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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 85 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

January 9, 2020 Press Release
Today, House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman John B. Larson (CT-01), the Union Veterans Council (AFL-CIO), and VoteVets released the following statement condemning the Trump Administration’s proposed Social Security disability rule which would increase the frequency of continuing disability reviews (CDR).
December 18, 2019 Press Release
Today, Chairman John B. Larson (CT-01) of the Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee applauded the House passage of H.R. 1865, the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 which included a $100 million increase for the Social Security Administration to strengthen front-line service delivery for the American public.
December 17, 2019 Press Release
Today, House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman John B. Larson (CT-01) and Ranking Member Tom Reed (NY-23) introduced the Improving Social Security’s Service to Victims of Identity Theft Act.
December 10, 2019 Press Release
Today, House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman John B. Larson (CT-01) and Ranking Member Tom Reed (NY-23) sent letters to Social Security Administration (SSA) Commissioner Andrew Saul and SSA Inspector General Gail S. Ennis asking them to review and address fraudulent Social Security robocalls.
December 9, 2019 In The News

A new proposal in Congress aims to resurrect an old tradition: mailing Social Security statements to your home.

Since 2011, the Social Security Administration has cut back on the number of paper statements it puts in the mail in order to save money.

A new bill, called the Know Your Social Security Act, aims to reinstate those statements for all workers ages 25 and up.

December 9, 2019 In The News

A new proposal in Congress aims to resurrect an old tradition: mailing Social Security statements to your home.

Since 2011, the Social Security Administration has cut back on the number of paper statements it puts in the mail in order to save money.

A new bill, called the Know Your Social Security Act, aims to reinstate those statements for all workers ages 25 and up.

December 5, 2019 Press Release
Today, House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman John Larson (D-CT), Ways and Means Committee Member Vern Buchanan (R-FL), Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Finance Committee Member Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) introduced the Know Your Social Security Act.
November 21, 2019 Press Release
Today, House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman John B. Larson (CT-01), Reps. Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Danny K. Davis (IL-07), and John Lewis (GA-05) sent a letter to Andrew Saul, Commissioner of the Social Security Administration (SSA), to request transparency and more information after SSA abruptly ended a pilot telework program.
November 7, 2019 In The News

For a generation of Irish American men, John F. Kennedy symbolized all they might do and become in the United States. Journalist Pete Hamill, who learned of Kennedy’s death while visiting relatives in Belfast, wrote of feeling unsafe years later when his car broke down on a remote road in rural Mexico. Unsafe, that is, until he arrived at the nearest house and saw portraits of JFK and the Virgin of Guadalupe on the mud-brick wall.

November 1, 2019 In The News

U.S. Rep. John Larson’s longstanding quest to save the Social Security system has an important new ally: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

The millennial congresswoman from Queens made a video with Larson calling for the House of Representatives to vote on the Social Security 2100 Act.

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