Retirement Security

Promoting Retirement Security for All Pennsylvanians

Ensuring all Americans have the opportunity and ability to save for a financially secure retirement is a priority for Senator Casey. He is the Ranking Member of the Special Committee on Aging, and a member of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions and the Committee on Finance, which have jurisdiction over policies and programs related to retirement and savings.

  • Senator Casey is fighting to secure the promised pensions for Pennsylvanians, including our Teamsters and coal miners. He is a lead cosponsor of the American Miners Act of 2019, which would protect the pensions of retired miners and their families, including over 12,000 Pennsylvania coal miners. This legislation was introduced after Casey helped to secure the promised healthcare for thousands of coal miners. He also supports the Butch Lewis Act.

  • Senator Casey is committed to protecting and strengthening Social Security so that it is able to keep its promise of financial security in retirement to all Americans.

  • Senator Casey is a strong supporter of Medicare and opposes changes to the programs that would reduce the benefits that people have earned through a lifetime of work. Specifically, Senator Casey opposes proposals that would turn Medicare into a voucher program and raise the eligibility age.

  • Senator Casey introduced the Surviving Widow(er) Income Fair Treatment Act, which expands Social Security benefits for widows, widows with disabilities and widows caring for children by fixing outdated and arbitrary claiming restrictions and benefit caps. The bill would also require the Social Security Administration to better educate Americans about how and when to access essential benefits. ??

  • Senator Casey is a lead cosponsor of the Elder Poverty Relief Act, which strengthens Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits for the older Americans ages 82 and older, seniors receiving very low monthly benefits, and persons with disabilities who have relied on these programs a long time. The bill would lift 420,000 seniors of out of poverty by 2030.

  • Senator Casey is a cosponsor of the Social Security Fairness Act, which would eliminate provisions in current law that prevent public-sector workers like teachers, firefighters and police officers from receiving their full Social Security benefits.

  • Senator Casey cosponsored the SAVE Benefits Act, which would give seniors a one-time payment of about $580 to make up for the lack of a Social Security cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) in 2016.

  • Senator Casey cosponsored the Encouraging Americans to Save Act, which would make the Savers Credit partially refundable and increase the income threshold to claim the credit to $65,000. Expanding access to the Savers Credit, a federal tax credit available to some taxpayers, will make saving for retirement more affordable.

  • Senator Casey supports additional funding for the Social Security Administration in order to ensure seniors and persons with disabilities receive their benefits on time, eliminate unacceptable hearing backlogs and maintain critical services at field offices throughout Pennsylvania.

  • Senator Casey supports expanding options for employee ownership and profit sharing. He cosponsored legislation to expand access to Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs). These businesses help promote retirement security by giving all employees equity in the business.

  • Senator Casey supported legislation making it easier and less expensive for small businesses to establish and maintain retirement plans. This includes enhancing the tax credit available to small businesses to establish and auto-enroll employees in a retirement plan. In addition, Senator Casey supported legislation to allow small businesses to establish pooled 401(k)s with other employers, which would result in greater purchasing power and lower administrative costs.

Resources for Pennsylvanians

  • If you require assistance paying for your prescription medication or need help understanding your Medicare options, please contact the Pennsylvania Department of Aging APPRISE Program at 1-800-783-7067. APPRISE is a service for Pennsylvanians age 60 and above, regardless of income.

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