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Seniors & Medicare

For decades, Medicare and Social Security have helped millions of Americans retire comfortably after a lifetime of work. As a country, we made a promise to protect our elderly and ensure they would have reliable access to the resources and support that they earned. Today, more than ever, we cannot abandon our seniors when their resources, and ultimately their independence is threatened.

Congressman Gonzalez opposes ill-advised efforts to privatize Social Security or turn Medicare into a voucher system. The congressman supports protecting Social Security and expanding and improving Medicare for all Americans.

Unfortunately, one in every five elderly Americans have been victims of financial abuse. As a member of the House Committee on Financial Services, Congressman Gonzalez seeks to enact policies that protect senior citizens from financial exploitation.  

The congressman has proudly co-sponsored legislation that would: address the long-term challenges associated with funding Social Security and ensure that seniors’ hard-earned benefits keep pace with the rising cost of living, healthcare, and prescription drugs. Some of this legislation includes: H.R. 676, Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act, H.R. 849, Protecting Seniors' Access to Medicare Act of 2017, and H.R. 508, the Seniors Have Eyes, Ears, and Teeth Act of 2017.

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November 19, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Friday, November 19, 2021, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) released the following statement after voting to pass H.R. 5376, the Build Back Better Act:

 

October 27, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) joined Congressman John B. Larson (CT-01) to introduce the Social Security 2100: A Sacred Trust. 

This legislation will make long-overdue improvements to Social Security benefits. Most notably, the measure aims to end the 5-month waiting period to receive disability benefits, protect payments against inflation, and enhance benefits for widows and widowers in dual income households. 

September 20, 2021 Press Release

Washington – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced a $2,274,088 award from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the National Church Residences in Seguin, Texas. This funding will support the construction of 14 affordable low-income housing units for elderly individuals. 

April 21, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, April 20, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) voted to protect senior citizens from financial fraud and scammers by supporting H.R. 1565, the Senior Security Act. The Senior Security Act builds upon the Senior Safe Act and creates an interdivisional task force at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to examine and identify challenges facing senior investors.  Congressman Gonzalez is an original cosponsor of the bipartisan Senior Security Act.

April 5, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) has co-sponsored the Public Servants Protection and Fairness Act of 2021, legislation that will fix the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) for future retirees and provide meaningful relief to teachers, firefighters, police officers and public servants who are impacted by this provision. 

January 21, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – After last year’s successful launch, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) will be holding the 15th District of Texas’ second annual “Valentines for Vets” program to collect and distribute Valentine’s Day cards to local veterans. This year, “Valentines for Vets” will also include “Valentines for Frontline Workers” to show our gratitude for those selflessly serving our community during the pandemic. 

January 21, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – After last year’s successful launch, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) will be holding the 15th District of Texas’ second annual “Valentines for Vets” program to collect and distribute Valentine’s Day cards to local veterans. This year, “Valentines for Vets” will also include “Valentines for Frontline Workers” to show our gratitude for those selflessly serving our community during the pandemic. 

November 16, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) and 18 other Members of Congress requested Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar allocate unused Provider Relief Fund monies as soon as possible to provide Assisted Living Facilities with much needed support. 

Senior living center operators have received a fraction of the relief needed and continue to sustain heavy financial losses while caring for a vulnerable population. COVID-related losses total roughly $15 billion for these care centers.

June 2, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) and 52 bipartisan members of Congress called on U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar to include senior living communities in future distributions of CARES Act coronavirus relief funding.

April 17, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) and 77 of his colleagues sent a letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma asking them to work with states, localities, and private labs to immediately collect and publicly report facility-level data on the number of long-term care residents affected by the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19), including cases and fatalities.