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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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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Senate Unanimously Passes Senator Collins’ Bipartisan Bill to Fight Alzheimer’s

Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act, legislation authored by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Tim Kaine (D-VA).  This bipartisan bill would, for the first time, create a public health infrastructure across the country to combat Alzheimer’s disease and preserve brain health.  The BOLD Act now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.

 

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Senate Passes Landmark Legislation to Combat Alzheimer’s

Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act, legislation authored by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Tim Kaine (D-VA).  This bipartisan bill would, for the first time, create a public health infrastructure across the country to combat Alzheimer’s disease and preserve brain health.  The BOLD Act now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.

 

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Senator Collins Joins Bipartisan Group in Urging Department of Energy to Stop Unnecessary Delays Over Weatherization Program Funding

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) joined Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Jack Reed (D-RI), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Chris Coons (D-DE), and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) in sending a letter to U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry regarding delayed guidance and documentation for the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP).  Senator Collins is a senior member of the Appropriations Committee.

 

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Senate Committee Unanimously Passes Bipartisan Bill to Fight Alzheimer’s

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Senate Health Committee unanimously passed the Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act, legislation authored by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Tim Kaine (D-VA).  This bipartisan bill would create a public health infrastructure to combat Alzheimer’s disease and preserve brain health. 

 

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Largest-Ever Increase for Alzheimer’s Research Signed into Law Following Senator Collins’ Advocacy

Following a concerted push by U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee and the founder and co-chair of the Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s disease, Congress passed and the President signed into law a $425 million increase for Alzheimer’s research—the largest increase in history—which brings the country’s total investment to $2.34 billion for fiscal year 2019.  This amount surpasses the $2 billion per year experts have said is needed to prevent and treat Alzheimer’s by the year 2025.

 

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Following Senator Collins' Advocacy, Provision to Combat IRS Scams Passes Senate

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), a senior member of the Appropriations Committee and the Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee, authored a provision in the fiscal year (FY) 2019 Appropriations Minibus commending the U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration’s (TIGTA) work to combat IRS scams and urging TIGTA to continue to prioritize this work to pursue fraudsters. 

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Senators Collins, King Announce $840,000 in Funding to Support Seniors Managing Chronic Diseases

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) announced that the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration on Community Living (ACL) has awarded $840,000 to Healthy Living for ME, a partnership between three Area Agencies on Aging – Spectrum Generations, SeniorsPlus, and Aroostook Agency on Aging – to support chronic disease self-management education programs. 

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