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2022

August 12, 2022

  • Seniors Applaud House Passage of Bold Action to Lower Drug Prices
  • Social Security’s Anniversary is This Sunday
  • Richard Fiesta Addresses SOAR Retirees
  • Kaiser Health News: Nursing Homes Are Suing the Friends and Family of Residents to Collect Debts

August 5, 2022

  • Inflation Reduction Act Gains Traction As it Heads Toward a Vote
  • Anti-Retiree GOP Candidates Win Primaries
  • Alliance Members Join Kentucky Flooding Relief Efforts
  • Kaiser Health News: ‘True Cost of Aging’ Index Shows Many Seniors Can’t Afford Basic Necessities

July 29, 2022

  • Robert Roach, Jr. and Joseph Peters, Jr. Re-elected as Alliance Leaders at National Meeting Continue to Work on Legislation Allowing Medicare to Negotiate Lower Prices
  • National Meeting Includes VIP Remarks, Greetings
  • New Resolutions Honor Leaders, Address Social Security and Right to Vote and More
  • Celebrating the 57th Anniversary of Medicare
  • “The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022” Renews Hope for Action to Lower Drug Prices

July 22, 2022

  • Drug Corporations Hike Prices Again While Senate Democrats Continue to Work on Legislation Allowing Medicare to Negotiate Lower Prices
  • GAO Investigation Finds Failures in Appeals Process for Social Security Disability Benefits
  • Study Finds American Men Are Less Healthy Than Their Counterparts
  • Alliance Members Elect Regional Board Members

July 15, 2022

  • Register by Monday for the Alliance’s 2022 National Membership Meeting
  • Big Pharma Spends $150 Million Lobbying Against Lower Drug Prices
  • President Roach Addresses AFT Retirees in Massachusetts
  • Congress Must Improve Customer Service by Boosting the Budget for Social Security Administration
  • Obituary: Gerald McEntee, Longtime AFSCME President

July 8, 2022

  • Senate Democrats Continue to Eye July Deadline to Pass Lower Drug Price Bill
  • Alliance Calls for Change in Wake of Mass Shooting at Fourth of July Parade in Illinois
  • Florida Alliance Denounces Sen. Marco Rubio’s Plan to Cut Social Security
  • Register now for the Alliance’s 2022 National Membership Meeting
  • Kaiser Health News: How Pfizer Won the Pandemic, Reaping Outsize Profit and Influence

July 1, 2022

  • History Made as Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson Joins the Supreme Court
  • Senate Democrats Working to Pass Legislation to Lower Drug Prices in July
  • Register now for the Alliance’s 2022 National Membership Meeting
  • Alliance Members Host Convention in Connecticut and Senior Summit in Kansas
  • Kaiser Health News: Government Watchdogs Attack Medicare Advantage for Denying Care and Overcharging

June 24, 2022

  • Research Provides Further Evidence that Pensions are Superior to 401(k) Plans
  • U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Rule Requiring Return of Medicare Overpayments
  • New Bipartisan Legislation Aims to Limit Insulin Prices for Patients
  • New Flu Vaccines Recommended for Older Americans
  • Kaiser Health News: 100 Million People in America Are Saddled With Health Care Debt

June 17, 2022

  • President Shuler, Secretary-Treasurer Redmond Bring Bold Vision For Labor Expansion
  • Biden Speaks about Social Security and Medicare at Philadelphia AFL-CIO Convention
  • Workers Encouraged to Track Down Lost Pension Benefits
  • Kaiser Health News: Preventive Care May Be Free, but Follow-Up Diagnostic Tests Can Bring Big Bills

June 10, 2022

  • President Roach Tells Senate Committee Social Security Must Be Expanded
  • Medicare Advantage Insurance Firms Accused of Submitting False Bills to Inflate Profits
  • New Drug Prices Soar to Median of $180,000 a Year
  • Kaiser Health News: Despite a First-Ever ‘Right-to-Repair’ Law, There’s No Easy Fix for Wheelchair Users

June 3, 2022

  • Social Security Trustees Report Shows We Can Expand Social Security;
  • Medicare Beneficiaries Will See A Premium Cut, But Not Until 2023;
  • Kaiser Health News: ‘That’s Just Part of Aging’: Long Covid Symptoms Are Often Overlooked in Seniors;
  • June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month

May 27, 2022

  • Alliance Stands with Victims of Texas Elementary School Shooting and Their Families
  • Social Security Administration Levied Enormous Fines on the Poor and Disabled
  • FCC Addresses Annoying Robocalls from Other Countries
  • Executive Director Fiesta Addresses Coalition of Black Trade Unionists
  • Alliance Marks Memorial Day

May 20, 2022

  • Alliance Stands with Those Targeted in Mass Shooting in Buffalo
  • Health Insurance CEOs Raked in Record Compensation Last Year
  • Join the Alliance Next Thursday for “Slam the Scam: How to Shut Down Social Security Scammers” Workshop
  • CMS Unveils Updated, More User-Friendly Medicare Website
  • Kaiser Health News: Why Won’t More Older Americans Get Their Covid Booster?

