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

Jul 19, 2006 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) spoke out against President Bush’s veto of HR 810, the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act.  Bush used the first veto of his presidency to strike down HR 810; the bill would expand federal funding for stem cell research projects that use embryos from fertility clinics that would otherwise be discarded.

Dec 15, 2005 Press Release

Mr. Speaker I rise in opposition to H.R. 2830, the Pension Protection Act of 2005.

Any bill that is called the “Pension Protection Act” should protect pensions, but the bill we have before us makes things worse in many ways for many current pensioners in this country and for many future pensioners.

Jul 29, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - Today, on the eve of the 40th anniversary of the creation of Medicare and Medicaid, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY) urged Congress and the administration to step up the nation’s commitment to both programs, so that they can provide another 40 years of quality health care for elderly, disabled and financially challenged Americans. President Lyndon Johnson signed the Medicare and Medicaid programs into law on July 30th, 1965.
Jun 22, 2005 Press Release
 QUEENS, NY- Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY) is pleased to announce that Federal Home Loan Bank of New York is providing a $250,000 grant for the Hallets Cove Apartments project (The Project). The Project, sponsored by St. George Episcopal Church Housing Corporation, will provide low-income housing for senior citizens.
May 20, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY) announced her support for legislation (HR 376) that would grant Medicare the power to negotiate with drug companies for lower prices for seniors and people with disabilities. Rep. Maloney signed a discharge petition that would bring this proposal to the floor for a fair up-or-down vote.
May 18, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - New York’s disabled and those who suffer the loss of a spouse or parent would be in danger of cuts to their Social Security benefits under President Bush’s overhaul scheme, according to comments made on May 12 and 13, 2005, by the President’s own top economic advisor Allan Hubbard and by White House spokesperson Trent Duffy.
Apr 17, 2005 Press Release
 QUEENS, NY - Today, in the auditoriums of Long Island City High School in Queens and the Simon Baruch Middle School in Manhattan, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY) spoke to almost 300 New Yorkers, detailing how the President’s scheme to privatize a large portion of Social Security funds would require major cuts in guaranteed benefits to Social Security participants, while at the same time requiring the federal government to borrow trillions of dollars just to fund the risky project. Maloney said the plan could leave seniors without security and would leave the country deeply in debt.
Feb 11, 2005 Press Release
 QUEENS, NY - Today, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (Queens, Manhattan) spoke with Queens residents at the Sunnyside Senior Center about why the President’s proposed Social Security overhaul would be harmful for current and future retirees of New York.
Jan 28, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Thomas (CA-22) has repeatedly broached the idea of adjusting Social Security benefits to Americans based on their race or gender - cutting payments to women because of their longer life span, for instance. As President Bush prepares his own Social Security overhaul proposal, 41 Members of Congress led by Reps. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14) and Frank Pallone Jr. (NJ-06) today urged him to publicly repudiate Chairman Thomas’s scheme, which threatens to hurt some Americans who need Social Security benefits the most (PDF of letter).
Oct 20, 2004 Press Release
NEW YORK, NY - U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY) today released a Congressional study that found new Medicare drug cards provide few and limited discounts to seniors in her New York City district. The drug cards, which require seniors to commit for a full year while allowing insurers to change benefits weekly, are part of the Bush administration’s alteration of Medicare provisions. Rep. Maloney announced the findings while meeting with seniors at a meeting of Selfhelp Queensview / North Queensview NORC (Naturally Occurring Retirement Community).