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  • DelBene Calls for Clean Reauthorization of Home Visiting Program
    Posted in Press Releases on September 26, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Tax Reform, Seniors

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today called on Republicans to work with Democrats on a clean reauthorization of the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program to ensure states and communities can continue helping children and families thrive. This traditionally bipartisan program provides in-home help to ensure new parents can raise children who are healthy, happy and ready for school. “I strongly support reauthorization of the Home Visiting progr... Read more

  • DelBene Calls for Bipartisan Approach to Tax Reform
    Posted in Press Releases on August 24, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Tax Reform, Seniors

    BOTHELL – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today reiterated the need for a bipartisan approach to comprehensive tax reform while Speaker Paul Ryan visited the Boeing Co. in Everett: “We have a once in a generation opportunity to modernize our tax code, if Republicans include Democrats in the legislative process. There is no question that our tax laws are in desperate need of thoughtful reform. Done properly, tax reform could eliminate inequities in the code, and give working families and busi... Read more

  • DelBene, Walorski Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Improve Access to Air Ambulance Services
    Posted in Press Releases on July 27, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Seniors

    Reps. Suzan DelBene (WA-01) and Jackie Walorski (IN-02) introduced bipartisan legislation to improve access to emergency air medical services that are critical to providing emergency medical care and saving lives in rural communities. The Ensuring Access to Air Ambulance Services Act (H.R. 3378) would update Medicare reimbursement rates for air ambulance service providers based on the actual cost of care. “We must ensure no American faces barriers to the critical care they need in an emergency.... Read more

  • Protecting Medicare and Medicaid
    Posted in eNewsletters on July 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Seniors

    Dear Friend, For nearly 52 years, Medicare and Medicaid have provided quality healthcare to seniors across the country. I had the opportunity to mark the anniversary of these essential programs during my recent visit to two senior centers in our district this month. In Washington’s First District, more than 150,000 Americans receive lifesaving healthcare from Medicare and Medicaid. Nationwide, more than 120 million people depend on these vital programs to stay healthy and access needed medical c... Read more

  • Bipartisan Legislation to Expand Access to Dialysis Therapy Passes Through Pivotal Committee
    Posted in Press Releases on July 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Seniors

    Today, Reps. Diane Black (R-TN-06), Suzan DelBene (D-WA-01) and Patrick Meehan (R-PA-07) praised movement on their bipartisan legislation, also co-sponsored by Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA-05), expanding access to home dialysis therapy under the Medicare program for patients with end stage renal disease. The bill, H.R. 3164, is included in the Medicare Part B Improvement Act of 2017 package that was marked up today by the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee. “The technological advancements in this ... Read more

  • Rep. DelBene visits Northshore Senior Center to listen to seniors
    Posted in In the News on July 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Seniors

    Rep. Suzan DelBene recently visited two senior centers and heard concerns about the health care repeal bill being considered in the senate that would increase the seniors’ health care costs and cut the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Senate Republicans delayed a vote on the repeal bill this week due to a lack of votes and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has vowed to try again later this month. DelBene listened to concerns regarding the bill from First District seniors at the Northshore Se... Read more

  • Seniors worried about cuts to health care
    Posted in In the News on July 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Seniors

    Carole Hood is battling both bone cancer and breast cancer. Right now, Medicare pays for her treatment, but she fears the burden will fall on her if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. “[Medicare] has always done the best and if they cut that, I don’t know what I would do,” Hood said. The Virginia woman moved to Monroe’s Brookdale assisted living facility to be closer to her son and does not want to burden her family if the costs end up falling on her. It is not just her. Click here for the who... Read more

  • DelBene, Reichert, Kilmer, Cole Introduce Tribal Social Security Fairness Act
    Posted in Press Releases on June 9, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Seniors

    Reps. Suzan DelBene (WA-01), Dave Reichert (WA-08), Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and Tom Cole (OK-04) today introduced the Tribal Social Security Fairness Act to allow tribal council members to participate in Social Security — including paying Social Security payroll taxes and receiving earned benefits in retirement — in a similar manner as state and local governments. Today, tribal council members are precluded from receiving Social Security coverage. The Tribal Social Security Fairness Act would make... Read more

  • Editorial: Proposals could help Social Security and Trump
    Posted in In the News on April 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Seniors

    As Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives hem and haw over when and how to make a second attempt at repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, President Trump has an opportunity to work with Democrats to keep one of his campaign promises and claim a major victory: protecting Social Security. Trump, in his promise, meant that he wouldn’t seek cuts to Social Security benefits, and his recent “skinny” budget stayed true to that pledge, instead making significant cuts to federal gove... Read more

  • DelBene: We Must Strengthen, Preserve Social Security for Future Generations
    Posted in Press Releases on April 5, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Seniors

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today helped introduce the Social Security 2100 Act to improve retirement security for America’s seniors by enhancing benefits, increasing annual cost-of-living adjustments, scrapping the income contribution cap on the wealthy and ensuring the long-term stability of Social Security into the next century. “For more than 80 years, Social Security has kept seniors out of poverty and provided a vital safety-net for the middle class. Instead of breaking our promis... Read more