Throughout my career in public service, what has driven me every day has been my dedication to protecting and safeguarding the rights of Nevada families, children, and seniors. Growing up, I had a very close relationship with my grandparents that exposed me to how often scammers targeted seniors.
As Nevada Attorney General, I combatted elder fraud by sponsoring a bill in the Nevada Legislature that created the Senior Protection Unit to provide the Attorney General’s office the necessary resources to investigate senior abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
My fight for seniors did not end in Carson City. I am taking this fight to Washington, and as a new member of the U.S. Senate and the Senate Special Committee on Aging, I will continue to be an advocate for Nevada seniors.
The first battle to defend seniors is protecting the Affordable Care Act (ACA) from being recklessly repealed. I am the first to admit that Obamacare is not perfect, but simply repealing this law – and taking away health care coverage for 20 million Americans – is a nonstarter for me. While there are some provisions in the law that we should eliminate, such as the Cadillac Tax, Congress should not ignore the fact that the ACA has significantly improved the quality of life for many Americans, especially Nevada seniors. We should build on the law’s successes and work together to ensure that more Americans get the health insurance and lower health care costs they need and deserve.
Since the ACA’s first open enrollment period, the law has strengthened Medicare by lowering costs and increasing services for thousands of Nevada seniors. The ACA’s closing of the prescription drug doughnut hole has saved 34,000 seniors $33 million on drugs in 2015 alone, which averaged to $967 per beneficiary. Additionally, the ACA has eliminated out-of-pocket costs for 288,149 Medicare beneficiaries in Nevada for preventative services like cancer screenings, bone-mass measurements, annual physicals, and smoking cessation.
Protecting seniors and their access to quality healthcare should not be a partisan issue. I will continue to fight for Nevada seniors by protecting and improving the Affordable Care Act.