Congressman Scott Peters

Representing the 52nd District of California

Seniors

Representative Scott Peters Stands Up For Seniors

A member of the House Seniors Task Force, Scott Peters makes it a priority to stand up for our district’s seniors. He understands that the importance of financial security and access to Social Security and Medicare are programs that people have spent lifetimes paying into. For many of our seniors, they are a lifeline and need to be strengthened and protected. He is also committed to protecting seniors’ access to medical care of the highest quality and is working to ensure that our community can age with respect, dignity, and autonomy.

I. Protect and Strengthen Social Security and Medicare

Scott knows that Social Security and Medicare are a contract between the government and generations of Americans who have worked hard and paid into these programs. He and his office have secured over $150,000 in overdue benefits for people throughout San Diego.

  • Scott voted to increase funding for the Social Security Administration by $651 million so that it is better able to serve the people of San Diego.
  • Scott voted to increase funding for Community Services Block Grants by $39 million so that local, community-based organizations have the funding they need to deliver services to seniors.
  • Scott cosponsors the Preventing and Reducing Improper Medicare and Medicaid Expenditures Act which takes steps to crack down on fraud and abuse in the Medicare and Medicaid system and ensures that these programs are able to provide help to the people who need them.
  • Scott has consistently opposed efforts to cut Social Security and Medicare and helped author a letter urging the House to protect the programs in budget negotiations.

II. Guarantee that seniors can access the healthcare they need.

Scott knows that access to affordable and effective healthcare is a top priority for seniors. He has taken numerous steps to ensure that seniors are able to receive the best care possible. He and his office have held numerous seminars to help seniors understand and navigate the Affordable Care Act.

  • Scott voted to ensure that doctors continue to receive reimbursements that allow them to provide Medicare recipients with high quality health care.
  • Scott cosponsors the Seniors’ Tax Simplification Act that would provide a tax credit for seniors who purchase hearing aids.
  • Scott cosponsors the Protecting Seniors from Health Care Fraud Act, which takes steps to prevent seniors from being preyed upon by criminals who would take advantage of the confusing and complex health care system to raid seniors’ retirement savings.
  • Scott cosponsors the Elder Protection and Abuse Prevention Act which helps shed light on elder abuse and establishes protective legal measures to ensure that incidents of abuse are properly reported and reduced in San Diego and around the country.
  • Scott cosponsors the Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act which ensures that seniors and their families are able to be reimbursed by Medicare for skilled nursing services.

III. Support the seniors’ right to age with dignity.

Scott understands how important it is for Americans to be able to age in a way that maintains the dignity and reflects the respect that they have earned over the course of a remarkable lifetime. He is committed to increasing comfort, ensuring financial stability, and providing choices for our community as they get older.

  • Scott voted to protect the reverse mortgage program for seniors by requiring that the Department of Housing and Urban Development improve its fiscal safety and soundness. 
  • Scott sent a letter to his colleagues in the House Appropriations Committee urging them to provide funding for the Community Innovations for Aging in Place program. The program gives seniors the option to remain in their homes rather than being transferred to assisted living facilities where their lives and comfort may be disrupted.
  • Scott cosponsors the Seniors’ Tax Simplification Act which simplifies the tax filing requirements for seniors. These forms and processes are far too complicated and need to be more accessible and less of a burden.
  • Scott cosponsors the Personalize Your Care Act which ensures that seniors are able to make important personal decisions about their lives by requiring that Medicare cover advance planning consultations.

IV. Keep seniors informed about scams criminals use to target them.

Scott has heard from seniors throughout San Diego who are concerned with the prevalence of scams that target them. He has joined with Rep. Susan Davis and the California Contractors State License Board to educate our community about the most common tactics used by criminals who prey on seniors.

