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Years ago, our nation struck a basic bargain with all Americans. We promised that after putting in a lifetime of hard work, after decades of paying into the system, there would be a lifeline available that guaranteed income security and access to healthcare during one's later years in life. 


Joe firmly believes we must honor the commitment and protect the promise of Medicare and Social Security, no matter what. In addition, Joe believes we must do more to ensure Americans can age with the dignity, respect, and high quality of life they deserve. In his first term in Congress, Joe’s legislation to allow older Americans to age comfortably in their own homes was passed into law through the Supporting Older Americans Act of 2020. Joe continues to fight tirelessly to expand access to vital safety-net programs and advance legislation that protect the benefits aging adults are owed.


In Congress, Joe has co-sponsored the following legislation: 

H.R. 5723 Social Security 2100 Act

To increase benefits and ensure Social Security is financially stable through the year 2100 and beyond.

H.R. 3 Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act

Would empower the federal government to negotiate the cost of prescription drugs, reversing years of unfair price hikes and capping seniors' out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs at $2,000 per year.


H.R. 5165, Improving Medicare Coverage Act 

Expands access to Medicare by lowering the age of eligibility to 60.

H.R. 2464, More Help for Seniors Act 

Expands eligibility for low-income subsidies under Medicare Part D.


H.R. 82, Social Security Fairness Act 

Repeals provisions that reduce Social Security Benefits for individuals who receive other benefits, such as a pension from a state or local government.

H.R. 1474, Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Act 

Authorizes grants to expand training and support services for families and caregivers of individuals living with Alzheimer's disease or related dementia.

H.R. 4131, Better Care Better Jobs Act 

Establishes programs and provides funds for state Medicaid programs to improve HCBS, home health care, personal care, case management, and rehab services.

H.R. 23, Emergency Pension Plan Relief Act 

Establishes relief for multiemployer pension plans - passed into law in America Rescue Plan.

H.R. 2898, Homecare for Seniors Act 

The bill would allow older adults to use funds from their health savings accounts for homecare.

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