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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Mar 23, 2010 Press Release

New York, NY – This week, AARP honored Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) with the organization’s 2009 Legislative Achievement Award for Maloney’s efforts to protect consumers in the current Congress. The CARD Act, which Maloney authored in the House to prohibit the worst abuses by the credit card industry, was signed into law by President Obama last summer.

Sep 16, 2008 Press Release
Today the House Financial Services Committee passed H.R. 6642, the National Consumer Cooperative Bank (NCB) Act Amendments of 2008. Introduced by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), this bill makes the non-profit subsidiary of the NCB—NCB Capital Impact—eligible to receive funding under the Community Development Banking and Financial Institutions Act of 1994, which is administered by the CDFI Fund.
Jun 26, 2008 Press Release

Astoria, NY, June 27, 2008 –Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-Queens & Manhattan) and Alfred A. DelliBovi, President of the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York (FHLBNY)  announced that a grant of $600,000 in federal funds would be awarded to HANAC, Inc., to help fund the construction of the 93-unit PCA Senior Residence, a senior housing development on the previous site of the Presbyterian Church of Astoria at 31-30 33rd Street.  Joining them at today’s announcement were Evangeline Douris and John P. Kaiteris, HANAC’s Chair and Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, respectively; Al Gentile, Assistant Vice President, Astoria Federal Savings & Loan Association, which will serve as the depository for the funding on behalf of HANAC; and Reverend Don Olinger of the Presbyterian Church of Astoria.

Mar 24, 2008 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will partner with organizations such as AARP and the United Way of America on “Super Saturday,” March 29, 2008, to reach Americans who are eligible to collect an economic stimulus tax rebate but are not normally required to file an income tax return. 
Sep 25, 2007 Press Release
Astoria, New York – Yesterday afternoon, Representative Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-14) helped award a $400,000 affordable housing grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank to HANAC, Inc., to help fund the construction of the 183-unit George T. Douris Tower, a senior housing development in Astoria, Queens.  Rep. Maloney was joined at the event by Alfred A. DelliBovi, President of the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York; HANAC's Chairman, Evangeline P. Douris, and Executive Director, John P. Kaiteris; Andrew Moesel, Communications Director for Councilman Peter Vallone, Jr.; and James Griffin, Regional Manager of Astoria Federal Savings.
Apr 20, 2007 Press Release
Queens, NY -- Infuriated by the Social Security Administration’s inability to get social security checks on time to 1700 of her constituents, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-Queens, Manhattan) today wrote to the Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue to find out what steps the Administration is taking to make sure that this fiasco never happens again.  The full text of the letter follows.

Mar 15, 2007 Press Release
Queens, NY – Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Queens, Manhattan) visited River View Gardens, an 80 unit facility that includes both well and frail elderly, located in Queens West in Long Island City where she was joined by New York Foundation for Senior Citizens President Linda Hoffman and others.  River View Gardens is a $15 million development that includes $13.9 million in federal funding, plus federal rent subsidies.  The state of New York provided the land.   The building’s enriched housing program for the frail elderly is licensed by the NYS Department of Health.  The project is now fully occupied.
Jan 16, 2007 Press Release
Washington, DC – Friday afternoon, the House of Representatives voted 255 - 170 to approve H.R. 4, the Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act, which requires Medicare to negotiate lower prescription drug prices on behalf of millions of American seniors.  Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens), a longtime proponent of allowing Medicare to use its purchasing power to reduce drug costs, hailed the vote as a victory not only for seniors, but for the American taxpayer, as well.
Nov 1, 2006 Press Release
NEW YORK, NY – Today, NY Seniors, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, NY Senator Liz Krueger, Assemblyman Jonathan Bing, Assemblywoman Sylvia Friedman, Councilman Dan Garodnick, Councilwoman Jessica Lappin, and experts from the Medicare Rights Center gathered in Midtown to protest the closure of the only walk-in Medicare help center in the New York metropolitan area.  The Center provided a vital service for senior citizens and disabled individuals who are experiencing problems with Medicare or are facing confusing choices about the Medicare prescription drug program.
Oct 17, 2006 Press Release
NEW YORK, NY – Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) issued a report outlining the difficulties that Medicare prescription drug plan enrollees are facing and detailing how Democratic proposals would significantly lower out-of-pocket costs for participating New Yorkers.  New York Senator Liz Krueger, Robert Hayes, President of the Medicare Rights Center and New York seniors joined Maloney at Stein Senior Center in Manhattan to express their support for making the drug benefit simpler, fairer and less expensive.