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Congressman John Larson

Representing the 1st District of Connecticut

Seniors: Social Security & Medicare

Learn More About the Social Security 2100 Act

Social Security and Medicare are NOT entitlements; they are the insurance that you’ve paid for. Democrats must fight for our nation’s seniors. Under the guise of deficit reduction, Republicans have recklessly attacked the vital supports for our seniors. 

For 75 years, Social Security has been a promise to all Americans that they would have a chance to retire with dignity after a lifetime of hard work. We have an obligation to keep that promise; to safeguard Social Security for our seniors, people with disabilities, and all Americans – today, tomorrow, and forever.

Social Security is not the cause of our budget deficits! It does not add a penny to the deficit.  Even without changes, it will continue to provide full benefits for decades to come. We can and should take steps to strengthen Social Security, but those who say benefit cuts are the only way to reduce deficits are not being honest. Click here for more facts on Social Security.

Rep. Larson addresses seniors in Manchester.
Rep. Larson speaks with seniors in Manchester.

Medicare also protects seniors’ health and economic security. Medicare provides seniors with health care coverage they would not otherwise be able to afford. In Connecticut there are about 587,000 Medicare beneficiaries statewide.

Medicare has dramatically improved the quality of life for seniors. It is the largest source of health coverage in the nation. Before Medicare, one-half of America’s seniors were uninsured. Congressman Larson remains committed to strengthening Medicare, not tearing it down. Any proposal to ensure Medicare’s financial stability must preserve guaranteed benefits that have made Medicare a reliable source of care for seniors.

Rep. Larson speaks with seniors in Glastonbury
Rep. Larson answers a question on Medicare from a constituent in Glastonbury.


Today many Republicans are continuing their efforts to dismantle these social safety nets that they have objected to since it was created. The federal budget is about more than just dollars and cents. It is a statement of our values and priorities. They would rather cut benefits to seniors than cut subsidies to Big Oil or corporations that ship jobs overseas.

The deficit must be addressed, but it should be done in a way that is fair to all.  We should not balance the budget on the backs of our nation’s seniors.  Congressman Larson and other democrats will continue to work to protect and strengthen Social Security and Medicare.

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More on Seniors: Social Security & Medicare

June 24, 2019 Press Release
Last week, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) agreed to conduct a study requested by Chairman of the Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee John B. Larson (CT-01) into whether doctors who help make Social Security disability benefit decisions are performing high-quality, accurate reviews.
June 19, 2019 Press Release
Today, Chairman John B. Larson (CT-01) of the Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee applauded the House passage of the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Defense, State, Foreign Operations, and Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2020, which included a $300 million increase for the Social Security Administration to strengthen front-line service delivery for the American public.
June 7, 2019 Press Release
Today, Chairman of the Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee John Larson (CT-01) announced he cosponsored the Regulatory Oversight Barring Obnoxious (ROBO) Calls and Texts Act of 2019, led by Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (CA-18).
June 5, 2019 Press Release
Today, Chairman of the Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee John B. Larson (CT-01) requested that the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) conduct a study of whether doctors who help make Social Security disability benefit decisions are performing high-quality, accurate reviews.
June 5, 2019 Press Release
Today, Chairman of the Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement in response to a bipartisan letter from several former Commissioners of Social Security.
May 23, 2019 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01), Chairman of the Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee, announced the endorsement by the Congressional Progressive Caucus of his landmark proposal, the Social Security 2100 Act, which will enhance Social Security benefits and strengthen the Trust Fund to ensure all benefits will be paid in full.
May 22, 2019 Press Release
Bipartisan legislation would allow older Americans to use health savings accounts for homecare needs
May 15, 2019 Press Release
Today, Chairman John B Larson (CT-01), Chair of the Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee testified at the Budget Committee hearing on Retirement Security in the 21st Century. Below is Larson’s written testimony.

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