"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, former 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
In March of 2010, President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - the largest reform of
For starters, the law will generate hundreds of millions of dollars in savings that will be used to improve their quality of care. Under the law, health insurance companies will no longer be allowed to deny care to older Americans with pre-existing health conditions. Furthermore, Medicare beneficiaries will receive a free annual checkup and will no longer have to pay for preventative screenings. The law will also close the prescription drug doughnut hole, expand options for home-based care, provide early retirees with affordable health options, and protect the Medicare trust fund for years to come.
To learn more about the new law and what it will mean for you, please check out our fact sheets and issue briefs below. Now is the time to learn and educate others about the benefits of this landmark legislation, in order to push back against a repeal movement that would bring back the old, unsustainable status quo.
According to new data released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on December 15, 2013, more than 25.4 million people covered by Original Medicare received at least one preventive service at no cost to them during the first eleven months of 2013, because of the Affordable Care Act.
For a State-by-State breakdown, go to: Preventive_Services_Utilization_by_State_Jan-Nov_2013.pdf
From the White House: Eight Ways Obamacare Helps You
The benefits of the Affordable Care Act make it easier to get insurance you can afford, ensures you have the care you need when you get sick, and covers the preventive services you need to stay healthy — for free.
If you’re a consumer ready to buy health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace, visit HealthCare.gov.
Affordable Care Act Anniversary Events - March 23, 2012 is the two-year anniversary of health care reform.
The White House has released data detailing how the Affordable Care Act – health care reform - helps residents of every state. To see how your state benefits, go to http://1.usa.gov/yuI1gu.
Myths and Facts about the Affordable Care Act en español
Letter from President Easterling to Walmart re: concerns of shifting health care costs onto workers
See the Alliance's Roll Call ad celebrating one year of the Affordable Care Act on March 23, 2011
Testimony for the House Ways and Means Committee - February 10, 2011 statement for the record submitted to the House Ways and Means Committee on the Affordable Care Act and its impact on the Medicare program and Medicare beneficiaries
Alliance Letter to House Opposing Repeal of Health Care Reform - January 14, 2011 letter to all members of the U.S House of Representatives listing the reasons to oppose repeal
Health Care Benefits for Seniors in 2011 Based on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Many benefits for seniors, including free preventive services, are in effect as of January 1, 2011!
LCAO Letter_to_House_Opposing_Repeal_of_Health_Care_Reform January 5, 2011 letter from the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations - which includes the Alliance as a member - to all members of the U.S House of Representatives
2011 Medicare Health and Drug Plans by State Update from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (Press release from CMS regarding Medicare Advantage Premiums, Enrollment & Benefits in 2011 here: Doc)
The Truth About Taxing Health Benefits June 2010 Provides a thorough explanation of what taxing your health benefits would actually entail.
What to Tell Skeptics about New Health Care Law May 2010 A list of strategic talking points on what to tell people who are unsure about the new health law.
Long Term Care in the New Health Care Law May 2010 Facts about the forthcoming changes to the long-term care sector of our health care system.
Fact Sheet and Scam Alert on the Doughnut Hole May 2010 A detailed update on the progress being made to close the prescription drug coverage gap and the caveats that come along with that process.
A comprehensive listing of all the benefits that early retirees are set to gain under the new health law.
A detailed description of the changes to Medicare Advantage plans as dictated by the new health law. Provided both in English and in Spanish.
Frequently Asked Questions on the Health Law April 2010 A directory of answers, by our experts, to your frequently asked questions about the health reform law.
Health Insurance Exchange April 2010 An explanation about the intricacies of the newly established health insurance exchange program.
Medicare Benefits & Changes April 2010 en español A comprehensive summary of what is going to change and improve in Medicare and how that will affect beneficiaries. Provided in both English and Spanish.
Health Reform Fact Sheet April 14, 2010 An overview of how seniors are set to benefit from the new health law.
Immediate Benefits for Seniors March 23 2010 A list of benefits that are set to take effect within the first six months of the health laws implementation.
Fact Sheet Health Care Reform and Seniors April 14, 2010 An in-depth explanation on why the health care reform law is beneficial for America’s seniors.
Comments to Senate Finance_Health Care Financing Options The
Issue Brief: Medicare Part D An issue brief providing a thorough analysis of Medicare Part D.