Senator Chris Van Hollen has been a leader in protecting and strengthening benefits for seniors. He strongly believes that America’s senior citizens earned the dignity of a secure retirement after paying into Medicare and Social Security throughout their working lives. Social Security has been one of our country’s most successful government programs, providing a lifeline to millions of Americans and offering them, and their families, the ability to retire with dignity. He is working to protect both programs and ensure their long-term solvency so that they are available for current and future generations.
Seniors also deserve a better deal on prescription drug costs. Senator Van Hollen has introduced legislation to unleash the bargaining power of seniors for a better deal on prescription drug costs. The legislation would allow Medicare to negotiate the best possible price of prescription drugs to cut costs for nearly 41 million seniors enrolled in Medicare Part D. Seniors in Maryland and across the country are burdened by the skyrocketing prices of essential and lifesaving medications, and they deserve better. Allowing Medicare to negotiate the best possible price is a common-sense reform that will help control costs for the millions of Americans struggling to afford care. It is imperative that we work to improve our healthcare system for seniors, and making prescription drugs more affordable is a key pillar of that effort. And with over 7 million seniors relying on Medicaid’s vital services that extend opportunity and healthy living, Senator Van Hollen has fought against any effort to slash funding from the program.