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 18, 2004 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - The Alliance for Retired Americans, a national organization representing three million retirees around the country, recently released its annual Congressional Voting Record, which rates Members of Congress on key votes to protect Medicare and Social Security and reflects their commitment to older Americans. New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (Queens, Manhattan) received a score of 100%.

Dec 8, 2003 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, President Bush staged an elaborate ceremony at Washington's Constitution Hall as he signed into law Medicare legislation passed late in November. The legislation will force Medicare to compete with private plans and creates a prescription drug benefit that does not cover approximately $3,000 of the first $5,000 in prescription costs. An Emory University study estimates that 215,000 retirees in the state of New York will lose their employer-sponsored drug coverage under the new plan. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (Manhattan and Queens), a staunch opponent of the bill, issued the following statement:
Nov 22, 2003 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - In a vote held open for three hours in the early morning of Saturday, November 22, the House adopted H.R. 1, a bill to overhaul Medicare that would effectively end the system as it is known. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14) voiced her strong opposition to the legislation in the following statement:

Apr 25, 2003 Press Release
New York, NY - Today, with a group of senior New Yorkers at Manhattan's Carter Burden Senior Center, U.S. Representative Carolyn B. Maloney released a Congressional report that reveals disturbing and harmful conditions in many of New York City's nursing homes.
Jun 28, 2002 Press Release

Washington, DC - Late Thursday night and into Friday morning, the House of Representatives voted on a Republican bill that subsidizes insurance companies and does not guarantee specific benefits to seniors who need prescription drugs. The bill passed 221 to 208. The Republicans debated their bill without allowing Democrats to propose any amendments or substitutes. Seniors can check to see how much money they would have saved with the Democratic plan versus the Republican plan by accessing

Jun 16, 2002 Press Release

New York City, NY - NYC seniors are paying some of the highest prescription drug prices in the developed world, forcing them to choose between life-altering or even life-saving treatments and necessities such as food or rent, according to a new international study conducted by the offices of Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D - Manhattan & Queens) and Anthony Wiener (D-Queens & Brooklyn). The study, which was prepared in conjunction with the Special Investigations Division of the House Committee on Government Reform, revealed that NYC Seniors pay substantially more for the same medications than seniors in other countries.

Sep 5, 2001 Press Release

NEW YORK: Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney joined caregivers, seniors, and members of the American Health Care Association (AHCA) today at the Florence Nightingale Health Care Center in the Upper East Side to draw attention to the long-term care staffing crisis facing New York's nursing homes and to build support for a solution. Excerpts from Representative Maloney's remarks at the event follow:

Apr 4, 2001 Press Release
WASHINGTON: "Prescription drug costs are a life and death issue for thousands of American seniors," US Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY) said today upon the introduction of The Prescription Drug Fairness for Seniors Act of 2001. "We cannot just stand by and watch as drug prices skyrocket beyond the reach of seniors precisely in their time of most critical need. This is life-saving medicine we're talking about, not soda-pop and candy."
Mar 12, 2001 Press Release

Please view the report below.

New York's Nursing Home Enforcement Has Been Inadequate

Prepared for Rep. Louise M. Slaughter

and Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney

Minority Staff

Special Investigations Division

Committee on Government Reform

U.S. House of Representatives

March 12, 2001

Jun 1, 2000 Press Release

NEW YORK - Today, at the East Side Animal Hospital, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) released a study revealing a whopping 150% price differential between prescriptions sold to humans on one hand and animals on another. At the press conference beleaguered New Yorkers - many of them seniors on Medicare - explained that they are unable to afford the skyrocketing prices for their prescription medications. Meanwhile, local veterinarians detailed just how inexpensive the same drugs are for cats and dogs.