Safeguarding Social Security and Medicare
“Seniors deserve a high quality of life with access to the full benefits and resources that they have earned throughout their years of contributing to the economy and their communities. Social Security and Medicare are essential to ensuring that older Granite Staters and Americans have the support that they need to continue leading active and fulfilling lives. I will keep fighting to protect and strengthen the long-term viability of Social Security and Medicare, while also championing efforts to better support seniors in every aspect of their lives.” – Senator Hassan
Senator Hassan strongly opposes any attempt to privatize Medicare, turn Medicare into a voucher program, or increase the Medicare eligibility age. The Senator will also continue standing up against attempts to privatize or cut Social Security or raise the retirement age.
As part of her efforts to strengthen Medicare and lower prescription drug costs, Senator Hassan supports allowing Medicare to negotiate the best possible price for prescription drugs to cut costs for the nearly 43 million seniors enrolled in Medicare Part D.
The Senator is also focused on additional efforts to address older Americans’ varied health care needs. She successfully worked to pass a measure, which is now law, to increase access to hearing aids by making hearing aids available over the counter for those with mild to moderate hearing loss. She also cosponsored legislation, which is now law, to establish centers of excellence to help support caregivers and inform the public about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, which will improve early detection, treatment, and care.
When a loved one becomes ill, it usually falls to a family member or close friend to exit the workforce to take over as caregiver - and as result, caregivers can lose years of retirement savings and Social Security contributions. To ensure that these caregivers can still have a secure retirement, Senator Hassan supports creating a Social Security Caregiver credit and providing modest retirement compensation to individuals who leave the workforce or reduce their hours to care for a loved one. She also supports making it easier for small businesses to offer retirement plans and for employees to save for retirement.
Senator Hassan strongly opposes efforts to undermine the Medicaid program – in part because of the devastating impact it would have on seniors – and supports efforts to protect Medicaid and Medicare by requiring a supermajority in Congress (60 votes) to make major changes to these critical health care programs.
Additionally, Senator Hassan fought against the Trump Administration’s efforts to change Medicaid into a per capita system, which would massively cut the Medicaid programs that millions of seniors across the country depend on to stay in nursing homes and to receive in-home care. She also opposed President Trump’s attempts to implement an “age tax” that would allow health insurance plans to charge older adults up to five times more than younger people.
To protect seniors who are vulnerable to financial exploitation and fraud, Senator Hassan also introduced bipartisan legislation to encourage banks and legal organizations to better identify - and prevent - the financial exploitation of older citizens.
Senator Hassan will continue fighting to ensure that older Granite Staters and Americans have the support and resources that they need to remain active participants in our economic and civic life.
January 29, 2020
Senators Hassan, Shaheen Join Colleagues in Calling on President Trump to Publicly Commit to Protecting Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, and Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined their colleagues in calling on President Trump to retract statements that he made last week saying that he would be open to cutting earned benefits like Medicare or Social Security following the 2017 Republican tax law, which provided massive tax giveaways to multi-national corporations and the ultra-wealthy. The letter was led by Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH).Read More
December 17, 2019
Collins, Hassan Legislation to Help Americans Save for Retirement Included in Year-End Appropriations Package
Washington, D.C.-U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) announced today that several provisions from the Retirement Security Act of 2019 they introduced earlier this year were included in the final Appropriations agreement. The agreement was passed by the House today. Once passed by the Senate, the bill will proceed to the President’s desk to be signed into law.Read More
November 08, 2019
Senator Hassan Cosponsors Bipartisan Bill to Expand Access to Assistive Technology for Seniors and People Experiencing Disabilities
WASHINGTON - Senator Maggie Hassan is cosponsoring a bipartisan bill, led by Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine and Democratic Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, to help expand access to affordable assistive technology for seniors and individuals who experience disabilities. Assistive technology includes items such as hearing aids, wheelchair ramps, or devices to help individuals who are non-verbal to communicate.Read More
October 02, 2019
WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) today released statements applauding the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) action against 35 individuals for their alleged participation in a Medicare genetic testing fraud scheme involving $2.1 billion in losses, and the departments’ new effort to target genetic testing fraud schemes nationwide. This action comes a month after the group of Senators contacted DOJ and DHS to highlight and request action on the issue.
August 14, 2019
WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) have called on Attorney General Barr and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to protect seniors being targeted by the latest scam on Medicare recipients. There have been recent reports that criminals are targeting seniors by offering genetic testing they claim is covered by Medicare.Read More
May 14, 2019
Senator Hassan Highlights Importance of Making it Easier For Americans to Save for Retirement During Senate Finance Hearing
WASHINGTON - Senator Maggie Hassan highlighted today the importance of making it easier for Americans to save for retirement. The Senator recently cosponsored a bill – led by the Ranking Member of the Finance Committee, Ron Wyden (D-OR) – to allow employees who make student loan payments to receive an employer match into their retirement accounts for those payments.Read More
April 03, 2019
WASHINGTON - Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, applauded the unanimous Senate passage yesterday of bipartisan legislation to help improve Medicaid, which includes a provision backed by Senator Hassan to close a loophole that allows the pharmaceutical industry to exploit taxpayer dollars. The bipartisan Medicaid Services Investment and Accountability Act of 2019 passed the House of Representatives last month and now heads to the President’s desk for a signature.Read More