Legislation Pertaining to Matters Important to Senior Citizens Now Pending in Congress

(12/8/21)- With the House having passed President Bidenís spending package, and having sent it on to the Senate, here are the key provisions aimed at lowering the cost of medical bills/

Under the House legislation Medicare would be allowed to lower the price of 29 drugs a year once they have been on the market for several years. Their bill would limit how much seniors cab be asked to pay for their drugs. It would establish a spending cap of $2,000 a year for their drugs

It would cap co-payments for insulin at $35 a month, and it would have Medicare cover the cost of hearing aids.

(2/3/.05)-We will begin to update this article by linking this site into the FamiliesUSA site that contains a section that lists the bills that have been introduced in the House and Senate aimed at changing the new Medicare law. In order to see this data please proceed to their site at


This article was written in 2001. As we get the new information, we will update you on it. We apologize to our viewers for this inconvenience..

Prescription and Drug Related:

S.10 - Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage Act of 2001
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide coverage of outpatient prescription drugs under the Medicare program.

S.125 - Prescription Drug Fairness for Seniors Act of 2001

S.186 - Generic Pharmaceutical Access and Choice for Consumers Act of 2001

H.R.68 - To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act relating to the distribution chain of prescription drugs.

H.R.339 - Medicare Outpatient Prescription Drug Coverage Act of 2001

Health Care

S.24 - Health Care Assurance Act of 2001

H.R.2 - Social Security and Medicare Lock-Box Act of 2001

H.R.55 - To make the Federal employees health benefits program available to individuals age 55 to 65 who would not otherwise have health insurance, and for other purposes.

H.R.82 - Notch Baby Health Care Relief Act

H.R.274 - Seniors' Health Care Bill of Rights of 2001

H.R.898 - To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for the coverage of marriage and family therapist services under part B of the Medicare Program.

H.J.RES.13 - Expressing the sense of Congress regarding the need for a White House Conference to discuss and develop national recommendations concerning quality of care in assisted living facilities...

H.RES.29 - Relating to the treatment of veterans with Alzheimer's disease.

Retirement Benefits

S.278 and H.R.179 - Keep Our Promise to America's Military Retirees Act

S.611 and H.R.664 - Government Pension Offset Reform Act

S.631 and H.R.10 - Comprehensive Retirement Security and Pension Reform Act of 2001

H.R.12 - IRA Fairness Act of 2001

H.R.155 - Retirement Account Portability Act of 2001

H.R.180 - Railroad Retirement and Survivors' Improvement Act of 2001

H.R.446 - Federal Law Enforcement Officers Retirement Relief Act

H.R.831 - The Long-Term Care and Retirement Security Act of 2001

H.R.1073 - To amend title II of the Social Security Act to restrict the application of the Windfall Elimination Provision.


S.6 - Patients' Bill of Rights Act

S.283 - Bipartisan Patient Protection Act of 2001


S.181 - Older Americans Tax Fairness Act

H.R.12 - IRA Fairness Act of 2001

H.R.192 - To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the 1993 increase in income taxes on Social Security benefits.

H.R.209 - Seniors Tax Equity Act of 2001

H.R.831 - The Long-Term Care and Retirement Security Act of 2001

Security Assistance

H.R.388 - Home Energy Assistance Targeted for Seniors Act

H.R.336 - Surviving Spouses and Dependents Outreach Enhancement and Veterans Casework Improvement Act

H.R.425 - Housing Preservation Matching Grant Act of 2001

H.R.962 - Low Income Energy Reinvestment Act

Voting Rights

S.17 - Federal Elections Reform Act of 2001

S.218 - Election Reform Act of 2001

H.R.263 - Election Reform Act of 2001

Social Security

H.R.14 - Bipartisan Commission on Social Security Reform Act of 2001

H.R.80 - Notch Baby Act of 2001

H.R.97 and H.R.853 - Notch Fairness Act of 2001

H.R.166 - To strengthen and protect Social Security

H.R.832 - To guarantee the right of individuals to receive social security benefits under title II of the Social Security Act in full with an accurate annual cost-of-living adjustment.

H.R.849 - Savings Account for Every American Act of 2001

H.R.870 - Social Security Notch Act of 2001

H.R.1069 - Bipartisan Social Security Reform and Results Commission Act of 2001

H.R.1091 - To amend title II of the Social Security Act to provide that a monthly insurance benefit thereunder shall be paid for the month in which the recipient dies, and for other purpose



By Allan Rubin and Harold Rubin, MS, ABD, CRC, Guest Lecturer
updated December 8, 2021

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