Seniors

Protecting Pennsylvania’s Seniors

Ensuring strong services and supports for older Americans is a significant priority for Senator Casey. As a member of the Special Committee on Aging, the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions and the Committee on Finance, all of which have jurisdiction over policies and programs pertinent to senior citizens, Senator Casey has had the opportunity to write and enact legislation impacting the over 2 million older Pennsylvanians.

  • On March 21, 2016, Senator Casey hosted a Special Committee on Aging Field Hearing in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, entitled Senior Scams: What Are They and How People Can Avoid Them in order to learn more about pervasive scams and educate the community.
  • Senator Casey introduced the Caregiver Corps Act of 2014, which gives the Secretary of Health and Human Services the authority to develop a toolkit and guidance for local entities to establish and implement local Caregiver Corps programs giving local faith-based groups or volunteer programs the tools to train volunteers so that they are prepared and understand how they can best support an older adult or person with a disability.
  • Senator Casey introduced the Senior Investor Protections Enhancement Act of 2013, which strengthens the federal government’s ability to prosecute criminals who target older adults with financial scams.
  • Senator Casey introduced the Improving Care for Vulnerable Older Citizens through Workforce Advancement Act of 2014, which develops and tests an expanded and advanced role for direct care workers who provide long-term services and supports to older individuals in efforts to coordinate care and improve the efficiency of service delivery.
  • Senator Casey cosponsored the Protecting Medicare Beneficiary Act of 2015, which sought to prevent keep Medicare Part B premiums from spiking out of control, creating hardship for seniors living on fixed incomes.
  • 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 Elder Protection and Abuse Prevention Act of 2013, which expands the definition of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation, and requires elder abuse prevention trainings, screenings, and reporting for all federally funded senior service programs.
  • Senator Casey cosponsored the National Silver Alert Act of 2013, which creates a nationwide network for locating missing adults and senior citizens.
  • Senator Casey cosponsored the Protecting Seniors from Health Care Fraud Act of 2014, which provides a system to educate seniors on the most common health care fraud schemes, to help them avoid falling victim to scams, and to encourage them to report fraud to law enforcement and bring criminals to justice.

Resources for Pennsylvania seniors:

  • If you feel like you or a loved one has been a victim of a crime, please call the Pennsylvania Agency on Aging statewide elder abuse hotline at 1-800-490-8505 or the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging hotline at 1-855-303-9470. Internet crime complaints can also be reported to the FBI and the National White Collar Crime center: www.IC3.gov.
  • If you have received a suspicious phone call allegedly from the IRS that you believe may be a scam, record the employee's name, badge number, call back number and caller ID if available. Call 1-800-366-4484 to determine if the caller is an IRS employee with a legitimate need to contact you.
  • If you require assistance paying for your prescription medication, 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.
  • Please do not hesitate to call Senator Casey’s Harrisburg office at (717) 231-7540 or visit http://casey.senate.gov/constituents/casework/.

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  • Casey, Senators: No Special Consideration for Other Bills Until We Save Coal Miners’ Health Care, Retirement

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  • Casey and Portman Introduce Bill to Protect Medicare Advantage Plans for Low-Income Seniors

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  • Casey Calls for Investigation Into Federal Government’s Nursing Home Rating System

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  • Senate Passes Casey Measure to Combat Medicare Fraud that Has Previously Saved Government $121M

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  • Casey Backs Legislation To Encourage Work, Strengthen Supplemental Security Income For Vulnerable Pennsylvania Seniors, Children and Those with Disabilities

    Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) announced today that he has cosponsored legislation that would update eligibility requirements for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). SSI provides benefits to roughly 8.4 million citizens, including elderly Americans, Americans with disabilities, blind Americans, and 1.3 million children. The legislation, introduced by Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), could impact hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians. In 2013, 378,937 vulnerable Pennsylvanians received SSI benefits totaling $2,383,182 million. Senator Casey was an original cosponsor of the legislation along with Senators Whitehouse (D-RI) and Hirono (D-HI) Read More


  • Casey Meets with PA Hunger Advocates from Across State, Vows to Fight Attempts to Gut Program that Aids Vulnerable Children and Seniors

