Congressman Crowley Commemorates Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act with Visit to Queens Senior Center

March 19, 2014
Press Release

Crowley addresses need to protect and uphold Medicare and Social Security

(Queens, N.Y.)On Tuesday, March 18, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus, commemorated the fourth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act by meeting with seniors from the CCNS Catherine Sheridan Senior Center to discuss how the health care law is helping seniors. During the visit, Crowley, a member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, which oversees Medicare and Social Security, also expressed his commitment to fighting any effort to end Medicare as we know it or to privatize Social Security.

“From free preventative care services like cancer screenings, to cheaper prescription drug costs, seniors in Queens and across the country are seeing first-hand how the Affordable Care Act is working for them,” said Rep. Crowley. “Queens seniors have spent a lifetime saving and preparing for their golden years. Now, more than ever, they deserve the peace of mind that comes with having reliable and affordable health care, and financial security through programs like Social Security. I will continue to fight to protect these hard-earned programs for New York’s seniors.”

The Affordable Care Act is especially beneficial to seniors and the Medicare program. The law:

  • Reduces prescription drug costs and is starting to close the prescription drug coverage gap known as the “donut hole.”
  • Provides free annual wellness visits and free Medicare coverage of key preventive services;
  • Strengthens Medicare for the long-term – extending Medicare’s solvency by nearly a decade; and
  • Cracks down on Medicare fraud, which creates savings for both seniors and all U.S. taxpayers.

Congressman Crowley is the eight-term representative from the 14th Congressional District of New York, which includes sections of Queens and the Bronx. He is a member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee and serves as Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus in the House of Representatives.