Congress: Protect Americans age 50+
Millions of Americans age 50+ are already facing the one-two punch of the coronavirus pandemic and the economic crisis.
Tell Congress: Protect nursing home residents, fight hunger by improving the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and stop the Social Security COVID cut.
- Your Senators
Please defend and improve the lives of Americans over 50 by addressing three critical issues immediately: protecting nursing home residents, fighting hunger by improving the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and stopping the Social Security COVID cut.
COVID-19 infections are on the rise in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, and residents and staff remain in danger. Congress should ensure care facilities have additional funding specifically for testing, personal protective equipment, and other items and services that protect the health and safety of residents and staff. Congress must also ensure transparency on confirmed cases and deaths, and make virtual visitation available and facilitated for residents. Finally, Congress must also reject blanket immunity for long-term care facilities related to COVID-19 that would let these care facilities off the hook for abuse, neglect, and death.
Congress should fight hunger and increase the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Americans age 50+ make up a significant portion of households receiving SNAP benefits, which are especially important because many older Americans face challenges to employment, live on fixed incomes, live alone, and have limited financial resources to pay for necessities like food, housing, and essential medicine. Please work to temporarily increase the SNAP maximum benefit and the minimum monthly benefit to help ensure people can afford the food they need to stay healthy.
Social Security COVID cut
People turning age 60 in 2020 could see their Social Security benefits slashed simply because their lifetime benefits will be based on this year’s average wage index, which is much lower due to the economic slowdown. Americans age 50+ are already on edge about their financial and retirement security. An additional loss of Social Security benefits will put millions of AARP members at greater risk and could cut their lifetime benefits for average workers by $45,000. Workers have paid into Social Security with every paycheck. It’s a hard-earned benefit and a promise that must be kept. Please, protect people born in the year 1960 and stop the Social Security COVID cut!