    As reporting indicates that the House Republicans could consider new draconian cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) met with hunger advocates from across Pennsylvania and vowed to fight new attempts to the gut SNAP which aids vulnerable children and seniors throughout the nation. In previous years House Republicans have proposed cutting SNAP by as much as $40 billion despite independent analyses showing that a $1 investment in SNAP generates $1.75 in economic growth. Read More


  • Casey, Center for American Progress Unveil New Analysis Showing How Rising Income Inequality Has Jeopardized Solvency of Social Security Trust Funds

    oday, Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, along with Center for American Progress Executive Vice President for Policy Carmel Martin, unveiled a new CAP analysis showing how rising income inequality has jeopardized the solvency of the Social Security trust funds and poses a threat to their long-term financial health. Senator Casey and Ms. Martin discussed the findings of CAP's new issue brief, which revealed how much larger the trust funds would be had the average worker’s wages kept pace with productivity gains over the past three decades. Read More


  • At Hearing, Casey Presses IRS Commissioner to Restore Access to Essential Tax Resource Materials

    Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), the Ranking Democrat on the Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight for the Senate Finance Committee, called on IRS Commissioner John Koskinen during a Finance Committee hearing to stem the reduction of vital tax filing materials for Americans during this tax season. The IRS recently announced that because of budget cuts, it will limit the distribution of free tax forms and instruction booklets under the Tax Forms Outlet Program (TFOP). Across Pennsylvania, particularly in rural areas, many taxpayers rely on this program for access to up-to-date tax forms. The recent unexpected cuts to the program are causing significant uncertainty for these taxpayers, for example by potentially delaying their receipt of federal tax refunds. Read More


  • New Bipartisan Casey Bill Will Better Connect Rural Pennsylvanians with Basic Healthcare Services Even If They Live Miles from a Doctor

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  • Casey Becomes Leading Democrat on Two Subcommittees Key to Work on Children's Issues

    Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) announced that he has been named the leading Democrat on two subcommittees that are critical to children's issues on both the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), and the Senate Committee on Agriculture. Casey will serve as the Democratic Ranking Member on both the HELP Subcommittee on Children and Families, and the Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition, Specialty Crops and Agriculture. Read More


  • Casey Ends 2014 with Major Accomplishments on Behalf of Pennsylvanians

    Amid partisan gridlock, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) ended 2014 with significant accomplishments on behalf of Pennsylvanians. Casey secured passage of a landmark law to help the families of children with disabilities save for their long term care through tax-advantaged, 529-style savings accounts. Casey successfully pushed into law measures that bolstered children's hospitals throughout the state, improved the emergency medical services that are provided to children and strengthened programs to support individuals living with traumatic brain injuries. Casey successfully urged the Obama Administration to invest in job creating projects throughout Pennsylvania. Casey pressed for the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan, for justice for coal miners being denied black lung claims and for improvements to the ways colleges are required to report instances of sexual violence on campus. Read More


  • Lawmakers introduce legislation to strip former Nazis of US Social Security benefits

