Protecting Medicare and Social Security for seniors today and our children tomorrow is a top priority for Congressman Pascrell. Since its creation in 1965, Medicare has dramatically increased insurance coverage, improved access to care, and saved millions of lives. Similarly, Social Security has prevented many seniors from facing poverty and has preserved the dignity of life after retirement.
As a member of the Ways and Means Committee, which oversees both Medicare and Social Security, Bill helped to write the historic health reform bill to lower costs under Medicare by making certain preventative services free and by addressing the gap in prescription drug coverage, otherwise known as the donut hole. Health care reform starts by giving seniors who are in the donut hole a $250 rebate check in 2010 and closes the donut hole entirely by 2020. The bill also drastically strengthens the Medicare program by extending the life of Medicare by 12 years. Part of the savings in health care reform came from rolling back overpayments made to private health insurance plans in Medicare. With such overpayments, Medicare has become more expensive for all beneficiaries as everyone has had to chip in. Bill believes that private insurance companies should be held accountable. Considering Congress voted to bring in private companies into Medicare with the goal of saving money, these companies should be able to operate efficiently without extra payments.
Just as Medicare’s solvency was extended by health care reform, Bill believes that Members of Congress can come together to similarly extend the Social Security program with common sense solutions. Continually working for the protection of Social Security, Bill has fought against efforts to privatize the program. Privatization means that your Social Security funds that you earned over a lifetime of work would be placed in the private market and subject to its volatility. In 2005, President Bush and many Republicans in Congress proposed to privatize Social Security. Considering many seniors lost part of their retirement savings when the market fell, had Social Security been privatized, these seniors would have faced poverty. Luckily, due to the united opposition to privatization in 2005, no one lost a penny in Social Security benefits.
Regarding long term care, Bill has recognized the changing needs of seniors over the years and supports new ways to provide the best for our elders. For the majority of seniors who choose not to live in an institutional setting, Bill has been a strong proponent of community-based care through Medicaid so that states can provide a range of services from coordinated health care to social and housing services in order to promote independence and healthy aging in place. Also, an important part of maintaining independence is mobility. After serving on the House Transportation Committee for ten years, Congressman Pascrell is a strong supporter of increasing transportation access and opportunities for seniors.
Bill understands that for seniors, these are difficult economic times. To help seniors during the recession, Bill worked with his colleagues to pass the Recovery Act. This legislation gave a $250 payment directly to seniors in 2009, added $100 million to senior meals programs, and invested $120 million in community service jobs for seniors. As a senior himself, Bill understands the varying needs of senior citizens in Passaic and Essex County. Bill has a strong record on voting for seniors issues and is committed to protecting their interests. Most recently, in joining a new Seniors Task Force in the Congress, Bill hopes to push for legislation to make sure seniors receive a cost-of-living adjustment increase for 2011.
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PATERSON, NJ – Today, U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ), a member of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health, wrote to Governor Chris Christie to highlight the serious adverse consequences that repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its Medicaid expansion will have on New Jersey’s residents and state budget. Rep. Pascrell called on Gov. Christie to relay to House Republican Leadership the disastrous impact these policies will have on New Jersey.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) successfully advanced initiatives to support local law enforcement and counter tax-related phone scams as the House Ways and Means Committee approved legislation that would combat identity theft and tax fraud.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Reps. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ), Pete Olson (R-TX), Mike Doyle (D-PA), and Dave Reichert (R-WA) introduced H.R. 4614, the Medicare Access to Radiology Care Act of 2016. This bipartisan legislation would allow for Medicare coverage of qualified radiology assistant (RA) services.
GARFIELD, NJ – Legislation would cut taxes for seniors, increase benefits and strengthen retirement security [November 12, 2015]
PATERSON – U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-8) today announced that seniors and other Medicare beneficiaries who fallen in the gap in Part D prescription drug coverage will receive a one-time $250 rebate check in mid-June. The rebates were made possible by the Affordable Care Act of 2010, the landmark health insurance reform legislation President Barack Obama signed into law last March.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-8) today joined federal, state and city officials on Monday at a groundbreaking ceremony for the Belmont Senior Apartments project at Belmont Avenue and Cliff Street. The start of this affordable housing project that will provide 85 units for seniors was made possible this through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which Rep. Pascrell helped craft.
WASHINGTON – Helping senior citizens and healthcare providers to a major victory, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-08) today voted in the House of Representatives to override the President’s veto of the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act. Following the overwhelming 383-41 House vote, the Senate voted 70-26 to override the veto.
Pascrell Secured $200,000 for Jewish Federation of Greater Clifton/Passaic Initiative
PATERSON - U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. announced today $200,000 in federal funding for the Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC) "Aging in Place" initiative spearheaded by the Jewish Family Service (JFS), a division of the Jewish Federation of Greater Clifton/Passaic. The Congressman requested this funding and successfully pushed it through the appropriations process.
WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ, 8th) issued the following statement on the Conference Report on H.R. 1, the Medicare Prescription Drug and Modernization Act.
"The backers of this bill are telling seniors to settle--settle for the crumbs, while the special interests get fat on cake.
"It doesn't lower prices of prescription drugs because it prohibits the government from negotiating costs.
WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ, 8th) today issued the following statement regarding the intense debate on the House floor today surrounding, H.R. 1, the Medicare Prescription Drug and Modernization Act of 2003.
"Under the GOP plan, Medicare will deteriorate as we know it. This bogus plan is perception over reality; it will not make drugs affordable for seniors. If a senior's annual drug bill is $4,900, they would have to pay $3,500 or 71%.