One of Congresswoman Trahan's top priorities in Congress is advocating on behalf of important issues that impact our senior citizens. Congresswoman Trahan is fighting to protect Social Security, expand Medicare, defend protections for people with preexisting conditions, lower prescription drug prices, and ensure that Americans can retire with both their dignity and pensions intact.
The Older Americans Act (OAA)
Originally passed in 1965, funding for the Older Americans Act (OAA) has not kept pace with the growth of the American population over the age of 60. Not only has OAA funding per senior decreased immensely, but the number of seniors will continue to increase quickly, requiring further aging services. Congresswoman Trahan remains committed to increasing funding for critical services and care to aging Americans and will be supporting this bill when it comes up for a vote.
Inflation Reduction Act
Congresswoman Trahan voted in favor of the Inflation Reduction Act which provided life-changing, and likely life saving, relief to seniors across Massachusetts. High drug costs and healthcare premiums have long barred seniors from accessing necessary treatment. The IRA saves seniors billions by letting Medicare negotiate prices for high-cost drugs, capping out-of-pocket drug costs for Medicare Part D recipients, and ensuring retirees can access affordable healthcare.
The SECURE Act
Congresswoman Trahan has always been an advocate for seniors getting the best resources possible. The SECURE Act, which passed the House in May of 2019, is a major piece of bipartisan legislation that benefits seniors throughout the country. This bill expands and preserves retirement savings, provides administrative improvements to the IRS and related agencies, as well as improves revenue provisions for retirement.
The Social Security 2100 Act
The Social Security 2100 Act will strengthen the Social Security program by giving beneficiaries a boost in their monthly benefits, while assuring the program is stable and sufficient for current and future generations.
Social Security Fairness Act
The Social Security Fairness Act would repeal the Government Pension Offset and the Windfall Elimination Provision provision which are short-changing beneficiaries. We must ensure fairness when it comes to government employees like teachers, firefighters, and police officers accessing the benefits they’ve earned.
Disability Integration Act
This legislation prohibits the government from denying community-based services to individuals with disabilities that require long-term service. The act requires government entities and insurance providers to provide community-based services to individuals with such disabilities. These regulations also require the government to ensure affordable, accessible, and integrated housing that is not a disability-specific residential setting or a setting where services are tied to tenancy, providing seniors a better quality of life.