Alzheimer's Act of 2015

(H.R. 1559)

Rep. Christopher Smith

NCPSSM supports this legislation.

Would provide Medicare coverage of a care-management planning session to help people who are newly diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and their family members.

BUDGET LEGISLATION

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House Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Resolution

(H. Con. Res. 27)

House of Representatives

NCPSSM opposes this legislation.

Cuts the social insurance safety net, while giving massive tax cuts to the very wealthy (without explaining how to make them deficit-neutral).

Senate Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Resolution

(S. Con. Res. 11)

Senate

NCPSSM opposes this legislation.

Threatens to shift costs to Medicare beneficiaries, cuts Medicaid for the most vulnerable and repeals Medicaid expansion, removes improvements added by the Affordable Care Act and could lead to cuts in Supplemental Security Income.

CIVIL RIGHTS LEGISLATION

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The Paycheck Fairness Act

(S. 862)

Sen. Barbara Mikulski

Rep. Rosa DeLauro

NCPSSM supports this legislation.

The Paycheck Fairness Act closes the loopholes that have allowed pay discrimination to continue since the passage of the Equal Pay Act in 1963, more fully empowering employees to challenge and eliminate pay discrimination in the workplace.

ALZHEIMER'S LEGISLATION

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Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Act

(S. 3113)

Sen. Amy Klobuchar

NCPSSM supports this legislation. Would provide vital support and training to people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other causes of dementia and to their caregivers.

Alzheimer’s Beneficiary and Caregiver Support Act

(S. 3137)

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito

NCPSSM supports this legislation. Would improve the quality of life for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other causes of dementia, support family care partners, and reduce costs to federal and state health programs.


 
   
   
   

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