    WASHINGTON (AP) - A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced legislation Thursday to strip suspected Nazi war criminals of their Social Security benefits, insisting American taxpayers should not be underwriting the retirement of anyone who participated in the Third Reich's atrocities. The Nazi Social Security Benefits Termination Act comes in response to an Associated Press investigation published in October that revealed millions of dollars in benefits have been paid to dozens of former Nazis who were forced out of the United States. At least four are alive, living in Europe on U.S. Social Security. The legislation would end benefits for Nazi suspects who have lost their American citizenship, a step called denaturalization. U.S. law currently requires a higher threshold — a final order of deportation — before benefits can be terminated. A companion bill to close this so-called loophole was introduced in the Senate. Mike Long, a spokesman for House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, said "we're eager to get this done" during the lame-duck session that will last until a new Congress begins in late January. AP's investigation found that the Justice Department used the loophole to persuade Nazi suspects to leave the U.S. in exchange for Social Security benefits. If they agreed to go voluntarily, or simply fled the country before being deported, they could keep their Social Security benefits. The Justice Department denied using Social Security payments as a tool for expelling former Nazis. "Our bill will eliminate the loophole that has allowed Nazi war criminals to collect Social Security benefits," Rep. Carolyn Maloney, the bill's main sponsor, said in a statement. "We should work in a bipartisan and expeditious manner to terminate these benefits once and for all." Republican Reps. Jason Chaffetz of Utah and Leonard Lance of New Jersey joined with Maloney to introduce the legislation. There are 11 other co-sponsors. "This is a matter of principle," Chaffetz said. "Taxpayers should not be funding the retirement of war criminals." The Senate bill is sponsored by Sens. Bob Casey, D-Pa., Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Bill Nelson, D-Fla. The White House and the Social Security Administration have signaled support for denying benefits to former Nazis. The Justice Department said it is open to considering proposals that would terminate the Social Security payments. "This legislation is long overdue, and we are pleased that lawmakers in Congress are taking this seriously," said Abraham H. Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League. The legislation specifically targets individuals who were denaturalized because of their roles in the Nazi persecution or lost their citizenship through a settlement agreement with the Justice Department. The bill requires the Justice Department to notify the Social Security Administration of their identities and locations so the agency can shut off their benefits. The Justice Department and Social Security Administration also would be required to submit a report to Congress six months after the bill's enactment identifying the total number of individuals found to be participants in the Nazi persecution and the total number of individuals whose benefits were effectively revoked. The Social Security Administration has refused the AP's request for the overall number of Nazi suspects who received benefits and the dollar amounts of the payments. The AP in October appealed the agency's denial of the information through the Freedom of Information Act. The appeal also cited several concerns about the Social Security Administration's handling of the FOIA request, including the agency's decision to change the request "in a manner serving both to undercut AP's inquiry while simultaneously sparing the SSA from having to disclose potentially embarrassing information," the Oct. 16 appeal said. Read More


  • Casey, Schumer to Introduce Bill to Close Loophole That Allows Expelled Nazis to Collect Social Security Benefits

    Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Charles Schumer (D-NY), members of the Senate Finance Committee, announced that they will soon introduce legislation to close a loophole that has allowed Nazis to collect Social Security benefits. A new investigation by the Associated Press revealed that dozens of Nazi war criminals have received Social Security benefits years after being forced out of the U.S. Casey and Schumer pledged to introduce the legislation soon and push for speedy consideration. Read More


  • Casey Introduces Caregiver Corps Plan to Aid Aging Residents in PA and Their Families Who Care for Them

    Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced legislation that would create a national Caregiver Corps plan to aid families in Pennsylvania who provide care to aging or disabled relatives. As middle class Americans are increasingly sandwiched between the need to provide care for aging relatives, raise children and secure their own retirement, the Casey legislation would allow family caregivers a respite. The bill would connect the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) with local volunteers to fill in the gaps in the current system so that volunteers can be better connected with families in need of assistance. HHS would provide the structure and guidelines needed to bolster locally driven efforts that connect families with willing volunteers. Read More


  • Casey Unveils National Caregiver Corps Plan to Aid Aging Residents in Southwestern PA and Their Families Who Provide Care

    Johnstown, PA- Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) joined by Johnstown area residents and medical professionals in the region unveiled a national Caregiver Corps plan to aid aging residents in Southwestern Pennsylvania and their families who provide care. As middle class Americans are increasingly sandwiched between the need to provide care for aging relatives, raise children and secure their own retirement, the Casey legislation would allow family caregivers a respite. The bill would connect the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) with local volunteers to fill in the gaps in the current system so that volunteers can be better connected with families in need of a caregiver. HHS would provide the structure and guidelines needed to bolster locally driven efforts that connect families with willing volunteers Read More


  • Casey Hears Regional Testimony from South Central PA Residents on Challenges Confronting “Sandwich Generation”

    Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) heard testimony from South Central PA residents about the challenges of the region's so-called "sandwich generation" who are caring for older parents, raising children and preparing for retirement,. Residents from Central Pennsylvania described the increasing challenges for these families. Experts from the region detailed the difficulties that more and more families face as they care for aging parents, try to make a decent wage in today’s economy and trying to squeeze every penny to ensure a secure retirement. Read More


  • Casey Hearing Examines Challenges that Region’s “Sandwich Generation” Faces: Caring for Older Parents, Raising Children and Preparing for Retirement

