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Seniors

For decades, Pennsylvanians have paid into Social Security and Medicare with the expectation that, after years of hard work, they would have built a strong retirement. We have a responsibility to ensure our seniors can live their golden years with dignity, good health, safety, and economic security. That is why I will always oppose any budget cuts or efforts to privatize Social Security and Medicare, and why I have made it one of my top priorities in Congress:

Fully fund Social Security and Medicare. Every step of the way, I will continue working to protect Social Security and prevent dangerous cuts to Medicare. Each year that I have been in Congress, I have successfully secured increased funding for the Social Security Administration (SSA) so that SSA offices have the resources they need to serve our senior communities, and I have worked tirelessly to lower health care costs and continue to fight to give Medicare the power to negotiate lower drug prices. We can use those savings to improve Medicare coverage and improve Medicare’s solvency. These are crucial programs that ensure a good quality of life for older Pennsylvanians, and they must be fully funded and expanded.

Protect our seniors in crisis. When Coronavirus became a threat to Pennsylvania’s aging population, my bill to ensure better funding for senior meal programs and ensure their continued ability to deliver meals was signed into law as part of the CARES Act. I also passed a bill to make it easier for Medicare recipients to get in-home health care.

Funding critical senior programs. I am proud to have co-led the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act, which passed the House unanimously –– with both Democrats and Republicans –– and funds critical senior programs, like Meals on Wheels. It also included my amendment to empower local organizations to develop solutions to combat social isolation and incorporate mental health screenings into senior care, which is one of my top priorities.

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