Social Security and Medicare are two of the most successful and popular programs in our country’s history. Together they help to keep millions of Americans healthy and prevent them from falling into poverty. I am committed to finding sensible, long-term solutions to ensure that these essential programs remain viable and available for generations to come. Supporting improved health outcomes for America’s seniors also involves helping them “age with options” – tearing down barriers they might face to aging safely in their homes and communities and helping to reduce the incidence of falls within the home. From introducing bills to increase access to federal home modification resources to supporting legislation that would make it more affordable for family caregivers to support aging loved ones, I am working hard to advance priorities that better support Maine’s vibrant senior population.
- I have worked to lower drug prices for seniors by advocating for legislation that would allow Medicare to negotiate the price of prescription drugs.
- I introduced the bipartisan Senior Home Modification Assistance Act that would help make it easier for seniors to access federal home modification resources that can enable them to age safely and independently at home.
- To increase volunteerism within meal delivery programs and help provide meals to more seniors, I introduced the DELIVER Act, which would increase the tax deduction for the charitable use of a vehicle to deliver meals to homebound seniors and people with disabilities.
- I cosponsored the Credit for Caring Act, which would provide up to a $3,000 tax credit to working family caregivers. This would help make caring for an aging loved one easier and more affordable.
- I have cosponsored several bills to accelerate Alzheimer’s disease research, including the EUREKA Act, which was enacted in 2016. I also supported a 2015 spending bill that included $350 million in Alzheimer’s research funding.
- I cosponsored the Strong Families Act, a bipartisan bill that would provide a tax credit to employers who provide paid family and medical leave. I also support the FAMILY Act, an alternative approach modeled on social insurance programs like Social Security. Whichever approach we take, increasing access to paid leave would allow more Mainers to take leave to care for aging family members.
- Having heard from many current and retired public servants in Maine who are affected by the Social Security Windfall Elimination Provision and Government Pension Offset, I cosponsored the Social Security Fairness Act, which would repeal both provisions.