The Alliance for Retired Americans Board of Directors has authority to make public policy as well as governance decisions.  Since 2001, the Board has adopted resolutions on important issues for older Americans and their families.  These Resolutions include Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, prescription drugs, housing, retiree health care, long-term care and pension and savings protections, among others.



  • Social Security Supports maintaining a strong and vibrant Social Security program, and opposes harmful proposals including Chained CPI.
  • Retirement Security  Proposes the establishment of a more effecitve retirement system through  strengthening pensions and Social Security
  • Medicare Opposes cost shifting and means testing, supports an expanded Medicare program, and urges that Medicare Part D be provided by the traditional Medicare system
  • Medicaid Supports the Affordable Care Act's Expansion of Medicaid and opposes mandatory spending or funding caps
  • Older Americans Act Urges Congress to reauthorize the OAA with sufficient funding to reflect inflation and population growth
  • Diversity Committee Establishes a permanent Diversity Committee of the Alliance for Retired Americans


  • National Conference Resolutions  From employment non-discrimination to preventing elder abuse, the Alliance addressed a variety of social issues at its 2010 Conference.
  • Senate Majority Rule Urges the U.S. Senate to use filibusters only on extraordinary occasions, abolish anonymous holds, and allow a lower threshold to invoke cloture.


  • Holding Down Energy Costs  States that rising energy costs place a disproportionate burden on older Americans with fixed incomes, and urges Congress to enact legislation on a number of issues in order to lower energy prices.
  • Second Economic Stimulus  The Alliance supports an increase in the FMAP and emergency funding for the OAA, and calls upon Congress to enact a second stimulus package.



  • Long Term Care  Proposes a social insurance model for a long-term care system and supports increased funding for the Family Caregiver Support Program.
  • Affordable Housing and Services for Older Americans  Supports an increase in construction of senior housing with supportive services in order to meet the varied needs of seniors’ households.



Health Care

  • Medicare  Supports a strengthened Medicare system that benefits both providers and beneficiaries and opposes any undermining of the program by turning it over to insurance companies.
  • Medicare Part D  Urges that Part D be provided through, and administrated by, the traditional Medicare system, and supports the negotiation of drug prices by Medicare.
  • Medicaid  Opposes changes in the current Medicare system and supports the continuation of guaranteed access to services for all those qualified.
  • Electronic Medical Records  Urges Congress to enact legislation that would create a nationwide electronic medical records system.


    Economic Security

    • Social Security  Supports strengthening and improving the Social Security system, and opposes any increase in retirement age or erosion of benefits.
    • Supplemental Security Income  Supports policies that modernize the Supplemental Security Income program, such as increasing the federal benefit standard and staffing.
    • Pensions and Retirement Savings Protections  Urges Congress to enact protections for retirees against scams and illegal practices, and to provide law enforcement agencies the funding to protect seniors from wrongful practices.
    • U.S. Budget and Tax Policy  Supports tax and budget policies that restore fiscal discipline and balance, and opposes making the Bush tax cuts permanent.


      Community Services

      • Older Americans Act  Urges Congress to draft reauthorization legislation and pass this legislation in 2006, as well as provide appropriate funding levels that reflect inflation and population growth.


        Workers' Right To Organize

        • Workers' Right To Organize  Supports passage of bipartisan legislation such as the Employee Free Choice Act and any efforts to protect workers from federal workplace rules that undermine collective bargaining agreements.


          Right To Vote

          • The Right to Vote  Supports the expansion of early voting, vote by mail, and absentee ballots, as well as the availability of ballots for the disabled or visually impaired.