November 20, 2013

Richard Fiesta Named Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans

Richard J. Fiesta has been named the Alliance for Retired Americans’ new Executive Director, succeeding Edward F. Coyle, who has managed and grown the four million member grassroots advocacy organization since its 2001 founding.  The Alliance’s Executive Board voted unanimously to appoint Mr. Fiesta, effective December 1, 2013.

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November 07, 2013

Fox Valley Residents to Ribble: “Stop Betraying Our Veterans,” Deliver 120,000+ Petitions Against Chained CPI

Today, outside Congressman Reid Ribble’s Appleton office, veterans joined area residents, state and national organizations in delivering over 120,000 petition signatures and sending a strong message: “No chained CPI benefit cuts.”

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November 05, 2013

House Ways and Means Committee Misleads on Formula for Calculating Social Security COLA

The House Ways and Means Committee was misleading when it released a statement on Monday that says, “If the more accurate chained CPI was used to determine the 2014 cost of living increase, seniors would see a 1.7 percent increase as opposed to this year’s increase of 1.5 percent.”

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October 30, 2013

Social Security to Give Small 1.5% Increase in 2014

The year 2014 will bring another small raise for millions of people in earned Social Security, veterans' and federal pension benefits. Next year's cost-of -living adjustment (COLA) increase will be 1.5%, the U.S. Department of Labor and the Social Security Administration announced today. The increase is based on the current CPI (Consumer Price Index) calculation, calibrated specifically for working Americans.

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October 17, 2013

With Budget Deal, Seniors not out of Economic Danger for Long

The following statement was issued today by Edward F. Coyle, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans.

Washington, DC – “The agreement by the U.S. House and Senate to fund the government until January 15, and to raise the debt ceiling through February 7, is a relief for seniors.

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October 03, 2013

Seniors Join Hands at U.S. Capitol to Show: “We will not allow a Government Shutdown to Force Cuts to our Benefits!”

The following statement was issued today by Edward F. Coyle, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans.

“Today scores of seniors came to the U.S. Capitol, joined hands with more than 20 Members of Congress, and formed a human chain in opposition to the Chained CPI cost-of-living adjustment formula and all benefit cuts to Social Security.

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September 30, 2013

House Republicans’ Shutdown Turns Seniors into Hostages

The following statement was issued today by Edward F. Coyle, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans:

“The Affordable Care Act offers seniors free preventive care and closes the doughnut hole gap in prescription drug coverage. For House Republicans to say that they don’t like it, and are therefore going to shut down the government over it, is a preposterous attempt to take our government – and seniors - hostage.

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September 12, 2013

Personal Medicare Stories Illustrate Need to Keep Medicare Cuts off the Chopping Block

September and October Potentially Menacing Months for Seniors

Washington, DC – Politicians in Washington are keeping Medicare cuts on the table in debt ceiling and budget deal negotiations. To combat these efforts to cut Medicare, the Alliance for Retired Americans gathered stories from retirees nationally who benefit from the program, but who still struggle to keep up with out-of-pocket costs.

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August 14, 2013

Social Security at 78 – Going Strong, Worth Fighting For

On today’s anniversary of Social Security, Americans across the country reflect on the strength and success of the program in its 78 years. Social Security provides financial security, independence, and dignity for seniors in their retirement years. Through war, Depression and multiple recessions, it has never missed a payment and has amassed a $2.7 trillion surplus.
With the reliability of pensions, 401ks and housing values dwindling, Social Security remains more important than ever for today’s seniors and for future generations. Americans across the political spectrum strongly believe we need to strengthen this vital program, not cut it. Over the past months, citizen activists have been out in the streets with a message for any elected official considering compromising the program in a budget deal: ‘Don’t even think about it.’

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July 30, 2013

On Medicare’s 48th Birthday, Retirees Push for Passage of the Medicare Drug Savings Act

The following statement was issued by Edward F. Coyle, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, on the occasion of the 48th birthday of Medicare and Medicaid.

Washington, DC – “On today’s anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid, grassroots activists with the Alliance for Retired Americans are grateful that these programs have provided 48 years of care and security for millions, allowing millions of retirees and people with disabilities to afford to see a doctor or fill a prescription.

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