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 The formula used to set the annual cost of living increase is out of date and does not properly weigh the price increases in housing and medical care.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

Apr 6, 2011 Press Release

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.

Mar 17, 2011 Press Release
Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) joined 124 of his colleagues in sending a letter to Speaker John Boehner which expressed strong opposition for the cuts to Social Security Administration’s (SSA) operating budget in H.R. 1, the Full-Year Continuing Resolution and urged funding at levels that will prevent furloughs and ensure SSA’s ability to provide services.
Jan 20, 2011 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) is asking the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to reexamine a policy that prevents working class Medicare Part D recipients from receiving co-pay rebates or coupons often offered by prescription drug companies. The Congressman made the request to CMS after his office received a phone call from Cheektowaga resident Jerry Wazny who pointed out how unfair it is that some seniors are precluded from participating in the co-pay program which could save seniors hundreds of dollars each year.
Dec 8, 2010 Press Release
Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) voted for H.R. 5987, the Seniors Protection Act but the bill failed to receive the over two-thirds support needed for approval. The legislation, cosponsored by Higgins, would have provided a one-time $250 payment to seniors on Social Security to compensate for an automatic formula that calculates no Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for 2011.
Dec 7, 2010 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced this week the House of Representatives will consider H.R. 5987, the Seniors Protection Act of 2010. The bill cosponsored by Congressman Higgins and introduced by Congressman Earl Pomeroy, also a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, will provide a $250 payment to Social Security recipients to offset a provision that calculates no cost of living adjustment (COLA) for seniors next year.
Sep 23, 2010 Press Release

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.
 

Oct 14, 2009 Press Release
“I applaud President Obama’s statement today announcing his support for a $250 payment to seniors to offset the 2010 Social Security COLA freeze. This news will give seniors in Western New York and across this nation peace of mind in knowing that there will be a little extra money available to cover the basics – including housing, food and medical expenses. “I look forward to working with my colleagues on the House of Representatives Ways & Means Committee to take swift action on this matter to ensure seniors receive the relief they need and deserve in the upcoming year.”
Mar 24, 2009 Press Release
Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) participated in a Ways & Means subcommittee hearing focused on Social Security Administration’s (SSA) large backlog in disability claims. The Subcommittee examined the impact of the backlog on applicants with severe disabilities and SSA’s plans for eliminating the backlog, including how the agency intends to use the additional funding that Congress has provided for the current fiscal year.
Feb 20, 2009 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) released additional information on the $250 payment designated for seniors, disabled veterans and retired railroad workers under the recently approved American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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