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.

As a member of the House Democratic Task Force on Aging and Families, Cicilline wrote 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. He also introduced bipartisan legislation to expand funding opportunities for community and senior centers.

We can also provide seniors a more dignified retirement – and reduce spending – by investing in research, prevention, and allowing greater flexibility in Medicare spending. David is working 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. 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 fought to secure a $289 million increase for Alzheimer’s and dementia research funding in FY2022.



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