Seniors and Social Security
WHY DOES SOCIAL SECURITY MATTER?
The COVID pandemic has exacerbated many of the issues Social Security faces.
* For about 1 in 6 seniors, it provides 90 percent or more of their income.
*45% of Black Americans and 52% of Latinx seniors rely on Social Security for all or nearly all of their income.
*Social Security pays monthly benefits to more children than any other federal program.
*Over 9 million veterans received Social Security benefits in 2020.
*Millennials are projected to rely more on Social Security for their retirement security than their parents or grandparents.
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:
Since 2007, Congressman Hank Johnson has helped thousands of residents navigate housing, health care, Social Security, IRS and veterans benefits and surpassed $59.5 million in constituent services.
July 26, 2019, Congressman Hank Johnson introduced bipartisan legislation, the Affordable Prescriptions for Patients Through Improvements to Patent Litigation Act to lower prescription drug costs.
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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DECATUR, GA—Congressman Henry “Hank” Johnson announced today that many Georgians who receive Veterans’ benefits could expect Economic Impact Payments of up to $1,400 hit their bank accounts beginning this week.
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DECATUR, GA — On Wednesday, April 7, 3p.m., Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) is holding an American Rescue Plan (ARP) “Teach-In” event to highlight the life-saving resources contained in the new law. The virtual event will help people understand how they can benefit from the various provisions of the bill by connecting constituents with resources under the plan.
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On Saturday, January 30 at 11 AM, I’m hosting a Zoom town hall on the COVID-19 vaccine distribution. Included on the call will be Dr. Sandra Elizabeth Ford, District Health Director of the DeKalb County Board of Health; Clint Odom, Vice President for Policy and Advocacy, Executive Director, Washington Bureau of National Urban League and Amanda Hollowell, Director of Strategic Campaigns for Georgia Budget and Policy Institute.
We will discuss:
To say 2020 has been a challenging year is an understatement. Many of us have lost loved ones and all of us have faced hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic during this difficult and trying year.
The good news is vaccines are now being administered to frontline and healthcare workers – and will soon be available to senior citizens and people with underlying conditions. By the spring and summer, younger and healthier people should be able to get vaccinated as well.
LITHONIA, GA – Since taking office in 2007, Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) has worked to help secure more than $66 million for constituents seeking help with federal agencies from his offices in Georgia’s 4th Congressional District, which encompasses parts of DeKalb, Gwinnett and Newton counties and all of Rockdale County.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, with the U.S. Postal Service under assault from the Trump Administration, Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) voted to pass H.R. 8015, the Delivering for America Act.
Today, I returned to Washington to vote in support of The Heroes Act, crucial legislation to address the COVID-19 health and economic crisis. Our communities, workers and families urgently need more relief to weather the pandemic.
Many of our frontline heroes are at risk of losing their jobs, even as they risk their lives to care for us.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) applauded passage of historic Families and Workers-First legislation, which will now go to the President’s desk for his signature.
The Congressman was in the Chamber and voted in support of the bill, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief & Economic Security (CARES) Act.