As the Chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, Senator Collins’ priorities include retirement security, highlighting the importance of biomedical research on diseases like Alzheimer’s and diabetes, and scams targeting seniors. 

As the Senate Co-Chair of the Congressional Alzheimer’s Task Force, the Senator is particularly committed to putting an end to Alzheimer’s disease, which has had such a devastating effect on 5.2 million Americans and their families.

To visit the Senate Special Committee on Aging’s website, click here.

Collins, Gillibrand Lead Bipartisan Call for Funding for OAA Programs In Next COVID-19 Package to Help Older Adults

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), the Chairman of the Aging Committee, and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), a member of the committee, led a group of 16 Senators in calling for the inclusion of $1.1 billion in funding for Older Americans Act (OAA) programs, including $750 million in funding for the OAA nutrition services, in the next coronavirus relief package.  The funding would provide grants to states, territories, and tribes to help support the delivery of nutritious meals for older adults throughout the country.

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Senator Collins Warns of Ongoing Social Security Imposter Scams

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Aging Committee, is warning older Americans of ongoing scam attempts involving criminals posing as Social Security Administration (SSA) employees.  The Social Security impersonation scam was the most common fraud reported to the Committee’s Fraud Hotline in 2019 and continues to be among the top-reported scams. 

 

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Collins, King Join Bipartisan Group in Calling for Permanent Expansion of Telehealth Following COVID-19 Pandemic

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King joined a bipartisan group of 30 Senators in calling for the expansion of access to telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic to be made permanent. Cosponsored by Senators Collins and King, provisions of the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act were included in COVID-19 relief legislation. These provisions, which expand coverage of telehealth services for Medicare beneficiaries, are set to expire following the pandemic.

 

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On World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Senator Collins Calls for Bipartisan Action to Protect Seniors

Washington, D.C.—Today, June 15th, 2020, is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, an annual event that raises awareness about physical, emotional, and financial harm perpetrated against seniors and promotes policies to protect older adults. U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Aging Committee, marked the occasion by making a renewed push to pass legislation that will help prevent the exploitation of this vulnerable population.

 

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Senate Unanimously Passes Collins-Jones Resolution Designating May as “Older Americans Month”

Washington, D.C.—The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan resolution introduced by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Doug Jones (D-AL) designating the month of May as “Older Americans Month.”  The resolution recognizes the success of older Americans and the important role they have in our society.  Senator Collins is the Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee and Senator Jones is a member of the committee.

 

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Collins, Sinema Lead Resolution Supporting Designation of Today as “National Senior Fraud Awareness Day”

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) are leading a bipartisan resolution supporting the designation of today, May 15th, as “National Senior Fraud Awareness Day.”  Their resolution is co-sponsored by Senators Martha McSally (R-AZ), Bob Casey (D-PA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Doug Jones (D-AL), Josh Hawley (R-MO), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Tim Scott (R-SC), and Chuck Grassley (R-IA).

 

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Senators Collins, Sinema Outline Key Recommendations for CMS Commission to Protect Residents of Nursing Homes

Washington, D.C.—In a letter to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator SeemaVerma, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) enumerated their recommendations for the recently announced Coronavirus Commission for Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes.  Senator Collins is the Chairman of the Aging Committee and Senator Sinema is a member of the Committee. 

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Senator Collins Discusses Federal Government Response to COVID-19 Pandemic with Thousands of Maine AARP Members

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee, participated in an hour-long, live-streamed teleconference hosted by AARP Maine.  Approximately 6,000 Mainers called in to the conference, while another 1,500 tuned in online.  During the call, Senator Collins fielded questions from Maine seniors about the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Dr.

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Senator Collins Announces Social Security Beneficiaries Will Receive Coronavirus Stimulus Rebate Checks Automatically

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Aging Committee, announced today that Social Security beneficiaries will not be required to file a tax return in order to receive a rebate check under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.  Senator Collins strongly supported the policyreleased by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service that will make it easier for many seniors to obtain these targeted relief funds.

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Senator Collins Joins Bipartisan Group in Urging Federal Trade Commission to Protect Seniors from Coronavirus Scams

 

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Aging Committee, joined a bipartisan group of 32 Senators in urging the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to protect seniors from coronavirus-related scams. In response to the recent increase in these scams, the letter to FTC Chairman Joseph Simons calls on the FTC to better inform seniors about coronavirus scams and assist victims in understanding their recourse options to ensure that seniors are protected from those attempting to financially exploit them during the pandemic.

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Senators Collins and Casey’s Bill to Reauthorize Older Americans Act Signed into Law

Washington, D.C.—Today, the Supporting Older Americans Act, bipartisan legislation authored by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Bob Casey (D-PA), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Aging Committee, was signed into law.  Their legislation reauthorizes and strengthens the Older Americans Act (OAA), the landmark legislation focused on improving the wellbeing of the Nation’s seniors and their caregivers.

 

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SCAM ALERT: New Tactic Used By Social Security Scammers

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Aging Committee, is warning of a new tactic used by Social Security scammers.  According to the Social Security Administration (SSA) Office of Inspector (OIG), individuals have reported receiving text messages on personal cell phones that appear to be coming from SSA.  The texts warn about a problem with victims’ Social Security numbers and threaten legal action unless the recipients call to resolve the issue.

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