Seniors and Social Security

 

Since her election to Congress, Congresswoman Maloney has worked to protect Social Security and Medicare and to get senior citizens the care and resources they need and deserve.

In New York, Congresswoman Maloney’s dedicated casework staff helps seniors every day with Social Security claims, housing, and other essential services. If you or someone you know requires assistance, please visit this page for more information.

Medicare and Social Security: Congresswoman Maloney has been a tireless advocate for Medicare and Social Security, ensuring they remain strong and reliable for seniors. The Social Security Trust Fund has provided all working Americans financial support in their old age since President Franklin D. Roosevelt first created the program in 1935. Unlike any private investments, Social Security provides inflation-proof income for life, furnishing millions of older Americans a crucial safety net. The Social Security system must be strengthened over the long term, but privatizing the system is not the answer. Our solution must protect the promise made to seniors who have come to rely on Social Security for their retirement. Congresswoman Maloney also believes strongly in maintaining a Medicare system that provides quality and affordable healthcare to all senior citizens in America. That is why she has constantly pushed Congress to improve Medicare services and bring down the costs of drugs for seniors.

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Thanks to this landmark healthcare legislation, seniors in New York have saved a total of $1,150,173,343 on their prescription drugs, with more savings on the way. The health care law will close the Medicare Part D ‘donut hole’ in the next 10 years. In addition, Medicare now provides free coverage of key preventive services, such as mammograms and colonoscopies.  In 2014 alone, because of this provision, 2,387,588 seniors and people with disabilities enrolled in Medicare in New York used one or more free preventive services.

Senior Housing: Congresswoman Maloney has worked to ensure that seniors can continue to live in their own communities, close to family and friends. As part of that effort, she has secured federal funding through a multitude of federal sources, such as the Section 202 program, the Federal Home Loan Bank, HUD’s HOME program, and the Low Income Housing Tax Credits. This funding has been used to build or preserve senior housing developments in her district, including Carnegie East Houses, Riverview Gardens, HANAC Archbishop Iakavos Senior Residence, HANAC PCA Senior Residence, HANAC George T. Douris Tower, the Vallone Family Senior Residence and 1850 Second Avenue.

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More on Seniors and Social Security

Mar 17, 2000 Press Release
New York - Today, U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) released a study showing that seniors in Manhattan pay almost 2½ times as much for prescription drugs as members of large HMOs. New York seniors suffering from exorbitant drug costs joined Maloney and one explained that she pays as much as 1/3 of her annual income for medicines and is often forced to choose between food and prescriptions. One senior gentleman explained that he had cut his pills in half because he could not afford the fully prescribed dosage. Pharmacist Boris Mantell warned that cutting certain coated pills in half poses serious health hazards and should never be done unless advised by a doctor.
Jul 20, 1999 Press Release

"I want to begin by thanking Martha McSteen, former acting director of the Social Security Administration and president of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, Sara Burger, National Citizens' Coalition for Nursing Home Reform, Burton Fretz, Executive Director of the National Senior Citizens Law Center, and Cindy Wade from the Office of Elder Rights and Protection of Northwest Georgia, for being here today.

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