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
Representatives Annie Kuster (D-NH), Christopher Smith (R-NJ) and Maxine Waters (D-CA) have introduced the Understanding Appropriate Alzheimer’s Care Act. This bipartisan legislation would require the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) to implement a study on antipsychotic prescribing practices in non-nursing home settings for individuals with Alzheimer’s.
Funding the Government
Achieving Greater Equality for Women
WASHINGTON, DC— Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01), Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan, and Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) today announced that Easterseals NH will be receiving nearly $1 million from the US Department of Health and Human Services’s Administration for Community Living to help deliver supportive services to people with Alzheimer’s and related dementias. Easterseals NH offers an array of support for seniors, including services for those providing care for individuals with Alzheimer’s, and adult day health care programs.
Speaking at the Concord Memorial Day Ceremony
(Washington, DC) – Today Congresswomen Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) announced their support for the Strengthening Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries Act of 2017. This bipartisan legislation will strengthen and improve Social Security’s representative payee program, which helps nearly 8 million Social Security recipients manage their benefits.
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.