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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 The formula used to set the annual cost of living increase is out of date and does not properly weigh the price increases in housing and medical care.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. 

 

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Feb 14, 2018 Press Release

Following release of President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2019 Budget, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), a member of the House Budget Committee, is outlining how the proposal would impact the people of Western New York as well as the projects and priorities of importance to the region.

Feb 1, 2018 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the Congress on Your Corner schedule for the month of February.  Through the program, staff members from Congressman Higgins’ office are available at satellite sites throughout the district to better serve the needs of constituents.

The February Congress on Your Corner schedule is available below:

Thursday, February 8th
11:00am – 1:00pm
Amherst Senior Center
370 John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst

Jan 30, 2018 Press Release

At 9pm tonight, January 30, 2018, President Donald Trump will provide his first State of the Union Address to a joint session of Congress.  Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) made the following remarks in advance of the speech. 

Jan 5, 2018 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the Congress on Your Corner schedule for the month of January.  Through the program, staff members from Congressman Higgins’ office are available at satellite sites throughout the district to better serve the needs of constituents.

The January Congress on Your Corner schedule is available below:

Tuesday, January 9th
10:00AM – 11:30AM
John Duke Center
1201 Hyde Park Blvd., Niagara Falls

Tuesday, January 16th
10:00AM – 12:00PM
Valley Community Center
93 Leddy Street, Buffalo

Nov 16, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins, Vice Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Committee, called the GOP tax bill a “hit on fundamental fairness” before casting vote against the tax package. 

Higgins repeatedly expressed concern that the legislation pays for tax benefits for wealthy corporations at the expense of hardworking Americans and communities like Western New York. 

Sep 13, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Reps. Brian Higgins (NY-26) John B. Larson (CT-01) and Joe Courtney (CT-02) announce introduction of the Medicare Buy-In and Health Care Stabilization Act (HR 3748). A commonsense effort to create a Medicare Buy-In option for Americans ages 50-64 and to stabilize the health care marketplaces.

Jul 27, 2017 Press Release
Reps. Brian Higgins (NY-26), John Larson (CT-01) and Joe Courtney (CT-02) are announcing introduction of the “Medicare Buy-In and Healthcare Stabilization Act”.
Jun 9, 2017 Press Release

At a hearing of the House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) questioned the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Thomas Price, M.D. about the absurdity of including exorbitant tax breaks for health insurance executives in the Republican health care bill.

May 22, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), a member of the House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means and its Health Subcommittee, raised strong objection to executive tax breaks included in the Republican American Health Care Act (AHCA).  Higgins points out the absurdity of rewarding UnitedHealth Group, and companies like it, accused of bilking taxpayers out of billions of dollars. 

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.

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