I will always fight to protect and improve Medicare.
I have led the charge against the Republican budget that would end Medicare as we know it and transform it into a voucher system. Our seniors worked long and hard to pay into Medicare—I will always fight to ensure they receive the high-quality care that they’ve earned.
I will always protect and strengthen Social Security.
I will always oppose Republican plans to privatize Social Security and will fight to ensure its solvency for current and future retirees. Millions of seniors depend on Social Security and I promise to uphold my commitment to give them these critical benefits.
I voted to pass laws giving Medicare beneficiaries free preventative care services.
I successfully worked to provide seniors one free screening per year, such as cancer screenings, bone mass measurements, cardiovascular diseases screenings, and diabetes testing.
I fought to close the Medicare Part D coverage gap.
Since I voted to pass a law to end the “doughnut hole” coverage gap, seniors with Medicare have saved over $9.9 billion on prescription drugs and the coverage gap will be completely closed by 2020.
I am working to improve cost-of-living adjustments.
When Long Island seniors faced two consecutive years without a cost-of-living adjustment in their Social Security benefits, I supported legislation to improve how cost-of-living adjustments are calculated to ensure they accurately reflect seniors’ buying habits. Our seniors should be able to live with dignity and receive the gold-standard medical care that they deserve.