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Congressman Gus Bilirakis

Representing the 12th District of Florida

Seniors

Congressman Bilirakis hosts a Seniors Health Fair each year to provide important information and services for seniors in the 12th Congressional District.

Social Security and Medicare must remain fiscally solvent to ensure retirement security for current seniors, our children and grandchildren. However, Social Security has been operating at a deficit since 2010. Unless Social Security is modernized and strengthened, these deficits may cause the annual cost-of-living adjustments to shrink or disappear entirely in the future. Representative Bilirakis strongly believes that Congress must make serious fiscal reforms to ensure our financial stability while still ensuring that we uphold the commitments we have made to our seniors. He is absolutely opposed to legislation that will cut Social Security for seniors in order to pay for overseas operations, health care for others or any other program. Any cuts to Social Security will be especially difficult for those seniors on fixed incomes.

Congressman Bilirakis also supports the Medicare program. Medicare is extremely important to seniors, and arguably the most popular aspects of the program – Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D – operate successfully because of free market principles. Medicare also needs to ensure its fiscal viability for current and future beneficiaries. Gus has introduced two major pieces of legislation to protect Medicare, and save money within the program without impacting benefits or beneficiaries. H.R. 3392, the Medicare Part D Patient Safety and Drug Abuse Prevention Act, would establish a Safe Pharmacy Access Program, to prevent high-risk beneficiaries from abusing controlled substances. This is a cost-saving measure utilized by private industry, TRICARE, and state Medicaid programs. H.R. 2828, the Medicare Abuse Prevention (MAP) Act, would remove Social Security Numbers from Medicare cards and strengthens the civil and criminal penalties for Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP abuse. It would also incentivize states toconduct their own prescription drug monitoring programs.

Legislative Spotlight:

Bilirakis Sponsors Bipartisan Legislation to Expand Seniors' Hearing Services

Congressman Gus M. Bilirakis (R-FL) introduced H.R. 2330, the bi-partisan Medicare Audiology Services Enhancement Act, which clarifies current Medicare rules to expand access to audiology services for seniors who are hearing impaired. Read more...

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July 19, 2017 Press Release
The House Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection Subcommittee, which U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) serves on, advanced the most comprehensive legislation on self-driving car technology to date.
July 18, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Reps. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) and Kathy Castor (FL-14) announced today that they introduced the bipartisan Medicare Civil and Criminal Penalties Update Act, H.R. 3245.
July 12, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis released the following statement after today’s unanimous, bipartisan House passage of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Reauthorization Act, H.R. 2430.
April 5, 2017 Press Release
Today, U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12), a member of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee, touted the innovative Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) system during a hearing on spectrum and wireless technology.
March 29, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, a member of the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, joined a hearing today to examine the nation’s transition to “Next Generation” 911 services.
March 20, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) released the following statement on the American Health Care Act, the legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The bill is expected to come before the House of Representatives for a vote later this week.
March 1, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) took to the House floor today to speak in support of his bill, the Lower Drug Costs Through Competition Act (H.R. 749). The
January 30, 2017 Press Release
Today, Congressman Gus Bilirakis (FL-12), and Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-5) introduced a bipartisan bill to lower the cost of prescription drugs by increasing competition in the market.
December 30, 2016 Bilirakis Blog

Looking back on 2016, a turbulent year for sure in politics, we often saw the biggest rivalries and the loudest pundits take center stage. All along, my main focus was always working hard on behalf of Florida’s 12th District. We accomplished some important legislative wins for our communities, with 16 initiatives I wrote being signed into law this year.

While there’s still much work to be done, a unified Republican government come January will give us a strong foundation to solve the largest problems facing Florida and the entire country.

December 1, 2016 Press Release
Today, U.S. Representative Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) applauded the House passage of the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 34), major legislation that supports scientific innovation and medical research for finding new treatments and cures for deadly diseases.

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