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

February 4, 2021 Press Release

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today introduced a bill to provide preference to local contractors for work on or services provided at Department of Veterans Affairs facilities. The measure would benefit local economies by retaining companies that support local incomes.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

January 25, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will receive a $634,844 grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke for research on the proteins that cause amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

January 21, 2021 Press Release

 

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), a senior member of both the Judiciary the Transportation and Infrastructure Committees, today introduced a bill to name the Memphis Federal Building at 167 North Main the Odell Horton Federal Building, honoring in his name alone the first African American federal judge to serve in the Western District of Tennessee since Reconstruction.

January 13, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that the University of Tennessee Health Science Center will receive a $1,285,586 grant from the National Institute on Aging for research into Alzheimer Disease.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

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,