Seniors on fixed incomes have been choosing between rent and medication, and between food and going to the doctor. Seniors are our sacred treasures and deserve to be treated with respect and compassion and Congressman Lewis will continue to get in “good trouble” protecting our seniors. Legislation that offers them some financial relief and comfort is a step in the right direction. That is why Congressman Lewis voted to decrease Medicare Part B premiums for seniors and supported a social security 3.5 percent increase in cost of living adjustment (COLA). The COLA was good news for about 63 million seniors and people with disabilities in this country.
Congressman Lewis is also the original cosponsor of H.R. 5987, the Seniors Protection Act, to provide a $250 payment to about 54 million Americans in lieu of no increase in their monthly income. He supported the payment to seniors in 2009 and again in 2010. These payments were made through the American Economic Recovery and Investment Act.
Other recent legislation for Georgia seniors that Lewis supported include:
- The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008 to fund Piedmont Hospital's Sixty-Plus Senior Care Transition Grant Program, which assists seniors in maintaining a sense of independence with consistent care by partnering inexpensive Atlanta-area senior housing developments with hospital nursing staff
- 5,900 seniors in the 5th District received prescription drug discounts worth $3.7 million, an average discount of $640 per senior.
- 50,000 seniors received Medicare preventive services without paying any co-pays, coinsurance, or deductibles.