Protecting and Improving Medicare

Congresswoman Nita Lowey stands by our region’s seniors and against policies that jeopardize the benefits they have earned through a lifetime of hard work.

Congresswoman Lowey voted for the most significant package of Medicare improvements that have become law in recent years, including:

  • Extending the life of the Medicare trust fund;
  • Providing free preventive care and annual wellness exams;
  • Eliminating the Medicare Part D “donut hole;”
  • Providing bonus payments to doctors for treating Medicare beneficiaries; 
  • Reducing fraud to save precious resources and ensure that seniors receive the care they deserve; and
  • Rollback efforts that make prescription drugs more affordable. 

In addition, she is a cosponsor of Medicare for All, which would expand Medicare access to all Americans, reduce the costs of prescription drugs, and cover additional benefits, such as dental, vision, and mental health, which are not currently covered by Medicare.

Congresswoman Lowey has also consistently opposed efforts to balance the budget on the backs of seniors, including the Trump Administration’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget that would cut Medicare by $845 million. She has voted against Republican efforts to:

  • Provide tax breaks to special interests at the expense of seniors;
  • End Medicare as we know it and convert the guaranteed benefit into a voucher program;
  • Undermine low-income seniors’ access to long-term care; and
  • Reduce services for older Americans.

Protecting Retirement Benefits and Social Security

Senior citizens in Westchester and Rockland Counties earned Social Security from a lifetime of hard work, and Congresswoman Lowey is working to ensure those benefits are protected. She is a proud cosponsor of H.R. 860, the Social Security 2100 Act, which would increase benefits for all current and future recipients, increase the annual cost-of-living-adjustment formula to better reflect the costs facing seniors, such as increases in housing and health care, cut taxes for more than 10 million seniors, and strengthen the Social Security Trust Fund.

In addition, Congresswoman Lowey has been a tireless advocate for protecting Social Security and employee pensions, including:

  • Strongly opposing efforts to privatize Social Security;
  • Advocating for a change to the CPI-E to ensure that retirees in Westchester and Rockland counties receive COLA adjustments that better reflect the cost of living;
  • Voting to shield Social Security from cuts in deficit reduction proposals;
  • Leading the efforts to ensure family caregivers and women who are widows or divorced are treated fairly; and
  • Protecting Social Security benefits from unfair taxation.

Providing Caretakers with Earnings Credits

Caregivers are often torn by the impossible choice of taking care of a family member or earning less for themselves and their family. Lowey believes that caretakers’ retirement security should not be threatened because they provide needed care for loved ones.

That is why Lowey introduced H.R. 4126, the Social Security Caregiver Credit Act, that would create a credit that would be added to earnings to calculate future benefits. The credit is progressive and varies on an income-based sliding scale, and phases out when the caregiver makes more than the average national earnings. The amount credited would be used by the Social Security Administration to calculate future benefits.

Preventing Scams against Vulnerable Seniors

To learn about how Lowey is helping prevent sophisticated scams that prey on vulnerable seniors, click here