Friday Alerts

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Just in Time for Labor Day: New Statistics on Social Security Disability Insurance

09/04/2015 - Happy Labor Day to all Alliance members! The Social Security Administration's (SSA’s) new Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) issue paper and state fact sheets show how this vital safety net is protecting workers and their families in every community across America.

Released to coincide with Labor Day, the documents focus attention on disability protections that workers earn through payroll taxes. The average person receiving SSDI payments today paid into the system for 22 years before becoming disabled.

Republican Presidential Hopefuls Are Staying Silent Regarding Social Security Privatization but Still Favor 'Reform'

08/28/2015 -

While still talking about the need to “save” Social Security by cutting benefits to retirees, this cycle’s crop of GOP Presidential candidates have been silent on whether they’d support a plan to privatize Social Security. In 2005, Democrats defeated a proposal by President Bush to allow individuals to invest in private accounts in lieu of Social Security – an idea which would have exposed decades of earned benefits to the volatility of the stock market while depleting the trust fund at a faster rate.

Walker, Rubio Talk about Plans to Repeal the Affordable Care Act

08/21/2015 - This week, Republican presidential candidate and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker released a plan to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Sen. Marco Rubio (FL), who is also running for president, spoke about his own plans for the ACA. While light on specifics, Walker’s plan promises to turn Medicaid into a block grant program run by the states, potentially cutting health care for millions of seniors. Furthermore, many of the essential guarantees under the ACA, such as mandated coverage of preventive care and protections for those with pre-existing conditions who don’t have continuous health care coverage, would disappear.

Alliance Celebrates Social Security’s 80th Anniversary with More than 40 Events Today

08/14/2015 - Members of the Alliance are hosting more than 40 events today, August 14th, to celebrate and educate the public about the importance of protecting and expanding Social Security on its 80th birthday.

Together with Medicare’s 50th birthday events held in July, as well as Social Security anniversary celebrations held recently or on the horizon, the Alliance is holding more than 150 events in July and August to mark the two anniversaries. The Alliance is working with Social Security Works, a partner organization, to release new reports showing how important Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are to seniors in all 50 states:

GOP Candidates Attack Social Security, Medicare at Primary Debate

08/10/2015 - Last night, the Republican Party held its first primetime primary debate in Cleveland, Ohio. Participants in the evening event included current and former Governors Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee, John Kasich, and Scott Walker; Senators Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio; pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson;and business mogul Donald Trump. An event earlier in the day featured candidates who did not make the top ten in national polls.

In Honor of Medicare’s 50th Anniversary, Alliance Members Hold Celebrations Nationwide

07/31/2015 - Retirees and allies around the country participated in more than 100 Medicare events celebrating 50 years of guaranteed health coverage for seniors this week. In Washington, DC, the Alliance for Retired Americans participated in a celebratory press conference with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA) and Reps. Doris Matsui (CA), Jan Schakowsky (IL), Xavier Becerra (CA), and Joe Crowley (NY) to honor the program’s accomplishments and reiterate support for preserving it for the future. Alliance executive director Richard Fiesta and Alliance member Susan Thomas of Maryland spoke at the event. You can watch the video on YouTube. Minutes later, U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (NV) led a Senate celebration.

Photos, Action Session Materials Now Available for 2015 National Legislative Conference

07/17/2015 - If you missed last week’s National Legislative Conference in Washington, DC, or if you want to see more about it, visit the Alliance online! You can access photos from the event as well as the action session presentations on our conference web page.

In addition to hearing from dynamic speakers from Capitol Hill, the labor movement, and other allies, activists sharpened their skills in action sessions and met with more than 150 members of Congress.

Supreme Court Upholds Federal Insurance Exchange, Benefiting Early Retirees and Older Workers

06/26/2015 - In a 6-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Thursday in the case of King v. Burwell that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) allows residents of states using the federal insurance exchange to receive premium subsidies for their coverage — an outcome that preserves subsidies for 6.4 million people. This decision will be especially helpful to older Americans who are not yet eligible for Medicare. According to an analysis by the RAND Corporation, 34.9% of the ACA marketplace is made up of 50-64 year olds and of that group, 72.6% are eligible for subsidies.

In a Setback for America's Retirees, Fast Track Passes U.S. House

06/19/2015 - More than 70 delegates from more than 20 affiliated organizations attended the Biennial NCARA Convention on Tuesday in Raleigh, North Carolina. Mr. Fiesta, state Attorney General Roy B. Cooper and North Carolina AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer MaryBe McMillan were among those who spoke. At the convention, Bill Dworkin was re-elected President, Judy Coggins Treasurer and Mary Montford Secretary.

A Temporary Victory for Seniors, Bad Trade Deal Fails to Advance in House

06/12/2015 - The U.S. House of Representatives failed to advance a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Fast Track authority legislative package on Friday, handing retirees a temporary victory by a vote of 126-302. President Barack Obama's bid for fast-track trade authority had narrowly cleared a procedural hurdle on Thursday, after a handful of House Democrats joined with pro-trade House Republicans despite provisions harmful to seniors, 217-212.

“Today’s votes in the U.S. House showed that cuts to Medicare are not a viable way to pay for trade legislation," said Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance in a statement. “Members of the Alliance worked tirelessly to educate members about this proposal and made their views heard – visiting, phoning and writing their elected officials. Today’s vote sent a strong signal and that is a victory for retirees.”