Our nation owes its success to those who have come before us. Congresswoman Slaughter believes that we must take care of our seniors who have contributed so much to our communities and country. She will remain on the frontlines in the fight to provide our nation’s seniors with the health care and financial support they deserve.
- Preserving Social Security: Congresswoman Slaughter is committed to protecting Social Security as one of the pillars of our social security net. This visionary program provides older Americans with the supplemental income necessary to achieve a healthy, stable retirement and has dramatically reduced poverty among older Americans. Without Social Security, one out of every two seniors would fall into poverty. Congresswoman Slaughter will continue to work to ensure that the people who paid into Social Security get their earned benefits.
- Protecting Medicare: Congresswoman Slaughter believes it is critical that seniors have access to affordable health care when they need it the most. Medicare is a national social insurance program that provides health insurance for Americans aged 65 and older. Congresswoman Slaughter has worked on numerous fronts to ensure seniors are able to turn to Medicare for their health needs without fear of finding their benefits reduced or eliminated.
- Fighting Fraud: Congresswoman Slaughter is dedicated to ensuring seniors are protected from exploitation and scams. It is unconscionable that fraudsters take advantage of older Americans for personal gain. Congresswoman Slaughter will continue working with communities and members of Congress to raise awareness and end these crimes.
- Oppose Cuts to Social Security: In contrast to countless examples of Republican demands to slash Social Security funding, Congresswoman Slaughter has supported legislation to strengthen Social Security. She supports the No Loopholes in Social Security Act, which would lift the $113,700 cap on income subject to Social Security taxes. Currently, while the vast majority of Americans – 94 percent – must make payroll tax contributions on all of their wages, millionaires and billionaires only do so on the first $113,700 of their earnings. Additionally, the legislation would ensure Social Security benefits could be paid in full for the next 75 years by requiring all income above $250,000 to be taxed at the 6.2 percent rate.
- Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) Relief: Congresswoman Slaughter has supported efforts to provide relief to seniors from rising prices through COLA increases. After there was no COLA increase in 2009 or 2010, Congresswoman Slaughter co-sponsored legislation in 2010 that provided a onetime $250 payment to Social Security recipients in the absence of a COLA.
- Affordable Care Act (ACA): Congresswoman Slaughter is proud to have a played a major role in the passage of the ACA in 2010. Since then, she has opposed efforts to repeal, undermine, or defund the law while working to improve it. The ACA is dramatically improving the quality of health care services for seniors, reducing prescription drug costs, and improving access to preventative services. Importantly, the ACA also closed the so-called "donut hole," the gap in coverage under Medicare Part D that has forced seniors to cover some drug costs out of pocket. Since the ACA was enacted, 9.4 million seniors and people with disabilities have saved over $15 billion on prescription drugs, an average of $1,598 per beneficiary. In 2014 alone, nearly 5.1 million seniors and people with disabilities saved $4.8 billion, or an average of $941 per beneficiary.
- Fraud Prevention: Congresswoman Slaughter regularly reaches out to seniors to help connect them with the information and resources they need to avoid scams. She is also committed to convening national stakeholders and consumer protection groups to fight fraudulent activities. Congresswoman Slaughter is leading the fight to protect the financial security of Rochester’s seniors. If you believe you are a victim of fraud, please contact her Rochester office at (585) 232-4850.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, 18 members of the New York Congressional Delegation urged President-elect Donald Trump to consider the catastrophic negative impacts a repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) could have on New York State as Republicans continue to dismantle this landmark law. A repeal of the ACA would cause more than 2.7 million New Yorkers to lose health insurance coverage while throwing our entire health care system into chaos.
WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter today called for the GOP-led Congress to immediately act to protect seniors and people with disabilities from significant increases in their 2016 Medicare Part B premiums and deductibles. Slaughter is pushing legislation that would fix this problem, keeping Medicare Part B premiums and deductibles for all Medicare enrollees at their current, 2015 levels.
To learn more about health care and available plans through Medicare and Medicare Advantage, consider attending a seminar.
Lifespan, which provides nonmedical services for seniors and their caregivers, is offering seminars to explain the basics of Medicare.
• 10 a.m. to noon, Oct. 24, Lifespan, 1900. S. Clinton Ave., Brighton.
• 2-4 p.m. Nov. 4, The Brightonian, 1919 Elmwood Ave., Brighton.
• 1-3 p.m. Nov. 7, The Summit at Brighton, 2000 Summit Circle Drive, Brighton.
• 9-11 a.m., Nov. 11, Lifespan.
From telemarketing scams to stealing personal information over the internet, there are many ways that your money and identity can be stolen. While the Federal Trade Commission is in charge of fighting these scams, as a Member of Congress, I can share valuable information with you to help you from becoming a victim of fraud. Please use these resources, and always think twice before sharing your personal information.