Protecting Medicare and Social Security
Kirsten firmly opposes all efforts to privatize Social Security and is working on new proposals to ensure the solvency of Social Security for the next generation without raising the retirement age or affecting benefit levels for current recipients.
Kirsten is also focused on ways to create more job opportunities for seniors and help New Yorkers save for retirement. She has pushed for tax credits for employers who hire older workers in flexible work programs, new training for older adults to find good-paying jobs, and financial literacy education to protect seniors from financial scams. Kirsten has also made investments to preserve services for seniors, keep public employees on the job, make it easier to deduct property taxes, and keep seniors in their homes and home values stable.
Kirsten is fighting to protect and strengthen Medicare and Social Security. Seniors have spent their working lives paying into these programs and deserve all the benefits they were promised. Kirsten is working to expand Medicare by providing special assistance to seniors with chronic illnesses to help them avoid multiple hospital stays, and additional financial help to low income seniors.
Cuts to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for 2010 would drastically affect how doctors are able to provide services to their patients. Use of outdated formulas have made it difficult for doctors to obtain proper reimbursement rates. While serving in the House, Kirsten voted for improvements to Medicare including reversing a payment cut to doctors who serve Medicare patients. Kirsten has pledged to continue working to correct reimbursement errors and for policies that protect and strengthen Medicare.
Kirsten has been a leader in efforts to preserve Medicare and Medicaid services for seniors and hardworking New Yorkers. To that end, Kirsten authored the Medicare and Medicaid Fraud Enforcement and Prevention Act, which would toughen penalties for abusers attempting to cheat the Medicare and Medicaid systems, establish new screening procedures to prevent fraud, and save taxpayers money. Medicare and Medicaid fraud cost the U.S. economy more than $80 billion each year, and is estimated to cost New Yorkers more than $5 billion each year.