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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

August 24, 2020 In The News

Democratic U.S Reps. Adam Schiff and Judy Chu added their votes in support of House Resolution 8015, the Delivering for America Act, a bill aimed at saving the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), and the right to vote from changes to both by the Trump administration. 

The legislation, which passed by a 257-150 House vote, prohibits the Postal Service from implementing or approving any changes to the operations or service levels in effect on Jan. 1 that would impede prompt, reliable, and efficient service. 

August 18, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) held a press conference outside the Pasadena Post Office to condemn the White House’s attempts to hobble post office services before the election, including cutting worker hours, shutting down sorting machines, and removing post boxes. At the press conference, Rep. Chu also stated that the Administration’s announcement that they would suspend further changes to the post office was insufficient, announcing that on Saturday, the House will vote on H.R.

August 18, 2020 In The News

On Tuesday, Rep. Judy Chu (D-San Gabriel Valley) and members of the union that represents local postal workers blasted cost-saving measures they said are hamstringing the U.S. Postal Service ahead of the presidential election.

Chu called the recent cutbacks "sabotage" meant to undercut the public's faith in mail-in voting.

"This is a threat not only to our democracy, but also to our ability to stop the coronavirus pandemic," Chu said.

August 18, 2020 In The News

Rep. Judy Chu, D-Monterey Park, held a press conference at the Pasadena Post Office with members of the American Postal Workers Union to call on the US Postal Service to be protected.

“This is not only a threat to our democracy, but also to people’s health,” she said in a written statement, as voting from home is necessary to help contain the spread of the coronavirus this year.”

Chu also added that the Postal Service is crucial for things beyond the election.

June 18, 2020 In The News

Congressional members on both sides of the aisle have publicly promoted census participation. Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif., the head of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, said during a Facebook event Monday that Asian Americans face potential undercounts in the census because a large proportion of the population are young or immigrants.

 

December 17, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC — Today, the House of Representatives voted on two packages of spending bills to keep the government open through fiscal year 2020 at levels higher than current funding and higher than the President’s budget request. The first package, under H.R.

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.