Posted Monday, March 8, 2021
NAHC has joined with a group of like-minded groups in the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO) in urging Congress to protect vital programs like Medicare and Social Security from steep and unnecessary spending cuts that could cause considerable harm to America’s elderly and disabled populations.
NAHC is concerned about efforts to include provisions of the Time to Rescue the United States Trusts Act of 2020 (TRUST Act), from the last Congress in the COVID relief reconciliation package. The TRUST Act would create “rescue committees” to draft fast-track legislation to address the solvency of federal trust funds, including the Social Security and Medicare funds. The TRUST Act does not provide solutions for reaching solvency-or protecting benefits-rather, it would expose these vital programs to whatever across-the-board cuts the “rescue committees” may propose without amendment. This is nothing more than a backdoor means to make benefit cuts that would not be possible through the normal legislative process.
The proper process for making changes to Social Security and/or Medicare is to allow the committees of jurisdiction to gather information from the public and expert stakeholders, hold hearings on relevant issues, and then develop legislation that takes into consideration the financial status, benefit adequacy, program structure, and needs of the people served by the programs. In their communication to Congress, NAHC has strongly urged lawmakers to oppose any effort to enact the TRUST Act or similar fast- track Social Security legislation as part of the COVID relief reconciliation bill.
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