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Retirees Friday Alert:

2018 Social Security COLA to Health Care Executive Order

10/13/2017 -

HEADLINES: 2018 Social Security COLA will be 2.0%: Not Enough to Offset Medicare Part B Premiums; House Slashes Medicare to Fund Children’s Health Insurance Program; President Trump Signs Health Care Executive Order, Ends Affordable Care Act Subsidies; CNN: Investigation Finds Drug May Be Inappropriately Prescribed Pill to Nursing Home Residents; Nebraska Alliance Elects Officers, Wisconsin Alliance Draws Gubernatorial Candidates.

Retirees Friday Alert:

Graham-Cassidy Health Care Tax on Older Americans Fails to Advance in the Senate

09/29/2017 - Senate Republicans announced that they will not vote this week on their latest proposal to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. The bill, sponsored by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA), would have placed an age tax on older Americans, eliminated protections for people with pre-existing conditions and resulted in at least 32 million Americans losing affordable health care.

TSP - It's Your Money!

09/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By Retirees Director Nancy Olumekor

The USPS reports that each year postal employees throw away almost $200 million in retirement benefit matching funds by failing to save in their Thrift Savings Plan (TSP).

It is never too early or too late to start planning for retirement. You need to be clear about what you want your “golden years” to look like.

Early Signs of Alzheimer’s

07/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine)

By Retirees Director Nancy Olumekor 

The following is a partial reprint of 10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s published by The Alzheimer’s Association®. For the full article, visit alz.org/10signs.

Memory loss that disrupts daily life may be a symptom of Alzheimer’s or another dementia. Alzheimer’s is a brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills. There are 10 warning signs and symptoms. If you notice any of them, please see a doctor.

Success in Action!

03/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

By Retirees Director Nancy Olumekor

The USPS and Staples deal is over! APWU retirees worked tirelessly on the Stop Staples campaign to help the union achieve a big victory. We must continue actions to achieve other successes for retired and active members.

Fighting for Justice: Elder Financial Abuse

01/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the January-February 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

According to experts, financial fraud is the fastest growing form of elder abuse. “Financial elder abuse is when someone illegally or improperly uses a vulnerable senior’s money or other property,” explains Barbara Repa, legal writer and editor for Nolo.com. In many cases, the victim and his/her family does not know the crimes and/or abuse have occurred.

Organizing for Action in 2017

11/01/2016 - (This article first appeared in the November-December 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

Sisters and brothers, an important part of our fight to protect and secure our hard-earned benefits and to help to preserve the Postal Service includes the continued growth of the APWU Retirees Department. Our collective efforts will help us achieve our goals. Retiree Chapter members participate in social, political, legislative, and educational activities for the dual purposes of improving retirees’ quality of life and reaching out to help those less fortunate. Retiree Chapters also assist APWU local and state organizations. The members of Retiree Chapters have proven to be an asset to the union at every level – as mentors and a support system for our local unions.

APWU Web News Article 231-2016

Paltry COLA Will Leave Postal, Federal Retirees Worse Off

APWU Working with Allies to Address Unintended Consequences

10/20/2016 - The APWU has joined with 74 other organizations to urge Congress to correct an outrageous disparity, Retirees Department Director Nancy Olumekor reports. Unless the legislature takes action, a miniscule 0.3 percent 2017 cost-of-living adjustment for millions of retirees will result in a substantial reduction in the annuities of hundreds of thousands of postal and federal employees who are enrolled in Medicare.

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