"Raising the retirement age would inflict further hardship among a group of workers who are likely to face health and economic problems in their 60s." –Doug Hart, President, Arizona Alliance for Retired Americans
"Of all the lies and confusion that still surround the Affordable Care Act, perhaps the greatest is that it is bad for seniors." - Dave Meinell, President, Missouri Alliance for Retired Americans
"My father died when I was three. Because of Social Security (survivors) benefits, my Mom, my younger sister and I survived." – Diane Fleming, DC Alliance Member
"We fear that Congress will balance the budget on the backs of the 98 percent, which is working Montanans and retired Montanans. We simply cannot afford these devastating cuts to vital services such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid," –John Forkan, President, Montana Alliance for Retired Americans
"Along with national parks and Social Security, Medicare is one of the best ideas we Americans have ever devised." -Tim Cunningham, New Mexico Alliance Member
"Seniors have earned and deserve their Social Security checks, and they shouldn't have to go to Congress every 10 years and beg for the program to be renewed." –James Parent, Alliance for Retired Americans Regional Board Member
"Today's retirees paid Medicare and Social Security taxes in every paycheck we ever earned. Now that we are retired, these programs help us to be able to stay healthy and pay our bills. They are the promise we make to people who worked hard all their lives, and we need to keep that promise for today’s workers." –Tony Fransetta, President, Florida Alliance for Retired Americans
"Today's seniors want to lower the budget deficit. We do not want a large debt to be the legacy we leave to future generations, but we should not punish people who have paid Social Security taxes all their lives." –Jim Moore, President, North Carolina Alliance for Retired Americans
"Social Security should remain what it has been for 77 years – a solid, reliable way that generations of workers have been able to retire with dignity, economic security, and peace of mind." –Barbara J. Easterling, President, Alliance for Retired Americans
"The fight for Social Security and Medicare is part of a larger fight for justice and fairness"—Barbara J. Easterling, President, Alliance for Retired Americans
"The health insurance reform helps not just seniors, but also middle-class families and young Americans, who are just starting to see the benefits. Don’t let Republicans take all that away." –Don Rowen, President Emeritus, Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans
"Honoring the promise of Social Security and Medicare should not be a partisan issue. Honoring the contributions that we make throughout our working years so that we may feed and clothe ourselves, keep a roof over our heads and those of our family, there is no reason for that to be a hotly contested partisan issue." –Edward Coyle, Executive Director, Alliance for Retired Americans
"We need to make sure that people who need Social Security to make ends meet will have it, and not fall victim to ill-informed and unnecessary cuts to these vital programs."
–Barbara J. Easterling, President, Alliance for Retired Americans
What Sequestration Means For Seniors
- 4 million fewer home-delivered meals;
- Nearly 2 million senior transportation rides lost;
- 1.5 million seniors denied personal care services;
- Almost 485,000 seniors losing access to health promotion and disease prevention;
- 290,000 senior households denied LIHEAP energy assistance;
- 114,000 senior households receive reduced Section 202 unit maintenance and supportive services; and
- 2.2 million fewer SCSEP community service hours, at a value of nearly $50 million, including at least a $17.5 million cut in wages and benefits for low-income older workers
- Social Security Administration
- Visitors to field offices could wait almost 30 minutes to see a representative;
- Callers to SSA’s 800-number would wait almost 10 minutes for SSA to answer;
- Pending levels of initial disability claims would rise by over 140,000 claims; and
- On average, applicants will have to wait about two weeks longer for a decision on an initial disability claim and nearly a month longer for a disability hearing decision.
- At this stage of planning, sequestration would result in the loss (i.e. attrition without replacement) of over 5,000 more employees in FY 2013
- The termination of over 1,500 temporary employees and reemployed annuitants; and
- The elimination of overtime except for life, safety, and health concerns.
- The possibility of furloughs remains uncertain at this time. The value of a furlough day is about $25 million. With each furlough day, SSA would not be able to complete: roughly 20,000 retirement claims; over 10,000 disability claims; and 3,000 hearings.
For more, check out the fact sheet on sequestration from the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations.
The Leadership Council of Aging Organizations wrote a letter to Congress detailing the detrimental effects of sequestration on seniors. Read the letter here.
For helpful information on how your state specifically will be affected by sequestration, check out the White House’s detailed fact sheets.