FRAMINGHAM – Democratic Whip Katherine Clark (MA-5) visited the Shillman House in Framingham on Friday, March 31, 2023, to talk with local seniors, share how Democrats are defending Americans’ retirement security, and discuss how the Inflation Reduction Act is slashing retirees’ bills.
Shillman House is an aging-in-place senior living community that houses 160 people.
“Our seniors earned their Medicare and Social Security through a lifetime of hard work, and I’m not going to let anyone take those benefits away,” said Whip Clark. “Americans deserve the dignity of a secure retirement. And thanks to Democrats’ historic Inflation Reduction Act, we’re delivering that security to seniors across the Commonwealth – capping out-of-pocket drug costs and ensuring nobody has to choose between groceries and their prescriptions.”
Alongside Massachusetts Senate President Karen Spilka and State Representatives Jack Lewis and Danielle Gregoire, Clark spoke with staff at Shillman House about the challenges they face and their aging-in-place senior living model.
“In visiting our Shillman campus, Congresswoman Clark once again demonstrated her commitment to senior adults and to addressing the challenges they face every day,” said Amy Schectman, President and CEO of 2Life Communities. “Engaging with many of our residents, she honored their life experience, wisdom, and concerns. We are excited to continue working with Congresswoman Clark to build a better future for older adults in Massachusetts and the country.”
Clark has long been a champion for lowering health care costs and ensuring seniors can age with the dignity they deserve. She voted for critical legislation to provide older Americans with much-needed support, including capping the price of insulin at $35 a month and expanding health insurance coverage for seniors. She is also a vocal defender of saving Medicare and Social Security from Republican budget cuts.
Additionally, Clark voted for the Inflation Reduction Act – a game changer for American seniors. In Massachusetts, it is already bringing down costs by:
- Capping Medicare Part D out-of-pocket costs at $2,000 per year
- Empowering Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices
- Capping insulin copays at $35 per month under Medicare
- Expanding eligibility for Part D low-income subsidies
- Expanding free vaccine coverage for Medicare beneficiaries
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