May 13, 2022

  • New Campaign Ads Focus on Sen. Scott’s Plans for Medicare, Social Security
  • American Covid Death Toll Hits One Million
  • Older Americans Month: A Chance to Put Aside Stereotypes About Aging
  • Alert: Scammers Using Alliance Logo to Obtain Banking Information

May 6, 2022

  • White House Issues “Older Americans Month” Proclamation
  • Alliance Facilitates Partnership with Labor Movement, SUNY to Help Students with Family, Financial Obligations
  • COVID-19 Death Toll Among Older Americans Still Rising
  • Kaiser Health News: Medicare Surprise – Drug Plan Prices Touted During Open Enrollment Can Rise Within a Month

April 29, 2022

  • May is Older Americans Month!
  • HHS investigation Finds Many Medicare Advantage Enrollees are Denied Necessary Care
  • Sen. Warren, Experts Highlight Executive Actions to Lower Drug Prices
  • Alliance Celebrates May Day this Sunday

April 22, 2022

  • Help Build Momentum for Rep. Larson’s Bill that Expands Social Security Benefits
  • Alliance Draws Attention to Dangers of Sen. Scott’s “Rescue America Plan”
  • Big Pharma’s Lies on Drug Prices Debunked
  • Workers Memorial Day is April 28 – Find an Event Near You

April 15, 2022

  • New Laws Make It Easier to Visit Loved Ones in Health Care Facilities
  • 2022 National and Regional Meetings – Save the Dates
  • Arizona Alliance Testifies at Sen. Kelly Hearing on Lowering Prescription Drug Prices
  • Kaiser Health News — It’s Your Choice: You Can Change Your Views of Aging and Improve Your Life
  • The Alliance Celebrates Medicaid Awareness Month

April 8, 2022

  • Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson Confirmed as 116th Supreme Court Justice
  • Medicare Limits Coverage of Aduhelm to Patients in Clinical Trials
  • After Insulin Copay Cap Passes House, Senate Looks for a Broader Bill
  • Social Security Field Offices Reopen Nationwide

April 1, 2022

  • Federal Judge Finds Florida Voting Law Unconstitutional in Case Brought by the Florida Alliance and Others
  • Alliance Praises House Passage of Legislation to Reduce the Price of Insulin
  • President Biden’s 2023 Budget Offers Benefits, Protections for Older Americans
  • FDA, CDC Clear Second COVID-19 Boosters for Americans Age 50 and Older

March 25, 2022

  • Democrats Eye Plans to Substantially Drop the Price of Insulin
  • Seniors Celebrate Affordable Care Act’s 12th Anniversary
  • Retirees on Fixed Incomes Live Day-to-Day Amid Rising Inflation
  • Kaiser Health News: Covid’s ‘Silver Lining’: Research Breakthroughs for Chronic Disease, Cancer, and the Common Flu

March 18, 2022

  • Senior GOP Sen. Grassley Tells Democrats to Pass Drug Price Legislation Now
  • Pfizer asks FDA to Approve Fourth Dose of COVID Vaccine for Seniors
  • Omnibus Spending Bill Includes Increases for Social Security Administration, Senior Nutrition, and the CDC
  • As Medical Debt Stacks Up, Many People in Their Early 60s Count the Days Until They Are Eligible for Medicare

March 11, 2022

  • Alliance Praises Senate Passage of Bipartisan Postal Reform Bill
  • Generic Drug Manufacturer Announces Plans for Low-Cost Insulin
  • Nation Celebrates One Year Since American Rescue Plan Became Law
  • Report Highlights In-Home Hazards for Older Americans

March 4, 2022

  • President Biden Addresses Many of Retirees’ Highest Priorities at State of the Union
  • Biden Unveils Plans to Support Poorest-Performing Nursing Homes
  • Even Sen. McConnell Reprimands Sen. Rick Scott over Drastic Social Security, Medicare Proposals
  • Social Security Administration Fights Fraud with National “Slam the Scam Day”

