With the disappearance of defined benefit pensions, skyrocketing healthcare costs and a constant threat to social security, the most vulnerable population in our district continues to be seniors. We are failing as a society when the people that built our neighborhoods are driven out economically from those neighborhoods in their senior years. I am fully supportive of expanding the State’s “circuit breaker” tax credit that has helped tens of thousands of seniors in the last 16 years.
Many seniors are faced with coverage gaps in their medicare coverage that forces them to choose between paying for prescriptions or heating their homes. As your Senator, I will work tirelessly to identify ways to bridge that gap, lower costs and increase assistance. I will vote in favor of legislation that increases eligibility to medicare savings programs.
Accessible public transportation is a human right. For seniors it is a necessity. Many older residents of our district rely on services like the MBTA’s “The Ride” or Gatra’s “Dial-A-Ride” to attend doctor appointments and shop for groceries. As your Senator, I will stand up against any cuts to these services and will work to expand accessibility.