Congressman Brian Higgins

Representing the 26th District of NEW YORK
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Medicare & Social Security


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. Prior to it’s creation in 1965, only 50 percent of seniors had health insurance because they were seen by insurance companies as too risky. Over the years, Medicare has grown and changed, but the fundamental promise has remained the same. Brian has committed himself to fighting to preserve this promise by making the program work better, remain affordable, and continue to provide seniors with easy access to the care they deserve. Brian opposes changes to the program that would force seniors to buy insurance on the open market – drastically increasing their costs.
Social Security
Social Security is one of our nation’s most successful federal programs.
Since 1935, Social Security has ensured older citizens can retire without fear of significant financial hardship, surviving spouses and children are taken care of after the death of a loved one, and the disabled can receive needed assistance to live full and productive lives. 
Brian is a fierce protector of Social Security and oppose efforts to privatize or slash hard earned benefits. Instead, Brian will push for reforms that maintain Social Security’s integrity while strengthening the program for current retirees, individuals with disabilities, and future generations.
In addition, Brian continues to support full funding for the Social Security Administration to process checks on time, fight against waste, fraud, and abuse, and combat unacceptable claims backlogs.
The 26th Congressional District is home to nearly 150,000 senior citizens and Brian is committed to ensuring they receive the full extent of benefits they have earned and are entitled to.


More on Medicare & Social Security

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.