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 The formula used to set the annual cost of living increase is out of date and does not properly weigh the price increases in housing and medical care.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

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.
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.