  • Scott and his office have hosted eight Senior Scam Stopper Workshops throughout the community.
  • Residents of La Jolla, Poway, Rancho Penasquitos, Coronado, and Downtown San Diego have hosted these events which have been well attended and provide crucial information for seniors.
  • The workshops offer advice and assistance to seniors about how to protect themselves against fraud related to home repairs, auto repair, insurance, telecommunications, and identity theft.
  • Previous participating agencies include, but are not limited to, the: CA Contractors State License Board, CA Bureau of Automotive Repair, San Diego County Aging & Independence Services, Coronado Police Department, CA Department of Insurance, San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and the CA State Controller’s Office.

For more information concerning my work and views on Seniors issues, please contact me.

 

Rep. Peters Criticizes ‘Early Dismissal’; Demands Vote to Combat Veterans’ Homelessness

“Despite progress in reducing the number of homeless veterans on our streets, there is still work to be done and we should not rest until every veteran is being served with the honor and respect they deserve,” Rep. Peters said. “Far too many veterans are falling through the cracks and don’t know where to turn for help, which is why programs like the recently launched Military Transition Support Project, which provides a central portal of key information to veterans, are so important.

Town Hall with Korean American Senior Association

Event Date: 
Friday, September 12, 2014 - 11:00am to 11:30am
Address: 
Korean American Association
6709 Convoy Court
San Diego, CA 92111
United States

Event: Town Hall with Korean American Senior Association of San Diego County

Date: Friday, September 12

Time: 11:00-11:30 AM PST

Location: Korean American Association

Address: 6709 Convoy Ct., San Diego, CA 92111

Issues: 
113th Congress

Rep. Peters Brings Together San Diego Leaders and DC Policy Makers

Rep. Peters hosted several roundtable discussions today: a standing room only briefing on the Military Transition Support Project; San Diego’s innovative telehealth and wireless medicine sector; ending the ongoing problem of homelessness among the veterans’ population; discussing bipartisan problem solving with NoLabels.org; and San Diego’s sustainable water future.

Town Hall with Serving Seniors Downtown

Event Date: 
Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Address: 
Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center
1525 4th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
United States

Event: Town Hall with “Serving Seniors (formerly Seniors Community Center)” Downtown

Date: Thursday, August 28

Time: 10:00 AM -11:00 AM PST

Location: Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center

Address: 1525 4th Avenue | San Diego, CA 92101

Issues: 
113th Congress

Rep. Peters Leads 71 Members in Call to Keep Congress in Session, Finish Pressing Legislative Business

“San Diegans and the American people deserve to see action on important issues, including funding the government past September 30 and avoiding another government shutdown, fighting and preventing wildfires that are burning the western states today, passing comprehensive immigration reform, protecting voting rights nationwide, and ensuring equal pay for equal work.”

Coronado Patch – Rep. Peters Helps Vets Secure $1.1 Million in Benefits, Refunds

Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) announced Monday, July 21 that his office has helped residents of the 52nd District secure more than $1.1 million in benefits to which they are entitled.

By cutting through red tape and helping them navigate the often complex federal bureaucracy, Rep. Peters and his district office staff have helped more than 1,000 constituents garner approximately $750,000 in due Veterans Affairs benefits, $130,000 from the Social Security Administration, and $130,000 from the Internal Revenue Service, the news release stated.

UT – Peters’ helps obtain $1.1 million in aid

The office of Rep. Scott Peters announced Monday it has surpassed the $1.1 million mark in helping obtain benefits that San Diego residents were entitled to from federal agencies but had difficulty receiving.

Like all congressional offices, Peters’ staff includes caseworkers who assist residents having problems with federal agencies.

“One of the most important jobs that I have as a member of Congress is to help my constituents break through the bureaucratic log jam of government red tape to get the answers they’re looking for and the benefits they are due,” Peters said.

Rep. Peters to Host Telephone Town Hall About ‘Growing the Innovation Economy and Creating Jobs for San Diego’

“Congress needs to end the partisanship, and work together to find solutions that help our local and national economy thrive,” Rep. Peters said. “San Diego is a hub for innovation, scientific research, our military, and tourism, which will continue to drive our local economy and job growth. Given our leadership in these industries, our region is primed for success. I’m looking forward to hearing from my constituents about how we can support these economic engines.”

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