December 12, 2014

Sherrod Brown to Introduce Harkin Bill to Expand Social Security in 114th Congress

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has announced plans to reintroduce Sen. Tom Harkin’s (D-IA) Strengthening Social Security Act in the next Congress. The bill would change the Social Security benefit formula, ensuring that cost of living adjustments adequately reflect the living expenses of retirees, and improve the long term financial condition of the Social Security Trust Fund.

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December 05, 2014

Illinois Pension Reform Law Ruled Unconstitutional

A Sangamon County Circuit Court judge ruled before Thanksgiving that an Illinois law aimed at easing the state's unfunded pension liability is unconstitutional, handing a victory to labor unions and state retirees who challenged the law.

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November 21, 2014

Thank Social Security Hero Tom Harkin!

Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) is retiring after 40 years of dedicated public service, including the championing of policies and legislation benefiting Social Security and Medicare recipients and their families.

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November 14, 2014

Winners in the Midterm Elections Will Affect Policies via the Budget

The New York Times reports that Congressional Republicans intend to present a plan to overhaul Medicare, calling for vouchers that they call “premium supports” to steer people 65 and over into buying private health insurance.

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November 07, 2014

Election Results Heavily Favor Republicans over Democrats

A Republican tide swept over the country Tuesday, giving the GOP full control of Congress.

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October 31, 2014

Don’t Forget: Tuesday is Election Day!

Tuesday, November 4 is Election Day, and seniors in every state will be affected by the results. If right-wing extremists take over both houses of Congress, then Social Security and Medicare will be direct targets of the majority in both the House and Senate.

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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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