Celebrating Older Americans Month

May 17, 2019

Dear Friend,

Every May, we come together to celebrate Older Americans Month and recognize the tremendous contributions that America’s seniors make to our civic life and to the prosperity of our country. We also redouble our efforts to ensure that all seniors are treated with respect, that they receive the health care and retirement benefits they have earned and that they have meaningful opportunities to contribute to the workforce.


Congressman Sarbanes joins Marylanders to discuss news of the day and to highlight the types of constituent services that his office can provide to seniors in Maryland’s Third Congressional District.

To that end, I wanted to quickly share some information about the kinds of services that my office can provide to seniors in Maryland’s Third Congressional District. As always, if you have specific questions about accessing benefits like Social Security and Medicare, please contact my office in Towson at (410) 832-8890.

Social Security

Social Security has made it possible for millions of seniors to live with security and dignity in their retirement. I remain committed to protecting and strengthening this vital program so that all Americans can enjoy their golden years.

For many Americans, navigating the application process for Social Security can be difficult, and sometimes urgent situations arise which may prompt the Social Security Administration to process a pending application in an expedited manner. That’s where my office can step in.

If you have encountered difficulty in filing an application for benefits, or are concerned about the length of time for which your case has been pending, my office can reach out to the appropriate office to obtain status information for you.

If you have encountered financial or health related circumstances which you feel may warrant expedited processing of your application, my office may be able to help by relaying documentary evidence of your hardship to the Social Security Administration (SSA).

If you have received a confusing letter from Social Security or are concerned about the nature of a notification or decision you have received relating to your disability or retirement pay, my office may be able to help you obtain some clarity or assist in correcting a mistake.


Like Social Security, the Medicare program plays an essential role in delivering high-quality and affordable health care to America’s seniors. That’s why I’ve fought tirelessly to strengthen Medicare and lower the cost of prescription drugs.

When it comes to Medicare, my office can help you resolve several issues. We can work with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to answer questions about enrollment and eligibility, about premiums and late enrollment penalties and about billing and coverage for services, operations and prescriptions.

Again, my office is always here to help you and your family navigate federal programs like Social Security and Medicare. If you have any questions, please contact us at (410) 832-8890.



Congressman John Sarbanes
Maryland’s Third Congressional District