Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher Visits with Local Seniors, To Hear How Lower Prescription Drug Costs and Protecting Social Security Will Benefit Them

Press Release

Date: Aug. 15, 2022
Location: Houston, TX

Today, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) visited with residents at Brookdale Senior Living to discuss the Inflation Reduction Act, H.R. 5376--which makes prescription drugs more affordable for senior citizens--and to reaffirm her commitment to protect Social Security.

"Seniors are important members of our community who deserve financial security and affordable health care," said Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher. "I was glad to visit with seniors in our district to discuss their concerns, and to share with them how we have worked to address them in the Inflation Reduction Act, which lowers prescription drug costs. And, as some leaders in Congress have proposed ending Social Security and Medicare, I also talked with them about how this Congress is working to put people over politics and fight for our seniors and these vital programs."

Last week, Congresswoman Fletcher voted for the Inflation Reduction Act, H.R. 5376, which will be signed into law tomorrow. The legislation provides support for seniors by:
- Allowing Medicare to negotiate the price of prescription drugs, making them more affordable for the more than 63 million Medicare beneficiaries;
- Capping Medicare patients' out of pocket costs at $2,000 per year, with the option to break that amount into affordable monthly payments;
- Capping insulin costs at $35 per month under Medicare;
- Imposing penalties on drug companies that hike up prices above the rate of inflation for Medicare patients; and
- Providing free vaccines for Medicare beneficiaries.

Congresswoman Fletcher is also a co-sponsor of the Social Security Fairness Act of 2021, H.R. 82, which, if enacted, would repeal provisions that reduce Social Security benefits for certain individuals who have devoted their careers to public service. According to the Social Security Administration, 94,809 people in Texas' Seventh Congressional District rely on Social Security programs.