February 25, 2022

  • Seniors Praise Nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson to U.S. Supreme Court
  • Senators Again Eye “Fixes” to Social Security
  • Alliance Celebrates Scrap the Cap Day
  • Daily Activities Like Gardening Reduced Heart Disease Risk in Older Women
  • Kaiser Health News: As Covid Slogs On, Seniors Find Fortitude Waning and Malaise Growing

February 18, 2022

  • Alliance Releases New Retiree Voting Record Report
  • Invitation: Zooming into 2022 Training Event
  • For Older People with Memory Issues, ‘Clutter’ May be the Culprit
  • Kaiser Health News: Why Millions on Medicaid Are at Risk of Losing Coverage in the Months Ahead

February 11, 2022

  • Alliance Cheers House Passage of Bipartisan Postal Reform Bill
  • Census Report Highlights Older Households’ Sources of Income
  • For Older Patients, Exercise Could Speed Recovery Following Hospitalization
  • Kaiser Health News — Health Care Paradox: Medicare Penalizes Dozens of Hospitals It Also Gives Five Stars

February 4, 2022

  • The Alliance and the AFL-CIO Celebrate Black History Month, Lunar New Year
  • Medicare to Pay for Home Covid Tests
  • Florida Alliance’s Lawsuit Against the State’s Restrictive Voting Law Goes to Court
  • COVID-19 Widows Struggle to Get Survivors Benefits as Social Security Offices Remain Closed
  • KHN: Pandemic-Fueled Shortages of Home Health Workers Strand Patients Without Necessary Care

January 28, 2022

  • Alliance Takes More Action to Protect Voting Rights
  • Key Senator Still Pushing for Legislation to Lower Drug Prices
  • Nursing Home Staff Shortage Worsens as the Pandemic Continues
  • KHN: Why Medicare Doesn’t Pay for Rapid At-Home Covid Tests

January 21, 2022

  • Historic Voting Rights Legislation, Filibuster Reform Fail to Pass in the U.S. Senate
  • Democrats Urge Scaled-Back Build Back Better Act
  • Free COVID-19 Test Kits are Now Available from the U.S. Postal Service
  • Supreme Court Decision Upholds Vaccine Rule for Most Nursing Home, Health Care Workers

January 14, 2022

  • Retirees Applaud HHS Secretary Becerra’s Directive that CMS Reconsider 14% 2022 Medicare Premium Hike
  • Voting Rights Push Hits a Major Hurdle following Speech by Sen. Sinema
  • Pension Plans Offer Substantial Cost Advantages Over 401(k) Retirement Accounts
  • AFL-CIO’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day Virtual Event to Feature Vice President Kamala Harris

January 7, 2022

  • Prices Jump 5% On More Than 450 Prescription Drugs to Start the Year
  • How to Get Social Security Questions Answered
  • “No Surprises Act” Law is Now in Effect to Dispute Unexpected Medical Bills
  • Obituary: Karen Ferguson, Founder of the Pension Rights Center

2021

December 31, 2021

  • The Alliance Mourns Loss of Retiree Champion Senator Harry Reid
  • Biogen Cuts Price for Alzheimer’s Drug Amid Controversy
  • New Protections from Surprise Medical Bills Go into Effect in 2022
  • Voting Rights Battle to Continue in 2022
  • Seniors are Disproportionately Affected by Breakthrough Covid Hospitalizations
  • KHN: ‘The Charges Seem Crazy’: Hospitals Impose a ‘Facility Fee’ — For a Video Visit

December 17, 2021

  • Senate Republicans and Chamber of Commerce Double Down on Opposition to the Build Back Better Act
  • Covid Booster Rates are Sluggish in Nursing Homes
  • Postal Reform Act Awaits a Vote to Strengthen the Post Office
  • As U.S. Passes 800,000 Virus Deaths, 1 of Every 100 Older Americans Has Died

December 10, 2021

  • President Roach Pushes for a Vote on Social Security Expansion at Congressional Hearing
  • President Biden Outlines the Ways “Build Back Better” will Lower Drug Prices
  • House Oversight Committee: Drug Prices are “Unsustainable, Unjustifiable and Unfair”
  • Medicare Beneficiaries’ Telehealth Visits Increased 63-Fold in 2020

