Congressman Brian Higgins

Representing the 26th District of NEW YORK

Medicare & Social Security

Prior to its creation in 1965, only 50 percent of seniors had health insurance. Today, Medicare provides one of the most important guarantees in our society – the guarantee that if you are an older American and you get sick, you will get the care that you need without going broke. Brian is committed to protecting the Medicare guarantee, opposing plans that would force seniors to buy insurance on the open market, and making sure that the program remains affordable and continues gives seniors access to the care they deserve.

Social Security is the most successful antipoverty program in American history and we must keep it strong for the future. The formula used to set the annual cost of living increase is out of date and does not properly weigh the price increases in housing and medical care. Brian supports using a Consumer Price Index for the Elderly to more accurately reflect the costs incurred by seniors. And rather than cut benefits or ask Americans to invest their Social Security in Wall Street, Brian thinks we should lift the cap on what very high income Americans are asked to pay into the system. 


More on Medicare & Social Security

Oct 22, 2015 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) spoke on the House Floor advocating for legislation that would create a more accurate formula to determine the annual Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for those who receive Social Security retirement benefits.  The bill, the Consumer Price Index for the Elderly (CPI-E) Act of 2015 (H.R. 3351), would result in a more accurate measure of the cost of living for seniors.

Jun 24, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) and Village of Williamsville Mayor Brian Kulpa announced a plan to preserve access to Social Security services for residents in northern Erie County.  Under an agreement with the Village of Williamsville, residents will be able to connect with Social Security Administration (SSA) caseworkers directly from Village Hall. 

Apr 3, 2014 Press Release

Following a call with Social Security Acting Commissioner Carolyn Colvin this morning, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) are insisting the Social Security Administration halt all plans to close the field office in Amherst, New York.  

Mar 4, 2014 Press Release

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and Congressman Brian Higgins requested an in-person meeting with the Acting Commissioner of the Social Security Administration (SSA) Carolyn Colvin in Washington DC to raise concerns about the slated closure of the Amherst Social Security Office.  Schumer and Higgins will make the case that the Amherst Office is efficient and has sufficient demand to warrant continued operation.  They are pressing Acting Commissioner Colvin to hear out their arguments and they both will urge the Commissioner to reverse course and keep Amherst open.

Feb 28, 2014 Press Release
Congressman Higgins (NY-26) and his New York colleagues in Congress, Congressman Dan Maffei (NY-24) and José Serrano (NY-15), wrote a letter to the Social Security Administration opposing the proposed closure of four New York Social Security field offices in Amherst, Bronx Hub, Kingston, and Williamsburg.
Feb 7, 2014 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) says the Social Security Administration (SSA) is violating its own rules by failing to adhere to the 90-day notification standard included in the agency’s field office consolidation manual.
Feb 4, 2014 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) spoke from the House Floor to introduce the Social Security Administration Accountability Act, legislation that would require that the Social Security Administration provide adequate justification before closing any field offices.
Jan 31, 2014 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) stood with Western New York residents, businesses, and employees concerned that the proposal to close the Social Security office in Amherst, NY would have a serious impact on the population it serves.  
Jan 21, 2014 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) wrote to the Acting Commissioner of Social Security, Carolyn Colvin, expressing his concerns with the proposed plans to close the Amherst Social Security office.
Jul 2, 2013 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) joined the Alliance for Retired Americans on their National Day of Action to make their voices heard about the consequences of implementing chained CPI to calculate the cost of living adjustment (COLA) Social Security benefits.