Seniors and Social Security
SOCIAL SECURITY SOLVENCY
As it stands today, Social Security will be solvent through 2037. Those who advocate making huge cuts to Social Security to balance the budget are misguided. Social Security is an essential social safety net, providing critical income to more 53 million retirees, workers with disabilities, spouses and their children. Congress must not grant huge tax cuts to the wealthy and tax subsidies to large corporations, and then try to balance the budget on the backs of our seniors.
DEFICIT REDUCTION AND SOCIAL SECURITY
The United States faces fiscal challenges, and we must find creative ways to cut spending and increase revenues over coming decades. But a civilized nation does not balance its budgets by abandoning seniors. There are plenty of places to cut the deficit: the bloated defense budget, wasteful subsidies to powerful industries, and unwarranted tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, for example. We cannot balance the budget on the backs of our seniors.
Hank joins seniors and all Americans in opposing Medicare fraud. Medicare fraud robs our seniors of quality health care and increases costs for all taxpayers. Hank voted for health care reform that gives Medicare new authority to uncover waste, fraud, and abuse. Specifically, reform provided $700 million to fight fraud, allows CMS to conduct background checks and site visits to expose fraudulent providers, and creates new penalties for submitting false data to Medicare or Medicaid. Passing the health reform law was the first step, but cutting out the fraud will be in the implementation of the law. Hank will vigorously monitor CMS's efforts in this area to protect America's seniors.
ACCESS TO DOCTORS UNDER MEDICARE
Too many doctors are continuing to close their doors to Medicare patients because Medicare continues to cut reimbursements. Hank understand how important it is to see the doctor of your choice, and that is why he voted for legislation to fix the broken formula, which cuts doctors payments and makes it harder for seniors to see their doctor. Congress must make this issue a priority.
WHAT IS YOUR PLAN TO HELP OLDER WORKERS GET BACK TO WORK AND TO IMPROVE ECONOMIC SECURITY FOR PEOPLE OF ALL GENERATIONS?
The federal government has to support retraining and continuing education programs so older workers can adapt in a rapidly changing global economy. Congress also needs to strengthen the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, which was recently weakened by the Supreme Court, to protect older workers and job applicants from discrimination.
Hank’s Fair Employment Act of 2011 would also address discrimination against older workers.
What Congressman Johnson Has Done:
- Cosponsored H.R. 849, the Protecting Seniors Access to Medicare Act, which amends the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) to terminate the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). Under PPACA, the IPAB was tasked with developing proposals to reduce the per capita rate of growth in Medicare spending.
- Cosponsored H.R. 3178, the Medicare Part B Improvement Act of 2017. This bill contains several bipartisan measures to improve Medicare services, including expanded access, efficiency, and the reduction of administrative requirements for licensed providers.
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I’m hosting a series of town halls throughout the Fourth District to hear your thoughts and concerns on the issues most important to you. All events will be held from 6 to 7:30 PM. I’m holding my first town hall of the series at the Lou Walker Senior Center on Tuesday, August 13th. On Thursday, September 5th I’ll be at Snellville City Hall. On Tuesday, October 8, I’ll be at the Rockdale Career Academy and on Thursday, October 10th I’ll be at the Newton County Courthouse.
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DECATUR, GA – Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04), is hosting his “Moving The Fourth Forward” town hall series at four locations throughout Georgia’s Fourth Congressional District from 6 – 7:30 p.m., to hear the thoughts and opinions of his constitutes on a wide range of issues.
Who: Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04)
What: Moving The Fourth Forward Town Hall Series
When: Tuesday, August 13, Lou Walker Senior Center, 2538 Panola Road in Lithonia;
Johnson, House colleagues seeks answers after Georgia Department of Community Health temporarily cut off Medicaid benefits to thousands of elderly and disabled Georgians
DECATUR, GA – Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04), chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet, is seeking answers from Georgia officials after Georgia Department of Community Health temporarily cut off Medicaid benefits recently to thousands of elderly and disabled Georgians.
DECATUR, GA — On Monday, May 13, Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04), will host the 2019 Resources Fair for constituents looking to not only launch and better their career, but also better their lives and receive valuable information about a range of organizations who may be able to help people throughout Georgia’s 4th District and the entire state.
For the full program, click HERE
Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) has been named by Goodwill Industries International as a 2019 Policymaker Leader.
Johnson is receiving the award for demonstrating tremendous support of Goodwill’s public policy and legislative agenda, including criminal justice reform and workforce development.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) has been recognized by Goodwill Industries International (GII) as a 2019 Policymaker Leader.
Rep. Johnson is receiving the award for demonstrating tremendous support of Goodwill’s public policy and legislative agenda, including criminal justice reform and workforce development.
Congressman receives 100% on Humane Scorecard for 115th Congress
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04), a senior member of the Judiciary Committee, announced Wednesday that he received a 100% from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the Humane Society Legislative Fund for his voting record, co-sponsorship of legislation and leadership in helping prevent cruelty to animals.
But U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Lithonia, said federal funding for MARTA could be in jeopardy if the FTA finds the agency acted improperly.
"We're expanding our transit system," Johnson told Channel 2 Action News Tuesday. "It's very important for Georgia's economic future, and it should not be jeopardized by failure to comply with federal law."
We held an informative and excellent public discussion on the issues that Fourth District residents are most concerned about during our August 7th telephone town hall. We called 100,000 constituents to discuss the issues of the day. To listen to the live, 1-hour event, click HERE. The good news is if you missed our previous telephone town halls, I’ll be hosting another live access event soon. To sign up for future events, click HERE.