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, Hassan Legislation to Help Americans Save for Retirement Included in Year-End Appropriations Package

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) announced today that several provisions from the Retirement Security Act of 2019 they introduced earlier this year were included in the final Appropriations agreement.  The agreement was passed by the House today.  Once passed by the Senate, the bill will proceed to the President’s desk to be signed into law.

 

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Senators Collins, Shaheen Introduce Bill to Improve Access to Innovative Diabetes Technologies

Washington, D.C. —U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced legislation to expand the availability of innovative diabetes technologies for seniors.  The Improving Medicare Beneficiary Access to Innovative Diabetes Technologies Act would create a special task force at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to examine and address barriers that seniors face in accessing the latest diabetes management technologies.

 

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Senator Collins Attends York County Elder Abuse Conference

Kennebunkport, ME — U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee, delivered remarks at the York County Elder Abuse Task Force Annual Conference this morning.  The conference was attended by approximately 100 members of the community, including financial professionals, social workers, advocates, local government officials, direct elder support individuals, health care professionals, and law enforcement.

 

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Senator Collins Warns of Two New Scams Targeting Mainers

Washington, D.C.—The Senate Aging Committee’s Fraud Hotline has recently received reports of two new scams that are targeting Mainers.  The first involves the Social Security Administration, and the second affects CMP customers.  U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Aging Committee, is warning Mainers to be vigilant and protect themselves from being defrauded. 

 

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Bill to Crack Down on Deceptive Tactic Used by Robocallers Introduced by Senators Collins, Sinema, Hawley, Peters, McSally

Washington, D.C.— U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), along with Senators Josh Hawley (R-MO), Gary Peters (D-MI), and Martha McSally (R-AZ) introduced the Anti-Spoofing Penalties Modernization Act of 2019 today to aid Americans who are being inundated with robocalls.  Their bipartisan legislation would double the penalties for illegal caller-ID “spoofing,” a tactic scammers often use to trick victims into answering their phone calls.

 

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Bipartisan Group Introduces Bill to Create Semipostal Stamp to Help Combat Elder Abuse

Washington, D.C. — In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Martha McSally (R-AZ), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced the Stamp Out Elder Abuse Act.  This bipartisan bill would give U.S. Postal Service customers the option of purchasing a semipostal—or fundraising—stamp that would benefit efforts to raise awareness about elder abuse and support efforts to protect seniors. 

 

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Senator Collins Attends Westbrook Housing Celebration

Westbrook, ME—U.S. Senator Susan Collins delivered remarks at the grand opening of the Westbrook Housing Authority’s newly rehabilitated housing developments of Riverview Terrace and Larrabee Woods, apartment buildings for low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities.  Following the ceremony, Senator Collins participated in a brief tour of Larrabee Woods.  The event was attended by approximately 150 Westbrook Housing staff, residents, peer organizations, city and state legislators, financers, and project participants.

 

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Collins, Jones Bill to Prevent Con Artists from Stealing Tax Refunds Heads to President’s Desk to be Signed into Law

Washington, D.C. – Last night, the Senate unanimously passed legislation authored by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Doug Jones (D-AL) to thwart identity theft tax refund fraud and prevent American taxpayers and seniors from falling victim.  Their bill, which was included as a provision in the Taxpayer First Act, previously passed the House of Representatives and now heads to the President’s desk to be signed into law.

 

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Senator Collins Participates in Hospice of Southern Maine Groundbreaking Ceremony

Scarborough, ME — U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee, delivered remarks at the groundbreaking of a new hospice center in Scarborough last night.  This building will help Hospice of Southern Maine (HSM) address the growing demand for end-of-life care in Southern Maine and consolidate over 120 staff from two other leased buildings on Route 1 in Scarborough.

 

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Senate Passes Resolution Recognizing Senior Corps Volunteers Serving 50 Million Hours in 2018

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), the Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee, and Angus King (I-ME) announced that the Senate unanimously passed a resolution to recognize the 220,000 Senior Corps volunteers who collectively provided 50 million hours of community service in 2018.  This resolution was cosponsored by a bipartisan group of 21 Senators, including Senators Collins and King.

 

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