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Seniors

Rosa stands with Connecticut’s seniors and is a strong supporter of Medicare and Social Security. 

Protecting Medicare

Rosa supports a strong Medicare program to ensure we meet the health needs of seniors and opposes policies and budgets that would weaken Medicare.  She supported provisions of the Affordable Care Act that improved the program, such as:

  • Closing the Medicare Part D ‘donut hole’
  • Eliminating out of pocket costs for recommended preventive health services, like annual wellness exams, cancer screenings, and diabetes screenings
  • Reducing fraud and abuse in the program

Strengthening Social Security

Rosa believes that preserving Social Security is part of our moral duty to keep retired Americans from falling into poverty. Social Security was founded on a promise: if you work in America, America will guarantee you a solid foundation for retirement. That is why Rosa works to strengthen Social Security and opposes privatization critical American cornerstone. She also introduced the Rebuild America Act which will increase Social Security benefits while strengthening the Social Security Trust Fund, ensuring its solvency for generations to come.

Social Security was always meant to be the bedrock of a balanced retirement plan. It guarantees Americans a dignified retirement, even if pensions, investments, and savings fail. Privatization would eliminate the last secure pillar of retirement in America. Rosa believes we must encourage Americans of all ages to save more of their income for the future, but that these efforts must complement Social Security, not threaten it.

Keeping Seniors Out of Poverty

Social Security has prevented over 50 percent of seniors from falling into poverty. However, women still face greater financial pressures, especially later in life. Seventy percent of the elderly in poverty are women, mainly due to income inequity and lost benefits over a lifetime that result. Rosa has fought to close the gender wage gap that reduces women’s economic security and believes in valuing all of the work that women do over a lifetime, including caregiving, in determining retirement benefits. She also fights to ensure that critical programs, such as Medicaid and anti-hunger programs, have enough resources to help eligible Connecticut seniors.

More on Seniors

March 25, 2020 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement after two residents of the Third District—one in New Haven and one in West Haven—died from the coronavirus (COVID-19).
March 14, 2020 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) released the following statement after voting to pass the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, legislation that will ensure free coronavirus tests, access to paid sick days and longer-term paid leave, and expanded food assistance for children and seniors. If enacted, this would be the first time paid sick days and paid family and medical legislation will be signed into law. DeLauro first introduced paid sick days legislation—the Healthy Families Act—in 2004, as well as paid family and medical leave legislation—the FAMILY Act—in 2013.
March 4, 2020 Press Release
Today, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, released the following statement after voting to pass the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020 (H.R. 6074), an emergency supplemental funding agreement to combat the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
February 25, 2020 Press Release
Today, House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman John B. Larson (CT-01) and House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services Chairwoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) condemned the final rule by the Social Security Administration (SSA), “Removing Inability to Communicate in English as an Education Category."
December 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, today released the following statement after the House passed her FY2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Appropriations bill by a vote of 297-120.

August 14, 2019 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released a video on the 84th Anniversary of Social Security being signed into law.
April 29, 2019 Press Release
Legislation increases discretionary funding by $11.7 billion from the 2019 level, investing in education, health care, medical research, and job training so people have a better chance at a better life. Bill funds firearm injury and mortality prevention research at CDC for first time in more than 20 years.
July 6, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released a new report on how the Republican tax law is hurting homeowners across Connecticut.
June 25, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement after the Republican majority on the House Appropriations Committee delayed markup on the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies bill for a second time in two weeks.
June 14, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement regarding the FY2019 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill, which was released ahead of the subcommittee mark-up.