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.

Senators Collins, Brown, Nelson, Capito Reintroduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Seniors from High Costs of Necessary Medical Care

Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Bill Nelson (D-FL), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) reintroduced their bipartisan legislation to update a current loophole in Medicare policy that would help protect seniors from high medical costs for the skilled nursing care they require after hospitalization. The Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act would allow for the time patients spend in the hospital under “observation status” to count toward the requisite three-day hospital stay for coverage of skilled nursing care.

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Collins, Casey, Grassley, Leahy Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Older Workers from Discrimination

Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Bob Casey (D-PA), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Aging Committee, along with Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT), introduced the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act (POWADA). The legislation would restore the ability of older workers to take legal action when age discrimination affected their professional opportunities. Additionally, it would reaffirm that workers may use any type of admissible evidence to prove their claims.

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Senators Collins, Cantwell Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Preserve Home Health Care for Rural Seniors

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) introduced bipartisan legislation that will help ensure that home health care remains an option for seniors in rural communities. The Preserve Access to Medicare Rural Home Health Services Act would ensure that home health agencies serving patients in rural areas continue to receive additional payments to help compensate for the higher costs that they face. 

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AARP Endorses Senior$afe Act of 2017

Nation’s largest senior group says “this legislation protects individuals at financial institutions who disclose suspected financial exploitation of senior citizens to appropriate agencies, and requires the financial institution to provide training on identifying and handling of potential exploitation.”

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Senator Collins Warns Of Persistent Grandparent Scam

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Susan Collins, Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee, is warning of an increasing number of calls to the committee’s Fraud Hotline reporting of a persistent phone scam that targets grandparents.

Through this so-called “Grandparent Scam,” of which there are multiple variations, scammers typically call an older adult pretending to be a family member, often a grandchild. The con artist claims to be in urgent need of money to cover medical care or a legal problem, such as for bail or legal services following a supposed arrest.

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Senators Collins, McCaskill Introduce the Senior $afe Act of 2017

Washington, D.C. — Senators Susan Collins and Claire McCaskill, the Chairman and former Ranking Member of the Senate Aging Committee, today introduced the bipartisan “Senior$afe Act of 2017.” This bipartisan legislation would put in place a commonsense plan to help protect American seniors from financial exploitation and fraud by providing support to regulators, financial institutions, and legal organizations to educate their employees about how to identify and prevent financial exploitation of older Americans.

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Aging Committee Chair Collins and Ranking Member Casey Applaud FTC and Justice Department Announcement of Settlement with Western Union on Consumer Fraud Charges

Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Bob Casey, Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Aging Committee, applauded the Federal Trade Commission and the United States Department of Justice’s announcement of a settlement with Western Union in which the company admits to criminal anti-money laundering violations that have negatively and disproportionately affected aging Americans. 

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Sens. Collins, Klobuchar Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Crack Down on Fraud Targeted at Seniors

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) today introduced bipartisan legislation to crack down on fraud targeted at seniors. Schemes targeting seniors include fraudulent investment plans, prizes, and sweepstakes, internet fraud, charity scams, predatory home lenders, telemarketing and mail fraud, accessing assets through undue influence, using fraudulent legal documents, and Ponzi schemes.

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Senator Collins Warns of Emerging Text Messaging Scam

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee, is warning seniors of a new phishing scam. Through this scam, of which there are multiple variations, con artists send a text message that appears to have been sent from a well-known financial institution – such as a bank or a mortgage company – alerting potential victims of “suspicious activity” on their accounts and directing them to contact the bank.

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Senators Collins and King Applaud SEC Decision to Delay Proposal Requiring Investors to Opt In to Receive Financial Information in Paper Form

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King released the following statement today on the recent announcement that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has decided to not pursue a proposed rule at this time that would have required individuals to opt in to receive mutual fund information in paper form. Senators Collins and King have strongly advocated to keep paper as the default delivery method for financial disclosures. 

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