December 3, 2021

  • Health Officials Urge Booster Shots for Older Americans to Combat Omicron Variant
  • Tell Senators: Pass the Build Back Better Act Now
  • Older Homeowners Experience Surge in Predatory Solicitations
  • KHN: For Older Adults, Smelling the Roses May Be More Difficult

November 26, 2021

  • Biden to Replace Ron Bloom, USPS Board Chair and DeJoy Ally, on Postal Board of Governors
  • New Report Shows Drug Price Hikes for 7 Medicines Were “Unjustified” and Cost Billions
  • Psychologists: Use These Techniques to Boost Your Mental Health
  • KHN: As Big Pharma and Hospitals Battle Over Drug Discounts, Patients Miss Out on Millions in Benefits

November 19, 2021

  • House Passes Historic Build Back Act that Lowers Drug Prices, Funds Home Care and Hearing Aids
  • UAW Members End John Deere Strike with Higher Wages and Stronger Retirement Benefits
  • Medicare Premiums to Take a Big Bite out of Social Security’s 5.9% COLA in 2022
  • KHN: Public Opinion Is Unified on Lowering Prescription Drug Prices. Why Are Leaders Settling for Less?

November 12, 2021

  • Build Back Better Act Clears Procedural Vote in House, Awaits Next Steps
  • Alliance Activists Make the Case for the Build Back Better Act
  • Legislation is Introduced in House to Reduce Barriers for Older Workers
  • KHN: Medicare Enrollment Blitz Doesn’t Include Options to Move Into Medigap

November 5, 2021

  • House and Senate Leaders Reach Agreement on Legislation to Lower Drug Costs
  • Build Back Better Act Will Also Fund Home Care, Adds Guaranteed Hearing Benefit to Medicare
  • Lower Premiums, More Choices for Affordable Care Act Patients in 2022
  • KHN: Nursing Home Residents Overlooked in Scramble for Covid Antibody Treatments
  • Happy Veterans Day from the Alliance

October 29, 2021

  • President Biden Unveils Framework for Build Back Better Bill
  • Representative Larson Introduces Social Security Expansion Bill With 194 Co-Sponsors
  • Arizona Alliance Holds Halloween Rally Outside Senator Sinema’s Office
  • KHN: Medicare Punishes 2,499 Hospitals for High Readmissions

October 22, 2021

  • Voting Rights Legislation Blocked Again in Senate
  • Only 1 in 7 Seniors Have Received a Covid Booster Shot So Far
  • Kaiser Health News: ‘They Treat Me Like I’m Old and Stupid’: Seniors Decry Health Providers’ Age Bias
  • Medicare Open Enrollment Season Has Begun

October 15, 2021

  • Social Security Benefits Will Increase by Almost 6 Percent in 2022
  • Analysis Illustrates How Eliminating the Payroll Tax Cap Could Substantially Improve Social Security’s Future
  • Kaiser Health News: The Public Backs Medicare Rx Price Negotiation Even After Hearing Both Sides’ Views
  • Elmer Blankenship, Beloved Longtime President of the Indiana Alliance, Passes Away at 95

October 8, 2021

  • Drug Corporations Kick Lobbying into High Gear to Stop Medicare Drug Price Negotiation
  • Alliance Members Speak Out for Drug Price Negotiation and Expanded Medicare Benefits
  • Forty-nine Democratic Senators Introduce Voting Rights Legislation
  • USPS Postal Banking Pilot Launched in Four Cities

October 1, 2021

  • CEOs Against Medicare Price Negotiation Were Paid $400 Million Collectively Last Year
  • Extreme Wealth Inequality at All Ages is Tied to Retirement Struggles for Many Americans
  • Kaiser Health News: An Ad’s Charge That Price Haggling Would ‘Swipe $500 Billion From Medicare’ Is Incorrect
  • Fred Redmond is New Alliance Executive Vice President

September 24, 2021

  • Alliance Fighting for Lower Drug Prices as Debate Heats up in Congress
  • FDA, CDC Back Pfizer COVID-19 Boosters for Seniors, High-Risk Americans
  • Survey Says Most Private Insurance Plans Won’t Waive COVID-19 Cost-sharing
  • Nabisco Strike Ends: BCTGM Members Overwhelmingly Accept New Contract

September 17, 2021

  • Medicare Drug Price Negotiation Proposal Blocked in Committee
  • Senate Democrats’ Introduce New Voting Rights Bill
  • Democrats Look to Wealthiest Americans, Corporations to Pay for Reconciliation Bill
  • Kaiser Health News: Over Half of States Have Rolled Back Public Health Powers in Pandemic

