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. 

MEDICARE FRAUD
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. 

More on Seniors and Social Security

October 9, 2020 Press Release

LITHONIA, GA – Since taking office in 2007, Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) has worked to help secure more than $61 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.

August 22, 2020 Press Release

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. 

May 17, 2020 E-newsletters

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.

March 27, 2020 Press Release

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.

March 6, 2020 Press Release

Rep. Johnson Re-Affirms His Commitment to Lowering Drug Prices, Protecting Pensions and Fighting Scammers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) received a 100 percent score from the Alliance for Retired Americans, who released their Congressional Voting Record this month for the first session of the 116th Congress.

January 20, 2020 Press Release

ATLANTA, GA – Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) delivered the following remarks at the 52nd annual MLK, Jr. Commemorative Service:

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“To deny a person the right to exercise their political freedom at the polls,” said Dr. King, “Is no less a dastardly act as to deny a Christian the right to petition God in prayer.”

Standing here with you today in this sacred space, the wisdom of Dr. King’s words, ring true.

October 28, 2019 E-newsletters

Dear Friends,

 

Thank you to everyone who attended our town halls this month in Conyers and Covington or who tuned in on our Facebook live feed. We had four successful town halls in every county in the Fourth District, and I thank everyone who participated. We had four excellent discussions on the issues of the day. I’ll be conducting telephone town halls in the near future, and we’re holding a Twitter town hall on Nov. 6 from 3:30-4:40 PM. I’ll have more details on those upcoming town halls soon.

 

October 23, 2019 In The News

Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) has commissioned more than 30 local officials and representatives to serve as a Complete Count Committee to help spread the word about the importance of the 2020 U.S. Census.

October 22, 2019 Press Release

DECATUR, GA—Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) has commissioned more than 30 local officials and representatives to serve as a Complete Count Committee to help spread the word about the importance of the 2020 U.S. Census.

September 27, 2019 Press Release

Since 2007, Congressman’s office helps thousands of residents navigate housing, health care, Social Security, IRS and veterans benefits

           

LITHONIA, GA – Since taking office in 2007, Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) has worked to help secure more than $61 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.

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Recent Votes

Date Roll Call Bill Vote
10/2/2020 218 H.RES.1154 Yea
10/2/2020 217 H.RES.1153 Yea
10/1/2020 216 H.RES.1164 Yea
10/1/2020 215 H.RES.1164 Yea
10/1/2020 214 H.R.925 Yea