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Seniors

Rep. Chu speaks with senior citizens at the AltaMed Health Services in El Monte.


Seniors are the bedrock of our communities.  They have worked hard all their lives and built our nation.  Now, like so many Americans, they are struggling and face particular challenges including high health care costs and income insecurity.  America pioneered a social safety net to provide for people as they enter retirement – and they have earned it!  We must never neglect that responsibility to our seniors.

I share seniors strong concerns about protecting Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. That’s why I have continually fought to protect these programs that provide vital resources for retirees who have worked hard and rely on them in their golden years.

Protecting Social Security
Eighty years ago, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Social Security into law, creating an enduring promise to America’s seniors that the retirement program they paid into their entire working lives would provide them a stable source of income.

One of my top priorities is to preserve — not privatize — Social Security.  

In an effort to protect Social Security from cuts and to strengthen it for years to come, I support:

H.Res.393 – Resolution expressing support for policies to protect and expand Social Security and secure its long-term future in a fair and responsible manner.  In my district, 108,000 seniors depend on Social Security, and I intend to make sure it’s always there for them and also for their children. With an average benefit of $1,188 a month, Social Security keeps beneficiaries in my district able to afford necessary expenses and maintain their independence in their golden years. 

The One Social Security Act (H.R. 3150)to prevent benefit cuts in 2016. Social Security's Disability Insurance Fund is set to start running out of money in late 2016, which would require a 20 percent cut in benefits and impact 11 million people.  This is simply unacceptable.  This bill would merge the two trust funds, Disability Insurance and Social Security, into a single trust fund covering all of Social Security.  This action would prevent a benefit cut to all Social Security beneficiaries. I will continue to support legislation that puts seniors first and prevents benefit cuts.  

Protecting Medicare
Medicare is our promise to American seniors.  After a lifetime of work, Americans can count on the stability and security of reliable, dependable, high-quality health insurance. As a member of the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, which has jurisdiction over much of the Medicare program, I am committed to making Medicare work for American seniors. 

• I oppose efforts to cut or privatize Medicare to pay for deficits created by the Republican Tax Cut.  Since 2011, Republicans have been including in their budgets plans to privatize Medicare through a voucher system, also known as “premium-support”.  A voucher system would mean less benefits and higher out of pocket health care costs.  Beneficiaries would receive a premium-support payment that may not completely offset the premium for the Medicare plan of their choice.  This would leave many beneficiaries out in the dark as they struggle to figure out how they would foot their medical bills. This is clearly a terrible deal for seniors. 

I also do not believe that our deficits should be balanced on the backs of our Seniors. We cannot ask America’s seniors to pay for tax cuts for corporations and billionaires. 

I support expanding Medicare benefits to support our seniors. I believe that Medicare should cover basic services like vision, hearing and dental, and that we should be working to improve services in the Medicare program. I have authored several bills that would expand Medicare access to mental health providers like psychologists, access to Medical Nutrition Therapy for individuals diagnosed with eating disorders, and coverage for custom breast prosthetics for Medicare beneficiaries who undergo mastectomies. 

Prescription Drugs for Seniors

America’s seniors are suffering under the skyrocketing costs of prescription drugs in this country. No one should be forced to ration their medication or skip meals in order to afford the medication that keeps them alive and healthy. That is why I support a number of policy proposals aimed at reducing the prices of prescription drugs for our seniors:

I support giving Medicare the authority to negotiate directly for prescription drug prices. This would allow Medicare to use its considerable negotiating power to get a better price for American Seniors. 

• I support increasing the availability of generics, and ending pay-for-delay agreements wherein a brand name drug company pays a generic company to keep their product off the market. 

I support transparency in the prescription drug market and at the pharmacy counter. That is why I support ending pharmacist “gag clauses,” which prevent pharmacists from letting patients know if there is a cheaper, generic option available to them at the pharmacy counter. 

More on Seniors

April 28, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – April 29, 2017 marks the 100th day of President Trump’s presidency, a marker used for every President since Franklin Roosevelt. Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27) released the following statement regarding the impact of President Trump’s first one hundred days:

October 18, 2016 My Bills

Accomplishments During the 114th Congress (2014-2016)

In District

Bringing more federal resources to the San Gabriel Valley is one of my top priorities. This is why I partner with federal agencies to ensure that we have access to federal programs and funding that could benefit our region. I am proud to have worked with these agencies and the President’s Administration on the following initiatives.

August 12, 2016 Press Release

PASADENA, CA – Today, Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) released the following statement on the 81st anniversary of the signing of the Social Security Act by President Franklin Roosevelt:

April 7, 2016 Press Release
Today, Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) hosted the Congressional Recognition of Excellence Award (CREA) Ceremony. CREA is a Los Angeles countywide program that showcases and recognizes the various ways the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships Program federal funding is used in various Los Angeles County communities. The ceremony honored 11 local programs and projects in cities throughout the 27th district that have focused on job creation, senior outreach, housing rehabilitation, disabled populations’ accessibility, street improvements, neighborhood recreational activities and single and lower-income families.
November 16, 2015 In The News
Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-Monterey Park) has authored a bill that would would require Medicare to cover acupuncture services for all enrollees, regardless of their insurance plan
November 13, 2015 Press Release
Today, Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27) hosted a press conference where she was joined by California based acupuncture advocacy groups to support H.R. 3849, the Acupuncture for Heroes and Seniors Act. The bill, introduced on October 28, permits members of the uniformed services access to qualified acupuncturist services without the requirement of a referral and requires that acupuncture services be offered to all veterans. The bill also ensures that qualified acupuncturist services are covered by Medicare so that seniors have another effective treatment option available to them. In addition to increasing access, the bill recognizes the important contributions of this medical field and makes acupuncturists eligible for appointments as Commissioned Officers in the Armed Forces and in the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.
November 5, 2015 In The News
The effort was led by Judy Chu, representative of California’s 27th district, which includes Pasadena and Claremont. Chu is chairwoman of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, and ten of her letter’s 15 co-signers are also members of the caucus. The co-signers represent areas including Little Tokyo (Xavier Becerra), Gardena (Maxine Waters), and Silicon Valley (Mike Honda).
October 28, 2015 Press Release
Today, Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) introduced the Acupuncture for Heroes and Seniors Act. The bill permits members of the uniformed services access to qualified acupuncturist services without the requirement of a referral and requires that acupuncture services be offered to all veterans. The bill also ensures that qualified acupuncturist services are covered by Medicare so that seniors have another effective treatment option available to them. In addition to increasing access, the bill recognizes the important contributions of this medical field and makes acupuncturists eligible for appointments as Commissioned Officers in the Armed Forces and in the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.
October 28, 2015 Press Release
Today, Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27), voted with 265 other Democratic and Republican Members of Congress to pass H.R. 1314, a bipartisan budget agreement that would lift sequester spending caps and avoid a default on the U.S. debt for the next two years.
August 14, 2015 Press Release
Today, 80 years ago, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act.