September 10, 2021

  • Texas Alliance Sues Over New Extreme Voting Restrictions
  • Administration Advances Plans for Lower Drug Prices as Congress Works on Ways to Expand Medicare with the Savings
  • Action Needed: Medicare Drug Price Negotiation Being Debated in Congress Now
  • New Poll Explores Seniors’ Biggest Concerns
  • Many Nursing Home Residents Suffer through Hurricane Ida, Pandemic in Horrid Conditions

September 3, 2021

  • Texas Legislature Sends Anti-Democratic Voting Legislation to Governor Abbott for Signature
  • Action Needed: Sign the Labor Day Petition Calling for Passage of the PRO Act
  • Social Security’s Finances Remain Strong, Annual Trustees Reports Show
  • KHN: Apple, Bose and Others Pump Up the Volume on Hearing Aid Options, Filling Void Left by FDA

August 27, 2021

  • House Passes Budget Resolution Agreement
  • Nabisco Workers Go On Strike in Five States to
    Fight Offshoring, Preserve Pension Benefits
  • House Passes the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act
  • Older Workers Struggling to Stay in Workforce
  • KHN: After Pandemic Ravaged Nursing Homes, New State Laws Protect Residents

August 20, 2021

  • Action Needed: Demand That Your Senators Protect Our Vote
  • Growing Number of Public Health Experts Recommend Upgrading Masks
  • Medicare Advantage Plans Cost Federal Government $7 Billion in 2019
  • Alliance Leader Jo Etta Brown Re-Appointed Chair of Nevada Commission for Women

En Español

August 13, 2021

  • Retirees Applaud President Biden’s Forceful Call for Action to Lower Prescription Drug Prices
  • Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal Passes Senate
  • Alliance Says “Expand, Don’t Cut” Social Security as Anniversary Approaches
  • KHN: Why Doesn’t Medicare Cover Services So Many Seniors Need?

En Español

August 6, 2021

  • Retirees Mourn the Death of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka
  • Alliance Poll: Seniors Would Cross Party Lines to Vote for Candidates Who Support Medicare Drug Price Negotiation
  • Alliance Members Continue to Commemorate Medicare, Social Security Anniversaries
  • KHN: ‘Wisdom and Fear’ Lead 90% of U.S. Seniors to Covid Vaccines

En Español

July 30, 2021

  • Alliance Celebrates Medicare’s Birthday with Events from Coast to Coast
  • Medicare Part D Enrollees Are Paying Thousands Out-of-Pocket Above the Catastrophic Threshold, Far More than Expected
  • Doctors Hand Big Pharma a Loss in Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Negotiations
  • Staffing Shortages, High Turnover Make Finding Home Care for Older Adults Even Harder

En Español

July 23, 2021

  • 56th Anniversary of Medicare Brings Fight to Lower Drug Prices into High Gear
  • Senate Holds Hearing on PRO Act, Proponents Drum Up Support
  • American Medical Debt Twice as High as Previously Thought, Concentrated in States Without Medicaid Expansion
  • KHN: Though Millions Are at Risk for Diabetes, Medicare Struggles to Expand Prevention Program

En Español

July 16, 2021

  • Senate Democrats Announce Package to Expand Medicare to Include Dental, Hearing and Vision Benefits
  • President Biden Fires SSA Commissioner Appointed by Trump
  • President Biden Signs Executive Order Targeting High Drug Prices
  • Texas State Legislators Flee the State to Preserve Voting Rights

En Español

July 9, 2021

  • Report Shows Top 14 Drug Corporations Could Easily Afford Medicare Price Negotiation
  • Congressional Democrats Eye Multiple Paths to Medicare Improvement
  • Alliance’s Partnership with SUNY Helps Younger Caretakers
  • Ageism Costs the Economy Trillions

En Español

July 2, 2021

  • New Report Details Patient Advocacy Groups’ Reliance on Big Pharma Donations
  • Legislation Introduced to Enact President Biden’s Caregiving Plan
  • House of Representatives Passes Legislation to Protect Older Workers from Discrimination
  • Calming Computer Jitters: Help for Seniors Who Aren’t Tech-Savvy

June 25, 2021

  • Schumer Backs Plan to Expand Medicare, Add Dental, Vision, and Hearing Coverage
  • Alliance Urges Congress to Lower Drug Prices Now, Saying Older Americans are “Fed Up”
  • Data Show Massive COVID Death Toll in Nursing Homes; Crucial Information Missing in Florida
  • Black and Hispanic Americans Suffer Most in Biggest US Decline in Life Expectancy Since WWII

