NATIONAL COMMITTEE TO PRESERVE SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE

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aka NCPSSM   |   Washington, DC   |  www.ncpssm.org

Mission

The mission of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, a membership organization, is to protect, preserve, promote, and ensure the financial security, health, and the well being of current and future generations of maturing Americans.

The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare acts in the best interests of its members through advocacy, education, services, grassroots efforts, and the leadership of the Board of Directors and professional staff. The efforts of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare are directed toward developing better-informed citizens and voters.

Ruling year info

1984

President and CEO

Mr. Max Richtman

Main address

111 K Street, NE, Suite 700

Washington, DC 20002 USA

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EIN

52-1312579

NTEE code info

Senior Centers/Services (P81)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare works on behalf of its members and supporters in Washington DC to protect the benefits that Americans have paid for and earned during a lifetime of work — and aggressively fights against legislation that would slash, undermine or privatize these earned benefit programs. Our staff advocates for legislation that would improve and expand Social Security and Medicare benefits to ensure a healthy and secure retirement for current and future generations of Americans, and to provide adequate funding for the Social Security Administration and for other programs and services relied on by our nation’s most vulnerable citizens. We also help educate our members and supporters about the impact of legislation on their retirement and health security, and provide information on how they can maximize their earned benefits.

Our programs

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Legislation

The National Committee focuses on educating legislators of the importance of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and the essential nature of the benefits provided.  A team of highly experienced policy analysts and lobbyists meets regularly with Members of Congress and their staffs to present the National Committee's positions and make recommendations regarding current legislative proposals.

Through its separately incorporated Political Action Committee, the National Committee supports incumbents and challengers who have demonstrated a strong commitment to seniors' issues. Voting records, campaign questionnaires and candidate interviews are considered when determining PAC support.

Key Priorities: Oppose Benefit Cut Proposals that would:

Social Security:
- Lower Social Security cost-of-living adjustments.
- Raise the retirement age to 69 or 70.
- Reduce Social Security benefits by changing the benefit formula.
- Privatize Social Security, which would unravel Social Security’s important insurance protections, force huge cuts in benefits, and increase risks for retirees.

Medicare:
- Raise the Medicare eligibility age from 65 to 67.
- Extend means testing of Medicare Part B and D Premiums to the middle class.
- Increase the Part B outpatient deductible.
- Require a $100 per episode copayment for home health services.
- Impose a surcharge on supplemental Medicare policies.
- Increase the beneficiary share of Part B premiums from 25 percent to 35 percent of program costs.
- End traditional Medicare by privatizing it through "Premium Support”.
- Repeal the Medicare benefit improvements made in the Affordable Care Act.

Medicaid:
- Block grant Medicaid and reduce funding to the states by $810 billion, or 22 percent, over ten years, which would threaten long-term care benefits.

Population(s) Served
Seniors

The National Committee has an active Grassroots education and advocacy effort that is conducted through a national network of managers, Area Representatives, Advocacy Leaders, volunteers and a Washington DC Rally Corp. These representatives distribute information on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid to seniors and other groups; organize and participate in workshops, forums, conferences and exhibits; and provide legislative updates, advocacy training and education.

The National Committee’s coalition work with the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO) and the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) has proven instrumental in drawing attention to major issues surrounding Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. The Strengthen Social Security Coalition and other civil rights and public service employee organizations have aided the National Committee, by strengthening our education and advocacy efforts.

The National Committee leadership and staff sponsored or participated in scores of public events, including widely attended conferences as well as policy briefings on Capitol Hill. Last year, National Committee staff conducted over 35 interviews for radio, TV and print media, drafted more than 30 separate letters to Congress and convened nearly 200 meetings with congressional delegates. The National Committee continues delivering petitions and letters from its members and supporters to Capitol Hill in support of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Organizing volunteers to speak on behalf of the National Committee about a wide range of efforts is also a priority.

In addition, the National Committee’s Communications Department produced substantial background and advocacy material supporting the aforesaid priorities, including written material, videos, blog postings, flyers, etc. The materials were widely disseminated to the public and Congressional offices and posted on its website – www.ncpssm.org. The National Committee has presented to external organizations like the American Society on Aging (ASA), the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and other associations whom share our common goal.

Finally, the National Committee communicates with and educates, members and supporters through participation and sponsorship of public events across the nation, and through our newsletters, email campaigns and a direct mail program. A priority is to explain to seniors the many improvements to Medicare that were included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Population(s) Served
Seniors

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare serves as an advocate for the landmark federal programs of Social Security and Medicare, and for all Americans so they may obtain a healthier, more productive and secure retirement. Providing education and information, we encourage our members and the public to learn about the legislative and regulatory proposals which will affect their working and retirement life. In turn, we take their concerns directly to the White House and Congress with our staff of experts and advocacy professionals. Through our advocacy, education, services, and grassroots efforts we aim to:
•Aggressively defend and protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid from harmful cuts or benefit reductions that would hurt American seniors, widows, children, and people with disabilities
•Enhance benefits to better provide what Americans need to live healthier and more productive lives
•Help keep beneficiaries out of poverty and allow them to live a life with dignity
•Educate the American public on the impact of new or pending legislation

