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Congressman Vicente Gonzalez

Representing the 15th District of Texas

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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October 18, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) opened a district office in Seguin, Texas on Wednesday, October 17 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

 

The new office, located at 1243 Cardinal Ln., Seguin, Texas 78155, is the fifth office for residents in the 15th District of Texas and will serve constituents in the northernmost areas.

October 11, 2018 In The News

MCALLEN, Texas - Congressman Vicente Gonzalez is pledging to reverse what he calls the unacceptable trend of the rising cost of prescription drugs.

A recently released AP investigation shows during the first seven months of 2018, American families have faced 96 price hikes for prescription drugs for every one price cut.

October 9, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) has co-sponsored H.R. 6933, the Equal Treatment of Public Servants Act of 2018, that makes sure that teachers, firefighters, and police officers will receive a Social Security benefit that reflects their actual work history.

The bill also provides critical relief to public servants who are already retired and are affected by the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP), which uses an arbitrary, one-size-fits-all formula for certain public servants.

October 5, 2018 In The News

WASHINGTON - Congressman Vicente Gonzalez has cosponsored H.R. 1017, the Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act of 2017, in response to constituent and citizen requests from Seguin, Brownsville, Laredo and other parts of Texas.

 

October 4, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) has cosponsored H.R. 1017, the Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act of 2017, in response to constituent and citizen requests from Seguin, Brownsville, Laredo and other parts of Texas.

October 3, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today highlighted a new Associated Press report showing soaring prescription drug prices.

September 19, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) is encouraging eligible applicants in the 15th District of Texas to apply for available Recruiting Assistant positions for the 2020 Decennial Census. 

August 14, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today issued the following statement recognizing the 83rd Anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt signing Social Security into law:

 

“Today marks 83 years since President Franklin D. Roosevelt enacted the Social Security program, which has helped millions of Americans retire comfortably after a lifetime of hard work. Since then, we have honored our promise to protect our elderly and ensure reliable access to the resources and support that they earned.

May 24, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressmen Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) and Doug Collins (R-GA-09) introduced H.R. 5958, the Phair Pricing Act of 2018, to lower the cost of prescription medications for patients in the Medicare Part D program.

January 22, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressmen Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) and Henry Cuellar (TX-28) released the following statement today regarding negative effects of a government shutdown on Hidalgo County and the state of Texas: