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 consistently pushed Congress to improve Medicare services and lower 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, 2,387,588 seniors and people with disabilities enrolled in Medicare in New York used one or more free preventive services because of this provision.

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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Aug 16, 2019 Newsletter
Dear Friend, This was a busy week for NY! Whether it was Governor Cuomo signing the Child Victim Act into law or New York City Council Members protesting the Public Charge rule, I’m glad representatives from our City always defend justice and fight back against the discriminatory policies proposed by the Trump Administration. At a time when hate is festering throughout our nation, it is crucial that we continue to defend the American values of freedom and acceptance. I’m proud to represent NY and to keep fighting for the constituents of NY-12.
Jan 13, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), released the following statement on the importance of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to seniors and their healthcare needs.

“Since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law 6 years ago, more than 10 million Medicare beneficiaries have saved $20 billion on prescription drug costs, millions more seniors have enjoyed new preventive services and annual wellness exams free of costs, and the Medicare Trust Fund was extended thanks to new efficiencies from the law.  

Oct 16, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) released the following statement after the Social Security Administration’s announcement that there would be no Cost of Living Adjustment for Social Security beneficiaries in 2016, which will also lead to higher Medicare premiums for 7.5 million Americans:

Nov 26, 2013 Press Release

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reports New York seniors and people with disabilities saved $669,540,104 on prescription drug costs since enactment of Affordable Care Act; nationally, savings totaled $8.9 billion

Mar 22, 2013 Press Release

New York, NY – Today, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens & Brooklyn) joined with administrators, senior citizens and local elected officials at the Stein Senior Center in Manhattan to hail the allocation by the New York City Department for the Aging of $752,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant funding to support the rehabilitation of the Center’s new home, which is located in the Uniformed Firefighters Association’s headquarters building at 204 East 23rd Street in Manhattan. The Center is celebrating its Grand Opening at its new space this evening.

Jul 1, 2011 Press Release
Queens, NY – Today, on the 45th anniversary of the beginning of the Medicare program, U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Queens, Manhattan) spoke to seniors at the HANAC Senior Center in Astoria about her efforts to fight plans put forward by the Republican House majority to end Medicare as we know it.  President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare into law on July 30, 1965 -- and on July 1, 1966, enrollees first entered the program.

On April 15th of this year, House Republicans passed a budget by a vote of 235 to 193 that would end Medicare as we know it – instead giving seniors an increasingly inadequate subsidy to buy private insurance.
Jun 10, 2011 Press Release
New York, NY – U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney today spoke to seniors at the Whittaker Senior Center on the Lower East Side about her efforts to fight plans put forward by the Republican House majority to end Medicare as we know it.  On April 15th, House Republicans passed a budget by a vote of 235 to 193 that would end Medicare as we know it – instead giving seniors an increasingly inadequate subsidy to buy private insurance.

Oct 28, 2010 Press Release

Washington, DC - A new report by the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee by the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee, chaired by Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), finds that Social Security accounts for more than two-thirds of all income for women aged 65 and over and that any efforts to tinker with this program could have a dramatic impact on retired women who count on their Social Security benefits to make ends meet.

Oct 28, 2010 Press Release

New York, NY – Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) today highlighted new data that show that a total of 8,100 seniors in her 14th Congressional District will receive $250 ‘donut hole’ checks in 2010 as part of the new Health Care Reform law signed by President Obama. The checks are meant to begin the process of closing the Medicare prescription drug coverage gap that occurs when annual drug expenditures exceed $2,830 for any recipient of Medicare Part “D” coverage.

Oct 15, 2010 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) today reacted to the Social Security Administration’s announcement today that there will be no cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) to next year’s social security checks.

“This announcement is disappointing but not a surprise, given the very low rate of inflation as it is calculated,” Rep. Maloney said. “That’s why I’m gratified that Speaker Pelosi has committed to moving ahead with legislation later this year that will provide Social Security recipients with a one-time $250 payment in 2011.”