Retirement Security


After a lifetime of hard work, Rhode Island’s seniors have earned the right to enjoy their retirement years with dignity, financial security, and quality affordable health care. It is critically important to David that we provide our nation’s seniors with access to quality health care, affordable prescription drugs, a secure retirement, safe housing, and responsive transportation services that help seniors live active and fulfilling lives.

Our government must honor the promises it makes, and David is fighting in Congress to protect Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.

As a member of House Democratic leadership, Cicilline helped design and deliver on an agenda to drive down the cost of prescription drugs and ensure hard-working families and older Americans have access to affordable, quality health care. And Cicilline has worked hard to pass landmark legislation in the House, the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act, which allows Medicare to negotiate directly with drug companies to drive down the price of prescription drugs, and prevents pharmaceutical companies from price gouging consumers.  

As a member of the House Democratic Task Force on Aging and Families, David is championing the Older Americans Bill of Rights, to ensure our federal policies guarantee seniors have access to affordable and comprehensive health care, financial and retirement security, full participation in their communities, and the ability to age with dignity and respect. And, Cicilline wrote the legislation to re-establish the House Permanent Select Committee on Aging, a federal panel to study and help respond to challenging issues facing seniors such as poverty, housing, health, employment, and long-term care.

We can also provide seniors a more dignified retirement – and reduce spending – by investing in research, prevention, and allowing greater flexibility in Medicare spending. And while the Trump Administration pursues policies that undermine Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, David is working his hardest to improve access to Medicare, and expand coverage to include a wider range of home health services and important necessities like hearing aids, eyeglasses, and dental care.

David is committed to protecting Social Security and has been a strong advocate for the Social Security 2100 Act, legislation that would help strengthen the Social Security Trust Fund while also improving the Cost of Living Adjustment formula to better reflect price changes in the goods and services regularly purchased by seniors. He has led the fight in Congress against “Chained CPI,” which would reduce cost-of-living adjustments for Rhode Island’s seniors over time. David also opposes the raising of the Social Security eligibility age or any effort to privatize the system. 

With Alzheimer’s disease remaining one of the top causes of death in Rhode Island, David is an active member of the Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease, and in 2019 he championed passage of the Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act, which will invest $100 million in federal funding for the prevention, treatment, and care of Alzheimer’s and related dementias.

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a particularly hard toll on older Americans. David has helped lead response and recovery efforts in the House, focusing on ways to provide effective relief for seniors as they withstand this public health crisis. Cicilline continues to advocate for additional relief measures, including those in the House-passed Heroes Act, which provides funding for rapid response at nursing facilities, makes COVID-19 testing more accessible for older Americans, ensures every American can access free COVID-19 treatment, protects the pensions of more than 1 million Americans, and enhances the availability of vital resources like home-delivered meals and in-home care.


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