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.

Legislation to Establish National Panel on Seniors and Disasters Passes Senate with Collins Amendment

Washington, D.C. —To address unique challenges older Americans face during natural disasters, U.S. Senator Susan Collins authored an amendment that passed the Senate unanimously.  Her amendment, which was included in the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act of 2019, would authorize the creation of a national advisory committee to identify ways to better prepare and care for older Americans during a disaster.  The bill now awaits consideration by the House of Representatives.

 

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Collins Fights to Preserve Senior Food Box Program, which Helps Good Shepherd Food Bank in Auburn Serve Thousands of Mainers

Washington, D.C. — At a hearing this morning to review the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) fiscal year 2020 budget request, Senator Susan Collins, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, pressed Secretary Sonny Perdue on the proposed elimination of the Commodity Supplemental Food Program, commonly known as the Senior Food Box program.  Senator Collins emphasized how important the Senior Food Box program is to seniors throughout Maine.

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Bipartisan Improving HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act Introduced by Collins, Stabenow, Markey, Capito, Menendez

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ed Markey (D-MA), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) today introduced the bipartisan Improving HOPE (Health, Outcomes, Planning, and Education) for Alzheimer’s Act. Thanks to a successful bipartisan push by lawmakers, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced in November 2016 that Medicare would begin covering new care plans in 2017, effectively implementing the HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act.

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Senator Collins Applauds Largest Coordinated Sweep of Elder Fraud Cases in History

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee, applauded the work of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and multiple law enforcement agencies, which recently resulted in the largest coordinated sweep of elder fraud cases in history.  This sweep involved more than 260 defendants from around the globe who defrauded more than two million Americans, most of them elderly, out of more than $750 million. 

 

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Collins, King Lead Effort Empowering Seniors, Individuals with Disabilities to Continue Living Safely At Home

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) today introduced the Senior and Disability Home Modification Assistance Initiative Act with Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine), Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee, and a group of their colleagues. The legislation would make it easier for older Americans and individuals with disabilities to access federal home modification programs and remain in their homes.

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