Resolutions

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.

2014

Against Corporate Attacks on Post-Retirement Healthcare Urges corporations to stop attacks on post-retirement health care, meet obligations to retired workers, and support health care for all

Ensuring Retirement Security in America Supports defined benefit pension plans and efforts to improve the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income programs

Honoring Ed Coyle Thanks founding Alliance Executive Director Ed Coyle for his lifelong leadership and wishes him the best in retirement

Honoring Judy Cato Congratulates retiring Alliance Executive Vice President Judy Cato and thanks her for her many years of service

Improving Social Security Benefits Supports the Strengthening Social Security Act and urges Members of Congress to co-sponsor the legislation and secure its passage

In Favor of Enacting Postal Banking Urges the US Postal Service to expand banking access for undeserved populations by offering basic banking services

Income Inequality Opposes tax reductions for corporations and the wealthiest Americans, calls for Wall Street to pay its fair share in taxes, and supports collective bargaining

Medicare Turns 50 Recognizes the 50th anniversary of Medicare and announces a national campaign to educate Americans on the merits and successes of the Medicare program

Mobilizing Seniors for the 2014 Election Commits the national Alliance and state affiliates to mobilize members for the fall election and distribute materials explaining what is at stake

New Equal Dignified Access for All Recognizes the hardships of disabled Americans and urges Congress to support measures to place power doors in Post Offices and other federal buildings

Older Americans Month Recognizes May as “Older Americans Month” and urges Congress to reauthorize the Older Americans Act

Opposing the Agenda of the American Legislative Exchange Council- ALEC Opposes ALEC’s  agenda and supports a campaign to inform the public about ALEC and ALEC-linked politicians

Opposing the Government Pension Offset and Windfall Elimination Provision Opposes the GPO and WEP provisions of the Social Security Act and supports legislation to repeal them

Save Senior Corp Urges Congress to reject proposals in the Administration’s 2015 budget to dismantle senior corps programs and cut senior corps funding

Social Security Field Office Closings and Service Cuts Supports legislation to place a moratorium on SSA field office closings and calls for pursuing efforts to restore SSA service delivery

Support for Preserving the Senior Community Service Employment Program Urges Congress to preserve SCSEP by reauthorizing the Older Americans Act and restoring funding levels

2013

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

2010

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.

2008

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.

2007

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.

2006

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.

National Health Care  Supports a universal health care system in the United States.

Social Security  Supports strengthening and improving the Social Security system, and opposes any increase in retirement age or erosion of benefits.

Economic Security

Health Care Price Transparency  Supports the publicizing of prices charged by providers for health care services both online and by mail.

Electronic Medical Records  Urges Congress to enact legislation that would create a nationwide electronic medical records system.

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.