Help Protect Vulnerable Seniors Against Rising Medicare Costs!
Join aging advocates in contacting key Republican senators in eight states about protecting seniors in greatest need against rising Medicare premiums. Since 2000, Medicare premiums have more than doubled. The Senate is now crafting a bill designed to increase payments to Medicare physicians, which will increase beneficiary premiums even further. Unfortunately, programs designed to assist poor seniors with these costs are broken and must be fixed. Please contact key Senators about improving the programs designed to protect low-income Medicare beneficiaries against rising costs. The Senators include: McConnell and Bunning (KY), Sununu (NH), Roberts (KS), Collins and Snowe (ME), Coleman (MN), Stevens (AK), Grassley (IA), and Specter (PA).
If you're from one of these states, please take a moment now to call AND e-mail your senator(s). You can call (866) 622-2184 toll-free to be connected to the Capitol switchboard. Ask for your senator by name and feel free to use the following proposed talking points for calls:
Since 2000, Medicare premiums have more than doubled. Proposed Senate increases in Medicare physician payments will cause additional increases in beneficiary premiums and make them even more difficult to afford.
Unfortunately, programs designed to assist poor seniors with such rapidly rising costs are broken and must be fixed.
The Senate Medicare bill will make things worse unless provisions are included to improve assistance for those who can least afford increasing premiums.
The bill should simplify and align Medicare low-income assistance programs, bring outdated asset limits in line with today’s cost of living, and improve outreach and participation for those currently eligible.
The Medicare bill should help beneficiaries, not just providers. Helping seniors with incomes below $15,000 is as or more important than helping doctors with incomes over $150,000.