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.

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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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Senator Collins Joins Bipartisan Group in Introducing Legislation to Protect Older Workers from Discrimination

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), the Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee, joined Senators Bob Casey (D-PA), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) in introducing the bipartisan Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act (POWADA). Enacting POWADA would restore critical Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) protections and make it easier for employees to prove when they are a victim of age discrimination in the workplace. 

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Bill to Help Americans Save for Retirement Introduced by Senators Collins, Hassan

Washington, D.C. — In an effort to make it easier for Americans to save the money they will need for retirement, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), the Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee, and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) introduced the Retirement Security Act of 2019 today. Their bipartisan legislation would help small businesses offer retirement plans to their employees and encourage individuals to save more for retirement. 

 

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Aging Committee Examines Law Enforcement’s Efforts to Crack Down on Fraud That Costs Seniors Billions Annually

Washington, D.C. - Each year, older Americans lose approximately $3 billion to an ever-growing number of financial scams. These scams steal much-needed resources from seniors, which are often never recovered.

 

Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Bob Casey (D-PA), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Aging Committee, examined this issue and released the Committee’s 2019 Fraud Book in a hearing titled: “Fighting Elder Fraud: Progress Made, Work to be Done.”

 

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