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 The formula used to set the annual cost of living increase is out of date and does not properly weigh the price increases in housing and medical care.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
Congressman Brian Higgins released the following statement in response to an informational picket at the Buffalo Social Security office:
“I stand with local workers today opposed to the proposed cuts to Social Security. Recently I joined several colleagues urging funding at levels that will prevent furloughs and ensure continuation of Social Security services for local residents.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced House of Representatives approval of H.R. 6130, the Strengthening Medicare Anti-Fraud Measures Act. This bill, of which Congressman Higgins was an original cosponsor, would strengthen the authority of the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) to take action to prevent Medicare fraud.