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 The formula used to set the annual cost of living increase is out of date and does not properly weigh the price increases in housing and medical care.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

 

More on Medicare & Social Security

Jun 25, 2020 Press Release

Congressmembers Brian Higgins (NY-26), Gwen Moore (WI-4) and Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chair John Larson (CT-1) are calling on the Social Security Administration (SSA) to maintain a strong national network of field offices that tens of millions of Americans rely on each year for information about Social Security services and administered benefits.

May 27, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced skilled nursing facilities in Western New York will receive more than $20 million in federal emergency funding to address increased expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Nursing homes, by their very mission, serve those most at-risk of serious consequences as a result of infection due to age, pre-existing conditions and close proximity,” said Congressman Higgins.  “This funding provides needed resources to help facilities meet the challenges of prevention and protection against COVID-19.”

May 13, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) outlined components of the Heroes Act, the latest emergency package constructed to provide relief to workers, families, small businesses and communities impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.

Mar 14, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced House passage of H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act in a broad bipartisan vote (363-40-1) The bill provides paid leave, establishes free testing, and provides important benefits to children, families and seniors. This comes after Congress approved $8.3 billion to address the urgent costs associated with testing and treating those with coronavirus and minimizing the growing impact of the virus last week.

Feb 11, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), a member of the House of Representatives Budget Committee, provided in an analysis of the Trump Budget, released this week, the devastating impact it would have on the people, neighborhoods and economy of Western New York.

Dec 13, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced House passage of H.R. 3, the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act, landmark legislation that reduces the cost of prescription drugs by empowering Medicare to negotiate the cost of drugs, caps out-of-pocket costs in Medicare Part D at $2,000, and requires drug companies to issue rebates if their costs rise faster than inflation.

Aug 14, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced introduction of the Social Security Administration Accountability Act of 2019 (H.R. 3905), legislation protecting access to Social Security services.  Higgins made the announcement on August 14, as the nation celebrates the 84th anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signing of the Social Security bill into law. 

 

Feb 13, 2019 Press Release

In a news conference on Capitol Hill, Congressmembers Brian Higgins (NY-26), John Larson (CT-01), Joe Courtney (CT-02), and Peter Welch (VT-AL) announced plans to introduce the Medicare Buy-In and Health Care Stabilization Act. The legislation will expand access to Medicare to allow those aged 50-64 to buy into the highly successful and popular program, providing millions more Americans who are more likely to have pre-existing conditions and face premium increases as they near retirement with an option for affordable, quality health care.

 

Jan 31, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) joined Congressman John Larson (CT-01) at a press conference on Wednesday to announce the reintroduction of The Social Security 2100 Act.  Over 200 Members have already signed on as cosponsors of the bill.

 

Nov 21, 2018 Press Release

“I will vote to elect Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House of Representatives.

“Last summer, I indicated a desire to see new Democratic leadership in 2019.  At the time, I believed that our caucus needed to do a better job telling the American public what we are for, not against. For example, I have been a consistent advocate for a Medicare buy-in option for Americans aged 50 and over, but it was not a priority for my party’s leadership.  Health care and American infrastructure are areas of concern for me, as is lowering prescription drug costs for Americans.

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