• Legislative Policy
- Work with other advocacy groups on key issues that create a strong coalition for protecting and strengthening Americans’ retirement and health security
- Thoroughly review and analyze all federal legislation that impacts Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
- Create policy papers for Hill staff and the public
- Provide input on draft legislation — at times suggesting policy issues and recommending language changes
- Send letters to members of Congress voicing support for or opposition to pending legislation on upcoming committee and floor votes
- Focus on members of Congress who chair, oversee or appropriate funds to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid programs
- Participate in press conferences with members of Congress
- Provide testimony before Congress on issues that relate to the health and well-being of older Americans and our nation’s most vulnerable citizens
- Participate in national health policy conferences
- Make presentations as requested
- Regularly meet with members of Congress and their staffs, including the leadership of the committees with jurisdiction over Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Our membership gives us real clout in Washington which helps boost our legislative advocacy efforts and ultimately leads to real change that benefits older Americans
• Education – public and membership
- Send out regular communications to our members on current issues, pending legislation, etc.
- Provide essential benefit information to our members, including ways they can maximize their earned benefits
- Give Radio and Television interviews
- Publish Op-Eds

• Advocacy
- Activate local grassroots volunteers (Capitol Action Team) to participate in Hill rallies and press events
- Engage our more than one million members and supporters/activists in legislative battles by urging them to participate in letter-writing and petition campaigns to Congress, and make phone calls to their congressional representatives to ensure their views are heard in Washington
- Participate in town hall events, press conferences and forums to highlight issues of importance to seniors

• PAC
- Support candidates for Congress who share our views on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid
- Participate in town hall style events or press conferences with candidates for Congress
- Provide our members with a legislative scorecard so they can make informed decisions at the polls

•Our expert Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid lobbyists, grassroots organizers and communications professionals increase our voice, presence and clout on Capitol Hill.
•Our more than one million members and supporters/activists continue to follow current issues that allow for timely response with calls, letters, and visits to Capitol Hill.
•Our policy experts and staff review legislation that could impact the retirement and health security of older Americans, and using our long-standing relationships with policymakers work to defeat legislation that is not in the best interest of our members and supporters, and support legislation that is.
•We send online action alerts to our members and supporters urging them to take action when a bill is pending in Congress that could impact their earned benefits.
•We place op-eds in key news outlets in order to educate and influence the public and policymakers.
•We hold press conferences with members of Congress and other events to tout legislation that we support.

Our recent legislative accomplishments:

• On September 25, 2019, the Senate Committee on Finance passed S. 2543, the Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act of 2019. The bill would force pharmaceutical manufacturers to rebate Medicare if they raise their prices for drugs covered by Medicare Parts B and D faster than inflation and would establish a beneficiary out-of-pocket spending limit of no more than $3,100 a year on drug costs. The National Committee played a key role in helping to pass the bill in the Finance Committee.

• On December 12, 2019, by a margin of 230 to 192, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3, the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act. The bill would allow the Health and Human Services Department to negotiate prices for certain drugs with pharmaceutical manufacturers on behalf of Medicare; requires drug companies that raised the price of a drug in Medicare above the rate of inflation since 2016 to either lower the price or pay the entire price above inflation in a rebate back to the Treasury; creates a $2,000 Medicare beneficiary annual out-of-pocket cap for prescription drugs spending and provides partial coverage for Medicare hearing, dental and vision services. The National Committee played a key role in helping to pass the bill in the House.
• In March 2020, the National Committee worked with coalition partners to keep President Trump’s proposal to cut Social Security and Medicare payroll taxes out of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act (P.L. 116-136) and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (P.L. 116-127).

What's next on our legislative agenda:

As part of COVID relief legislation, the National Committee will lobby the 117th Congress to include the following priorities:

• Stop Big Pharma from Price Gouging COVID Vaccinations and Treatments: The National Committee has urged Congress to require reasonable pricing of any treatments or vaccines developed using public funding
• Federal Medicaid Payment: We support boosting the share of federal Medicaid funding known as the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) to a total of 14 percent through June 30, 2021.

During the 117th Congress, the National Committee will support legislation that embodies the following Social Security proposals supported by President Biden:

• Consumer Price Index for the Elderly (CPI-E). Improve the annual cost of living adjustment (COLA) formula to better reflect the costs incurred by seniors through adopting a CPI-E formula.

• Improvement of Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Update SSI’s complex rules surrounding living arrangements and modernize its outdated asset measure.

During the 117th Congress, the National Committee will support Medicare improvements made through the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act and support the Medicaid and ACA improvements made by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act.

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NATIONAL COMMITTEE TO PRESERVE SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE

Board of directors
as of 2/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Catherine J. Dodd, Ph.D., RN

Chair, National Committee


Board co-chair

Jim Crounse

Vice Chair, National Committee

Max I. Richtman, J.D.

President & CEO, National Committee

Catherine Dodd, PhD, RN

Chair, National Committee

Terry O'Neill

William Vaughn

Secretary, National Committee

Nick Smith

Treasurer, National Committee