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File Number: 092848
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File Number: 092848 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-1274-09 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: SR CITIZENS NO SOCIAL SECURITY COST OF LIVING FOR 2010 Introduced: 10/21/2009
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 11/3/2009
Agenda Date: 11/3/2009 Agenda Item Number: 11A21
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION URGING CONGRESS TO PASS LEGISLATION ADDRESSING THE ADVERSE AFFECTS ON SENIOR CITIZENS OF NO SOCIAL SECURITY COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT FOR 2010 COUPLED WITH LIKELY INCREASES IN MEDICARE PART B PREMIUMS
Indexes: LEGISLATURE
Sponsors: Rebeca Sosa, Prime Sponsor
  Audrey M. Edmonson, Co-Sponsor
  Dorrin D. Rolle, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 11/3/2009 11A21 Adopted P

County Attorney 10/21/2009 Assigned Jess M. McCarty

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION URGING CONGRESS TO PASS LEGISLATION ADDRESSING THE ADVERSE AFFECTS ON SENIOR CITIZENS OF NO SOCIAL SECURITY COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT FOR 2010 COUPLED WITH LIKELY INCREASES IN MEDICARE PART B PREMIUMS

BODY
WHEREAS, on October 15, 2009, the Social Security Administration announced that, because the economic recession has caused prices for many consumer goods to fall, there will be no Cost-Of-Living Adjustment (COLA) for Social Security in 2010; and
WHEREAS, 2010 will be the first year without a Social Security COLA since such COLAs based on the rate of inflation first went into effect in 1975; and
WHEREAS, Social Security is a fundamentally important source of income to many senior citizens, who rely on this income for life’s basic necessities; and
WHEREAS, almost 70 percent of Social Security recipients depend on Social Security for 50 percent or more of their income, while 15 percent of Social Security recipients depend on it as their sole source of income; and
WHEREAS, while the Social Security COLA is intended to help senior citizens keep up with inflation, a recent study of 20 key expenditures by the Senior Citizens League found that senior citizens have lost 20 percent of their buying power since 2000; and
WHEREAS, no COLA in 2010 will further erode the buying power of senior citizens, and the Congressional Budget Office is also forecasting that there will be no Social Security COLA for 2011 further exacerbating this problem; and
WHEREAS, the Social Security COLA currently is calculated using the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W), which is based on the change in prices of a broad range of goods used by people in the workforce; and
WHEREAS, the problem with the CPI-W is that senior citizens’ spending habits are different than younger people in the workforce; and
WHEREAS, senior citizens spend a far greater share of their income on health care than younger people, for example, and as such, the CPI-W doesn’t accurately reflect the increases in costs experienced by senior citizens; and
WHEREAS, health care costs have risen much faster than the inflation rate over the last decade, and health care costs are expected to continue to increase by 6.2 percent each year even as other prices remain steady or fall; and
WHEREAS, while Social Security payments will remain flat for 2010 and are also likely to remain flat for 2011, Medicare Part B premiums are expected to continue to rise reflecting rising health care costs; and
WHEREAS, Medicare Part B premiums cover physician and other outpatient care; and
WHEREAS, Medicare Part B premiums have increased 112 percent over the last decade, and are expected to continue to increase in the next few years; and
WHEREAS, under current law, Medicare Part B premiums cannot increase more than the Social Security COLA for 73 percent of Medicare enrollees, but without Congressional action, the other 27 percent of Medicare Part B enrollees would see their premiums increase by 20 percent because Part B premiums are required to cover 25 percent of Medicare Part B costs; and
WHEREAS, millions of senior citizens ' Medicare Part B premiums are paid out of their Social Security checks, and without a COLA to cover the difference, increases in Medicare premiums will mean a smaller Social Security check each month for many senior citizens; and
WHEREAS, Congress is considering bills to address the adverse affects on senior citizens of no Social Security COLA in 2010 coupled with anticipated higher Medicare Part B premiums; and
WHEREAS, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed H.R. 3631, the Medicare Premium Fairness Act, with strong bipartisan support by a vote of 406-18; and
WHEREAS, H.R. 3631 would freeze all Medicare enrollees’ premiums, ensuring that 2010 Part B premiums remain at their current level and senior citizens won’t see a decrease in their Social Security benefits; and
WHEREAS, H.R. 3631 now goes to the U.S. Senate for consideration; and
WHEREAS, a second bill filed in the House, H.R. 3557, referred to as the Emergency COLA bill, would provide a Social Security COLA for 2010 equal to the average COLA over the past ten (10) years, which is approximately 3 percent; and
WHEREAS, a third House bill, H.R. 3572, would provide for a Social Security COLA for 2010 of 2.9 percent; and
WHEREAS, passage of one or more of these bills would not only prevent senior citizens from seeing decreases in their monthly Social Security checks during these already difficult times, but also prevent senior citizens from losing the compounding effect in future years of a COLA increase for 2010, which would extend throughout the remainder of their retirement; and
WHEREAS, another bill being considered in the House, H.R. 2429, referred to as the Consumer Price Index for Elderly Consumers Act of 2009, would require the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to publish a new consumer price index specifically targeted at elderly consumers, that would reflect the actual expenses faced by seniors, including their higher spending on health care, and direct the Social Security Administration to use this index to determine annual Social Security COLAs; and
WHEREAS, passage of H.R. 2429 would ensure that future Social Security COLAs more accurately reflect the increases in costs that senior citizens incur; and
WHEREAS, passage of one or more of the above-referenced bills would assist the many senior citizens who depend in Social Security for life’s basic necessities,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board:
Section 1. Urges Congress to pass legislation addressing the adverse affects on senior citizens from no Social Security cost of living adjustment for 2010 coupled with likely increases in Medicare Part B premiums, including passage of one or more of the following bills:
a. H.R. 3631, the Medicare Premium Fairness Act;
b. H.R. 3557 and H.R. 3572, the Emergency COLA bills; and
c. H.R. 2429, the Consumer Price Index for Elderly Consumers Act of 2009.
Section 2. Directs the Clerk of the Board to transmit a certified copy of this resolution to the members of the Florida Congressional Delegation.
Section 3. Directs the County's federal lobbyists to advocate for the legislation set forth in Section 1 above, and authorizes and directs the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs to amend the 2009 and 2010 Federal Legislative Packages to include these items.



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