November 27, 2015

AMA Announces New Policy to Make Prescription Drugs More Affordable

The American Medical Association last week called for a ban on direct-to-consumer ads for prescription drugs and implantable medical devices, saying they contribute to rising costs and patients' demands for inappropriate treatment. Delegates at the powerful group's meeting in Atlanta voted to include it in the AMA’s lobbying effort to make prescription drugs more affordable.

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November 20, 2015

Democratic Debate Includes Prescription Drug Focus

The Democratic Presidential debate on Saturday night included questions about addressing the high cost of prescription drugs in the United States. Hillary Clinton said that she supports capping out-of-pocket prescription drug costs at $250 per month and that she wants Medicare to be able to negotiate lower prices for seniors. Americans pay the highest prescription drug prices in the industrialized world, and last year drug prices went up by 13 percent.

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November 13, 2015

Donald Trump’s “Wages are Too High” Mentality is an Attack on Social Security

During Tuesday night’s Republican presidential debate, Donald Trump answered a question about raising the minimum wage by saying that wages are too high. Rather than taking on Trump, Marco Rubio and Ben Carson helped reinforce that message by stating their own opposition to a minimum wage hike.

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November 06, 2015

Sen. Elizabeth Warren Introduces Bill Providing One-time Payment of $581 to Social Security Beneficiaries, Veterans

On Thursday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced S. 2251, the Seniors and Veterans Emergency Benefits Act. The bill would provide a one-time payment in 2016 to Social Security beneficiaries, veterans, and others of $581, or 3.9% of the average Social Security retirement benefit.

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October 30, 2015

Budget Deal Protecting Social Security and Medicare Beneficiaries Passes U.S. House

Congressional leaders and the White House announced on Monday that they had reached a deal to avert default and keep the government funded. Outgoing House Speaker John Boehner helped arrange the deal, which also cleared the way for new Speaker Paul Ryan to become the new Speaker without having to worry about clashes over the debt limit and budget issues until 2017.

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October 23, 2015

Congressional Democrats Draw Line in the Sand over Social Security, Medicare Cuts

The November 3 deadline for raising the federal debt limit is fast approaching, bringing with it the risk of a U.S. credit default if Congress fails to act.

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October 16, 2015

SSA Announces 0% COLA in 2016, Triggering Major Cost Increases for Medicare Beneficiaries

Social Security Administration (SSA) officials announced on Thursday that there will be no cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for Social Security beneficiaries in 2016.

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October 09, 2015

Negotiators Reach a Deal on TPP – Alliance Members Focus on Stopping it

After five years of secret negotiations, representatives from 12 countries came to an agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on Monday. If implemented, the deal would allow drug companies to lock in patent protections on critical medications for seniors, making it more difficult to get generics on the market.

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October 02, 2015

Drug Industry Protections Causing Complications Among Trade Negotiators

International trade ministers met this week in Atlanta and the Wall Street Journal reported that they continue to be divided over provisions related to prescription drugs and how long companies will be able to keep lower-cost generics off the market.

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September 25, 2015

Alliance Elects Robert Roach as President, Joseph Peters as Secretary-Treasurer

Robert Roach, Jr. of the Bronx, New York, was elected on Monday as the new President of the Alliance, succeeding Barbara EasterlingJoseph Peters of Rochester Hills, Michigan was elected Secretary-Treasurer, following Ruben Burks. The votes occurred during a meeting of the Alliance’s Executive Committee and take effect on October 1, 2015. Richard Fiesta will continue to serve as Executive Director.

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