October 24, 2014

Social Security Benefits will Increase by 1.7% in 2015

Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 64 million Americans will increase 1.7% in 2015, the Social Security Administration announced on Wednesday.

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October 17, 2014

Health Experts: Sequester and Other Budget Cuts Left us Vulnerable to Ebola

Health experts are saying that the budget cuts, including sequestration, resulting from fiscal conservatives’ goal of cutting government at all costs, has greatly exacerbated the Ebola crisis in Africa and left the U.S. vulnerable.

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October 10, 2014

Astronomical Prices of Some Cancer Drugs Hit Vulnerable Patients Hard

60 Minutes reported last Sunday on the high price of cancer drugs in the U.S. Lesley Stahl’s piece shed light on the fact that Medicare has to pay the price determined by the drug companies, since under current law, Medicare is prohibited from negotiating the prices.

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October 03, 2014

Thousands of Alliance Members Join Tele-Town Hall Calls with Candidates

More than 6,000 Alliance members dialed in Monday night on a tele-town hall conference call with Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC), with several of the activists asking Sen. Hagan questions.

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September 26, 2014

New York Times Stresses the Importance of Older Voters

According to The New York Times, older voters this year are not favoring Republicans by the overwhelming 21 points that they did in the 2010 midterm elections. Democratic pollster Geoff Garin suggests that even a small shift by older voters will have an outsized impact on election outcomes.  

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September 19, 2014

Rally at U.S. Capitol Fires up Seniors

On Thursday, the Alliance for Retired Americans, Americans United for Change and allies held a rally at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC to say, “Hands off Social Security and Medicare!” Additional event co-sponsors included AFSCME, the AFL-CIO, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT); Communications Workers of America; the National Education Association; Social Security Works; Granny off the Cliff; SEIU, and several others.

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September 12, 2014

Seniors Increasingly Struggle to Pay Back Educational Loans

Watsonville, California resident Rosemary Anderson testified in Washington on Wednesday before the Senate Aging Committee’s hearing on older Americans and student loan debt. “Some may think of student loan debt as just a young person's problem," said Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), chairman of the committee. “Well, as it turns out, that's increasingly not the case.”

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September 05, 2014

Happy Grandparents Day!

Sunday, September 7 is Grandparents Day. In Ohio, Alliance members are celebrating the day with an event in Cortland. In Illinois, Alliance members in the East St. Louis area are celebrating the holiday today with Rep. William Enyart.

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August 29, 2014

This Labor Day, Let's Raise America's Pay – It Will Help with Retirement Savings

The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) addresses extremely slow wage growth just in time for Labor Day.

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August 22, 2014

Alliance Members Continue Social Security Birthday Celebrations

With Social Security celebrating its 79th birthday last week, Alliance members have been holding events across the country honoring the landmark retirement security program. This week’s events included celebrations with cake and balloons in states such as Iowa, Missouri, New York, and Pennsylvania.

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