Congressman Rick Nolan

Representing the 8th District of Minnesota
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Social Security & Medicare

I firmly believe Social Security and Medicare are earned benefits Americans have paid for from their first day on the job, and seniors deserve to know that what they have earned will be protected. Many seniors would be destitute without the benefits they worked for, earned, and have every right to expect. I am fundamentally against any plan or budget deal that privatizes, reduces, or compromises these successful and necessary programs or the benefits they provide. 

To that end, when the President proposed switching to a chained Consumer Price Index (CPI) to calculate senior's cost-of-living and inflation adjustments for Social Security, I strongly opposed this proposal, as it would have greatly reduced seniors' rightly-earned benefits, and I joined like-minded Members of Congress and seniors advocacy groups in a protest outside the White House gates, where we presented a petition signed by more than 2 million people to the President opposing these cuts to Social Security. I was also the original cosponsor of H.CON.RES.32 - Opposing Chained Consumer Price Index, which strongly states that Chained CPI should not be used to calculate Social Security benefits.

I have also fought to protect cuts to Medicare Advantage, joining some 160 Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle in urging the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to restore the Administration's proposed cuts in the Medicare FFS program. Read my letter here.

I have spoken from the House Floor in support of reinstating the Health Care Tax Credit (HCTC), a program that expired in January 2013, which slashed the pensions of thousands of retired workers on the Iron Range, former employees of companies like LTV and National Steel - giants of American manufacturing. Watch the clip of my speech here.

As a businessman, I learned to prioritize equipment repair and replacement; if the equipment was broken beyond repair, I replaced it immediately. If the equipment was getting older but still working, I planned for the future. The same principle applies to Social Security and Medicare. Neither faces an immediate crisis, but we need to plan sensibly for the future. With that in mind, we need to examine ways to permanently stabilize and assure funding for both Social Security and Medicare in the years to come, without reducing benefits. But in all cases, future reforms must in no way diminish the earned benefits Americans require, expect, and deserve.

Other Issues for Seniors:

Financial scams targeting seniors are called "the crime of the 21st century" because they're so prevalent, and unfortunately, often go unreported or are difficult to prosecute. I'm committed to ensuring our seniors are fully protected against fraud, telemarketing and online scams, and abuse or exploitation. 

Unscrupulous telemarketers, direct mail offers, phony "miracle" drugs, contest winnings, funeral and cemetery fraud, investment schemes, predatory lenders, stolen benefits checks – my staff and I hear these stories again and again as we travel throughout Minnesota. Read my recent newsletter aimed at helping seniors and their families protect themselves against scammers.

More on Social Security & Medicare

Nov 16, 2017 Press Release

U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan today released the following statement regarding the Republican tax plan, H.R.1, which gives enormous tax breaks to the super-rich and big corporations while raising taxes on middle-class Minnesota families.


Jun 16, 2017 Press Release

U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan today reintroduced his Fair COLA for Seniors Act legislation (H.R.2896) with the backing of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, one of the nation's leading advocacy groups fighting to protect Social Security and Medicare. Nolan’s legislation would provide a one-time, 3.9% mid-year cost of living adjustment (COLA) in the benefits of 59 million Social Security recipients.

Oct 19, 2016 Press Release

Following the Social Security Administration’s announcement of a .3% Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for 2017, U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan today renewed his call for Congress to intervene and provide a fair COLA for America’s seniors.

Sep 22, 2016 In The News

Minnesota Eighth District Congressman Rick Nolan is working for us, whether you’re in the south end of the District like Princeton or Wyoming or the north end like International Falls. He’s tireless in his advocating for the 8th District in Congress.
Recently the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare endorsed his legislation to provide a 3.9% Social Security increase to the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) he understands seniors getting no COLA increase this year and Medicare costs going up, they’re going backwards!

Jul 12, 2016 In The News

AARP thanks U.S. Representative Rick Nolan for his leadership in Congress to help older Minnesotans live independently at home and in the community, and for supporting the family caregivers who so often help older parents, spouses and other loved ones achieve this goal.

Jun 22, 2016 Press Release

One of the nation's leading advocacy group that fights to protect Social Security and Medicare has endorsed U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan’s Fair COLA for Seniors Act legislation (H.R.5342), which would provide a one-time, 3.9% mid-year cost of living adjustment (COLA) in the benefits of 59 million Social Security recipients.

May 31, 2016 Press Release

U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan today introduced legislation (H.R.5342) to provide a one-time 3.9% mid-year cost of living adjustment (COLA) in the benefits of 59 million Social Security recipients.

Mar 4, 2016 In The News

A group of concerned citizens gathered to learn more about the future of Social Security and Medicare at a forum Feb. 18 at the Maslowski Wellness and Research Center.


The forum was organized by the Citizens Federation and included Congressman Rick Nolan as a guest speaker.

There are a lot of questions about Social Security and what the privatization might mean, Nolan said.

"I've been learning more at these forums myself," he added.

Mar 4, 2016 In The News

US  Rep. Rick Nolan Wednesday heard from Brainerd constituents on the subject of Medicare and Social Security, and identified possible reforms to the programs.

About 50 seniors attended a roundtable Nolan hosted at The Center in Brainerd, where the Democrat congressman said there was no "final score" in politics. Nolan warned the programs could be at risk to privatization, where funding responsibility and administrative control is transferred to private companies.

Feb 12, 2016 In The News

An informational meeting on Social Security and Medicare was held at the Bovey Senior Center two weeks ago with Congressman Rick Nolan. I went prepared to hear an account of how these two programs were on ‘life support’ but instead, actually came away feeling hopeful.