    Pittsburgh, PA- Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) chaired a hearing of the U.S. Senate Aging Committee that examined the challenges of the region's so-called "sandwich generation" who are caring for older parents, raising children and preparing for retirement. Residents from Southwestern Pennsylvania described the increasing challenges that these new realities are placing on their families. Experts from throughout the region detailed the difficulties that more and more families face as they care for aging parents, try to make a decent wage in today’s economy and trying to squeeze every penny to ensure a secure retirement. Read More


  • Casey to VA: Make Internal Documents on Legionnaires’ Outbreak Available to Public

    Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) sent a letter to Secretary Eric K. Shinseki, the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), calling on the VA to make its internal investigations of the Legionnaires' outbreak that occurred in Pittsburgh during 2012 available to the public. Recent reporting on the documents raises new questions about the VA’s response. Reporting indicates that these internal investigations took place in the weeks following the outbreak. Releasing the documents could provide more answers to impacted families and the public while shedding light on the information the VA had when the outbreak occurred. Read More


  • Casey Pushes for Passage of Legislation that Would Create Nationwide Amber Alert Style System for Missing Seniors

    Bethlehem PA- Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) pushed for passage of legislation that would create a nationwide 'AMBER Alert' style system for missing seniors. The proposal would create a ‘Silver Alert’ system that would bring federal coordination to state and local efforts to track down missing seniors. Senator Casey was joined by seniors and advocates for older Pennsylvanians who discussed the challenges faced by someone dealing with a disease like Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. According to the Alzheimer’s Association 6 in 10 individuals with dementia will wander at some point, yet no federal efforts exist that specifically target seniors. Read More


  • Casey Pushes for Passage of Legislation that Would Create Nationwide Amber Alert Style System for Missing Seniors

    Scranton PA- Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) pushed for passage of legislation that would create a nationwide 'AMBER Alert' style system for missing seniors. The proposal would create a ‘Silver Alert’ system that would bring federal coordination to state and local efforts to track down missing seniors. Senator Casey will be joined by seniors and advocates for older Pennsylvanians who will discuss the challenges faced by someone dealing with a disease like Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. According to the Alzheimer’s Association 6 in 10 individuals with dementia will wander at some point, yet no federal efforts exist that specifically target seniors. Read More


  • Casey Launches Central Web Resource to Protect Seniors from Abuse, Scams

    Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) launched a new central web resource to protect seniors from abuse and scams. Casey discussed county by county data highlighting the regional breakdown across the state, which can be found below. Casey's web resource centralized state and federal resources that seniors can rely on. One estimate indicates that only 1 in 14 cases of elder abuse is actually reported because seniors sometimes don’t know where to turn. Read More


  • Casey Statement on PA Voter ID Ruling

    "Today's ruling is a victory for the fundamental voting right of every Pennsylvanian. Implementing Voter ID would prevent tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians from exercising their right to vote, including elderly Pennsylvanians who’ve fought in our wars and worked to make our country safe. Voter ID is crumbling under the weight of its own faulty premises and misguided reasoning." Read More


  • Casey Calls on FTC to Issue Alert on Email 'Phishing' Scams to Protect Consumers Over Holidays

    After a week in which millions of consumers saw their personal financial information compromised, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) called on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to issue an alert that will warn consumers to ever rising email phishing scams. An alert will educate the public on these scams which have already cost consumers over $250 million in the first half of this year and have hit seniors especially hard. Read More


  • Casey Urges Corbett to Expand Medicaid Now

    Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) called on Governor Tom Corbett to expand Medicaid while continuing to work on his broader Medicaid reform plan. Failure to expand Medicaid before January 1, 2014 would unnecessarily penalize 500,000 Pennsylvanians who would be caught in a coverage gap because their incomes are below 100% of the federal poverty level. Read More


  • Casey Files Court Brief to Support Path to Justice for Victims

    Scranton PA- After a scam bilked millions of dollars from thousands of Pennsylvania seniors, U.S. Senator Bob Casey filed an amicus court brief to support a path to justice for the victims. The scheme was perpetrated by telemarketing firms who worked in tandem with major financial institutions. The scammers discussed Medicare benefits with seniors but were really interested in obtaining their private financial information to drain their bank accounts. Read More


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