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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November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, first declared by President Ronald Reagan in 1983. Just 11 years later, President Reagan himself was diagnosed with the terrible disease that eventually claimed his life, as it has claimed the lives of so many others.
Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Bob Casey (D-PA), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, introduced the Nourishing Our Golden Years Act to streamline the application process and reduce the burden on states in the administration of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), also known as the Senior Food Box Program.
"Bipartisan bill pushes for the ‘next step’ in solving Alzheimer’s"
Washington, D.C. -Ahead of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday, October 28th, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) announced the locations of the Maine collection sites.
Washington, D.C.—A new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) today calls for a broad examination of our nation’s retirement system as the retiree population grows. “The Nation’s Retirement System: A Comprehensive Re-evaluation Is Needed to Better Promote Future Retirement Security” details the issues facing the nation’s retirement system and outlines ways to better promote retirement security. Improving Americans’ retirement security is one of the top priorities of U.S.
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) today applauded the unanimous passage of the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage, or RAISE Family Caregivers Act, in the U.S. Senate. The bipartisan legislation to establish a coordinated strategy to support family caregivers now heads to the U.S. House of Representatives.
Washington, D.C.—The U.S. Senate has unanimously approved a resolution, authored by Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), the Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee, and cosponsored by Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Ranking Member of the Senate Aging Committee, marking September 22nd (the first day of the Fall season) as “National Falls Prevention Awareness Day.”
Augusta, ME - In recognition of her outstanding advocacy and long-time leadership for home care and hospice, U.S. Senator Susan Collins received the Home Care and Hospice Alliance of Maine’s Ruby Slipper Award and delivered remarks at the organization’s annual meeting today.
Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Senate has unanimously approved a resolution, authored by Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), the Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee, marking September 22nd (the first day of the Fall season) as “National Falls Prevention Awareness Day.”
Washington, D.C.— A warning from the leaders of the Senate Aging Committee: Be on the lookout for con artists trying to take advantage of victims in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Bob Casey (D-PA), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Aging Committee, are urging people, particularly older Americans, to be cautious of con artists who often target vulnerable communities following natural disasters.
Washington, D.C.—On Wednesday, September 20th, the Senate Aging Committee will hold a hearing to examine policies and procedures for sheltering in place, evacuating, and relocating our most vulnerable citizens before disaster strikes. The purpose of the hearing is to review what has been learned from past experience and what more can be done to ensure the health, safety, and resilience of older Americans during and after disasters, such as hurricanes.
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Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Susan Collins met with William Jenks, of Gorham, owner of Home Instead Senior Care and the volunteer board chair of the Alzheimer’s Association Maine Chapter, in Washington, D.C., this morning.
Washington, D.C.—Later this month, the Senate Aging Committee will hold a hearing to examine policies and procedures for sheltering in place, evacuating, and relocating our most vulnerable citizens before disaster strikes. The purpose of the hearing is to review what has been learned from past experience and what more can be done to ensure the health, safety, and resilience of older Americans during and after disasters, such as hurricanes.
Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Susan Collins announced that the Appropriations Committee approved $36.1 billion—a $2 billion increase—for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the third consecutive year as part of the Department of Health and Human Services funding bill. The legislation, which passed the committee by a vote of 30-1, also includes $1.8 billion—a $414 million increase—for Alzheimer’s research at the NIH. It now awaits consideration by the full Senate.
Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today announced that the Department of Defense will cover new care plans to support Alzheimer’s patients covered through TRICARE and their families. More than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, and more than 15 million people serve as their caregivers. The Senators had strongly urged the Department of Defense to make sure that anyone who receives TRICARE could also have access to these new care plans.
Washington, D.C. — Provisions authored by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) to improve generic competition and lower the cost of prescription drugs cleared the Senate yesterday as part of the FDA Reauthorization Act. The provisions, which were unanimously adopted as an amendment during the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee’s consideration of the legislation in May, will help foster a competitive marketplace to improve the affordability and accessibility of prescription drugs for patients.
Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) announced that their bipartisan legislation to crack down on fraud targeted at seniors has passed the Senate. Schemes targeting seniors include impersonation scams; fraudulent investment plans, prizes, and sweepstakes; Internet fraud; charity scams; predatory home lenders; telemarketing and mail fraud; and Ponzi schemes.
Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Susan Collins announced today that the Senate Appropriations Committee approved language she authored to continue to protect prescription paper inserts. The provision was included as part of the fiscal year (FY) 2018 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies Appropriations bill at the request of Senator Collins, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee.
Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee, is warning older Americans of a new scam involving the impersonation of Social Security Administration (SSA) employees.
WASHINGTON – Bipartisan legislation mirroring a plan by U.S. Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Claire McCaskill of Missouri to increase competition for generic drugs and lower prescription costs has passed the U.S. House of Representatives as part of a Food and Drug Administration reauthorization bill.
“The bill aims to reduce the $7.7 trillion gap the Center for Retirement Research says exists between what Americans have saved and what they need to retain their standard of living after they retire.”
“‘As the chairman of the Senate Aging Committee, ensuring that more people are better prepared for retirement is one of my top priorities,’ Collins said.”
By: Steve Collins
Washington, D.C. — In an effort to make it easier for Americans to save the money they will need for retirement, U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), the Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee, and Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) introduced the Retirement Security Act today. Their bipartisan legislation would help small businesses offer retirement plans to their employees and encourage individuals to save more for retirement.