For decades, Medicare and Social Security have been economic pillars in supporting our middle class seniors. Granite State seniors have worked hard their entire lives as they raised their families, strengthened our country, and paid into these vital programs.
I am committed to working towards sensible steps to ensure Social Security’s solvency long into the future. There are almost 200,000 people over the age of 65 in New Hampshire – a significant population that deserves the respect and attention of its representatives and lawmakers. Social Security benefits alone add more than $2 billion dollars annually to the New Hampshire economy. Social Security has lifted millions of senior citizens out of poverty and provided financial security for generations of widowed spouses, children, and people with disabilities.
Ensuring seniors and individuals with disabilities have access to quality and affordable care is one of my primary concerns. By enacting smart fiscal reforms we can preserve the future of Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security without compromising the benefits on which senior citizens and vulnerable families rely.
That is why I am taking the following steps to stand up for New Hampshire’s seniors:
- Defending and Strengthening the Social Safety Net: Our nation’s commitment to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security reflects our commitment to the sick, elderly, and vulnerable among us. Shortly after taking the oath of office, I told the President that I will reject cuts to benefits for Americans in these critical programs. I also am a cosponsor of the Seniors Have Eyes, Ears, and Teeth Act (H.R. 3308), which would expand Medicare coverage to include eyeglasses, hearing aids, and dental care; as well as a cosponsor to the FAST Act (H.R.2799), which would expand access to telehealth services for stroke victims under Medicare to urban and suburban areas.
- Supporting Independent Living: I am a cosponsor of the Senior Accessible Housing Act (H.R. 5254), which would create a nonrefundable personal tax credit of up to $30,000 for senior citizens who modify their residences to enhance their ability to remain living safely, independently, and comfortably in their home.
- Standing up for Social Security and Veterans Benefits: I will not vote to cut benefits to these vital social programs. Working together, both parties must ensure that New Hampshire families can continue to count on these programs for generations to come. I am a cosponsor of a resolution (H.Con.Res 34) expressing that the Chained Consumer Price Index, which would lower benefits for seniors, should not be used to calculate cost of living adjustments for Social Security and veterans benefits.
- Negotiating for Lower Prescription Drug Prices: One reform we should make is to allow the federal government to negotiate for cheaper prescription drug prices for Medicare beneficiaries. I am a cosponsor of the Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act (H.R. 1102), which would make this common sense and fiscally responsible reform.
- Cracking Down on Fraud: I am a cosponsor of the Savings, Accountability, Value, and Efficiency (SAVE) Act (H.R. 1999), bipartisan legislation to cut wasteful federal spending by tens of billions of dollars. Among its many reforms, this bill would empower the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to better find and eliminate fraud through data collection and analysis. In addition, I voted yes on the Ensuring Terminated Providers are Removed from Medicaid and CHIP Act (H.R. 3716), which would require states to notify the Health and Human Services Department of health care providers who are terminated from the State’s Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance (CHIP) program because of fraud.
More on Protecting Seniors
It’s been an extremely productive week here in the Granite State, and I wanted to share some of what I have been doing with you.
This week President Trump released his proposed budget for 2018. Let me tell you, it’s left me very concerned about his priorities and the potential impact it could have on hard working Granite State families. His preliminary budget proposal is simply a disaster for our economy, environment, and for seniors; just to name a few. This budget proposal should raise red flags for anyone who wants to grow our middle class, create good paying jobs, protect human health and our environment, and fight climate change.
(Washington, DC) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) released the following statement on the preliminary budget proposal released by President Trump for Fiscal Year 2018:
(Washington, DC) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) released the following statement on President Trump address to a Joint Session of Congress:
It’s been a very busy and historic few weeks both at home in the Granite State, and throughout the entire country. The peaceful transition of power from each presidential administration is a pillar of our democracy, and regardless of what party you belong to, it is important to try and find areas of common ground where policies can be advanced to benefit hardworking American families. I am ready to get to work with the new administration to focus on the needs of Granite Staters and for the United States as a whole.
To the Editor:
Here in New Hampshire, you would have to look pretty hard to find a family that doesn’t have a woman that has sacrificed her career to be a caregiver for a loved one. Many people don’t realize that in order to be a home caregiver, you’re losing out on Social Security benefits.
All three members of the Congressional delegation on hand — Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat of Madbury, Sen. Kelly Ayotte, a Republican of Nashua, and Congresswoman Annie Kuster, a Democrat of Hopkinton — said that they are determined to implement the new Veterans Choice Card — part of the VA Reform Bill — so that it will actually allow qualified vets "in the system" who live more than 20 miles from the White River Junction VA Medical Center to receive private sector medical care at a local hospital, clinic or medical services office.