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SOCIAL SECURITY LEGISLATION

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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

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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.

Prescription Drug and Health Improvement Act of 2017

(S. 348)

Sen. Al Franken

NCPSSM supports this legislation.

Would direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to negotiate prices for specialty drugs, drugs that account for high levels of spending, and those with dramatic price spikes.

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

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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

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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

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ALZHEIMER'S LEGISLATION

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