Seniors

Congressman Cohen has worked to strengthen Medicare and Social Security and has consistently voted against measures that would be detrimental to their security and solvency. Hard working Americans pay into Social Security and Medicare throughout most of their lives and he believes that Congress has a duty to ensure their retirement security. 

Congressman Cohen is a cosponsor of several bills to help protect and enhance Social Security benefits including the Guaranteed 3% COLA for Seniors Act and the CPI for Seniors Act to ensure that seniors receive appropriate cost-of-living adjustments. 

Congressman Cohen is a cosponsor of the Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act. This bill allows the Department of Health and Human Services to negotiate with pharmaceutical manufacturers over the prices that may be charged for prescription drugs. The goal of this bill is to reduce the costs of prescription drugs for Medicare beneficiaries.

Congressman Cohen is a cosponsor of the Seniors Have Eyes, Ears and Teeth Act. This bill allows seniors covered by Medicare to access basic health care necessities such as eyeglasses, hearing aids, and dental care.

Congressman Cohen is a cosponsor of the Keep Our Pensions Promises Act to prohibit trustees of multiemployer pension plans from reducing retirees’ monthly benefits and safeguard promised benefits by creating a new legacy fund that would insure participants from companies that stop paying into pension plans.

Congressman Cohen is a cosponsor the Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act, the House Companion to the Senate’s Butch Lewis Act. These bills ensure that all promised pension benefits are paid by creating a Pension Rehabilitation Trust Fund in the U.S. Treasury Department.

More on Seniors

November 10, 2020 Press Release

MEMPHIS -- Congressman Steve Cohen released the following statement commemorating this year’s Veterans Day:  

“Each November, we pause to pay special tribute to the brave men and women who have served our country in uniform. This year, we also commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II and cherish our few remaining heroes of that conflict. 

September 15, 2020 Press Release

 

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) will receive two grants totaling more than $790,000 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The first, for $581,359, from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, will underwrite research on renal insufficiency in infants. The second, for $210,000, from the National Institute on Aging, will support research on the biochemistry of aging.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

September 9, 2020 Press Release

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will receive a grant of $4,950,350 from the National Institute on Aging for research on aging.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

June 30, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) will receive a $357,200 grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke for research into the genetics of stroke vulnerability.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

June 6, 2020 Press Release

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) will receive a grant of $228,000 from the National Institute on Aging for research on amyloid precursor proteins.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

“Research on the aging process is critical, especially as our country’s elderly population grows. This grant will keep our medical school scientists in their labs making new discoveries to benefit us all.”

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April 21, 2020 Press Release

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today sent email notifications to constituents to ensure they are aware of Wednesday’s noon deadline for claiming supplement payments for eligible dependents for those receiving Social Security, survivor or disability and Railroad Retirement. See the letter below:

 

Dear Friend,

April 14, 2020 Press Release

 

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) will receive a $345,338 grant from the National Institute on Aging for research on data-driven identification of costly multi-morbidity groupings.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

“I’m pleased that our medical school in Memphis can continue to conduct research on aging even as we endure this serious pandemic. This funding will keep scientists in their labs and will help find answers from an analysis of data.”

April 2, 2020 Press Release

MEMPHIS -- Over the past several weeks, Congressman Cohen’s office has received a flood of calls from constituents regarding their ability to receive the economic stimulus payments that Congress passed as part of the CARES Act. Social Security recipients, those who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and other individuals who do not typically file taxes were told they would be required to go through additional hurdles in order to receive this much-needed aid.

March 19, 2020 Press Release

  

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure’s Aviation Subcommittee, today joined Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) and Congressman Jesus “Chuy” Garcia (IL-04) in writing to House and Senate leaders negotiating a possible airline bailout urging them to include consumer and other protections in any deal. 

February 3, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today received the Tennessee Alzheimer’s Leader Award for his leadership in supporting Tennessee families facing the disease. The award was presented by members of the Tennessee chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association in his Memphis district office. 

Congressman Cohen made the following statement: