12/23/2014 - This article appeared in the January-February 2015 edition of The American Postal Worker.
General enrollment in Medicare is open from Jan. 1 through March 31, but don’t confuse the general enrollment period with your eligibility enrollment period: You are eligible to enroll in Medicare three months before you turn 65, the month of your 65th birthday, and three months after the month you turn 65.
You will be penalized if you enroll outside of your eligibility period and your options to enroll will be limited.
If you miss your eligibility window, you may sign up only during the general enrollment period at the beginning of the year, with few exceptions. And, if Social Security records reflect that you have enrolled late, you will be required to pay a penalty in addition to the monthly premium. The penalty for enrolling late is 10 percent for each year you delay enrollment in Medicare Part B.
09/11/2014 - There has been a lot of information on TV, in newspapers, and online about changes in voting procedures for the upcoming midterm elections on Nov. 4. Voter identification laws have made it more difficult for seniors to exercise their right to participate in the election process in many states.
Seniors who don’t drive may not have the necessary ID and, depending on the state, there may even be a fee to obtain proper ID.
Proposed Cut Threatens Postal, Federal Retirees and Social Security Recipients
06/20/2013 - The APWU is urging union members and retirees to participate in rallies across the country on Tuesday, July 2, to protest a proposal that would put retirement benefits for millions of workers on the chopping block.
05/14/2013 - APWU President Cliff Guffey asked leaders of the Alliance for Retired Americans to encourage members of Congress to support the Postal Service Protection Act (S. 316 in the Senate and H.R. 630 in the House) when they met with U.S. senators and representatives on May 10. Guffey addressed the organization’s Leadership Conference on May 9. APWU Retirees Director Judy Beard serves on the National Executive Board of the ARA.
02/04/2013 - The APWU is encouraging retirees to meet with members of Congress in their home districts during Lobby Week, Feb. 18-22, to discuss protecting Cost-of-Living Adjustments, Social Security, Medicare and other issues of concern to seniors. Lobby Week is sponsored by the Alliance for Retired Americans, which the APWU Retirees Department is affiliated with.