June 18, 2021

  • President Roach Urges House Democrats to Expand Social Security
  • Government Panel: Higher Drug Prices, not More Prescriptions, Are Driving Higher Medicare Spending
  • U.S. Supreme Court Dismisses Challenge to the Affordable Care Act
  • KHN: Device Makers Have Funneled Billions to Orthopedic Surgeons Who Use Their Products

En Español

June 11, 2021

  • Drug Prices Rose at Twice the Inflation Rate in 2020
  • Biden Budget Includes Funds to Boost Social Security’s Customer Service
  • New Alzheimer’s Drug Approved as Debate Heats Up Over Its Cost, Effectiveness
  • KHN: Zooming Into the Statehouse: Nursing Home Residents Use New Digital Skills to Push for Changes

En Español

June 4, 2021

  • Voter Suppression Spotlight Shifts to Texas
  • New Studies Detail Pandemic’s Impact on Retirement Security
  • Biden Budget Addresses Seniors’ Health Care Needs
  • KHN: Caring for an Aging Nation

En Español

May 28, 2021

  • Happy Anniversary to the Alliance
  • Nursing Homes Look to Protect Against Lawsuits by Invoking Trump Administration’s Policy
  • Senate Confirms Chiquita Brooks-LaSure to Run the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service
  • KHN: Stark Racial Disparities Persist in Vaccinations, State-Level CDC Data Shows
  • Remembering Those Who Died Serving the Country
  • Alliance Mourns Those Lost in Latest Senseless Shooting

May 21, 2021

  • Hearing Exposes Greed of Drug Corporation Abbvie
  • Florida Alliance Urges Congress to Lower Drug Prices and End Corporate Tax Breaks
  • Members of Congress Suggest Expanding Medicare Telehealth Options
  • KHN: As Pandemic Eases, Many Seniors Have Lost Strength, May Need Rehabilitative Services

En Español

May 14, 2021

  • For the People Act Advances in the U.S. Senate
  • Congress Takes Significant Steps to Strengthen the Postal Service
  • CFPB Offers Financial Resources for Seniors
  • KHN: Trouble Managing Money May Be an Early Sign of Dementia

En Español

May 7, 2021

  • Florida Alliance Sues State of Florida to Protect Voting Rights
  • COVID-19 “TRIPS Waiver” Could Assist Countries Seeing the Worst of the Pandemic
  • Mounting Evidence Demonstrates Need for Action on High Drug Prices
  • Alliance Members Mark Older Americans Month

En Español

April 30, 2021

  • New Congressional Voting Record Report Available
  • President Biden’s Joint Address to Congress Promises More Action
    To Help Older Americans Recover from the Pandemic
  • Senate Committee Advances Biden’s Nominees for USPS Board
  • Seniors’ Face a Financial Double Whammy: Escalating Drug Prices and Low Social Security COLAs
  • May Day to Commemorate Workers Around the World as Senate Considers the PRO Act

En Español

April 23, 2021

  • Sen. Romney, Rep. Gallagher Re-Introduce the TRUST Act
  • Rural Seniors’ Lower Vaccination Rates Signal an Urban-Rural Divide
  • CFPB Offers Tips for Seniors Seeking a Financial Adviser
  • KHN: From Rotten Teeth to Advanced Cancer, Patients Feel the Effects of Treatment Delays

En Español

April 16, 2021

  • White House Budget Includes Increased Funding for SSA, Alzheimer’s Research
  • COVID Scams Targeting Seniors Continue Despite a Majority of Seniors Being Vaccinated
  • KHN: Biden Seeks $400 Billion to Buttress Long-Term Care. A Look at What’s at Stake.
  • Rich Fiesta Addresses United Federation of Teachers Retirees

En Español

April 9, 2021

  • Lobbyists Fight Democratic Proposals on Drug Pricing, Vaccine Access
  • American Rescue Plan Can Expand Medicaid in States That Have Refused Funds
  • Biden Administration Announces 500,000 New HealthCare.gov Sign-Ups
  • KHN: ‘I Can Breathe Again’: Older Adults Begin to Test Freedom After Covid Vaccinations
  • Alliance Members Meet with Members of Congress during Congressional Recess

April 2, 2021

  • Millions of Social Security Beneficiaries Still Waiting on $1,400 Covid-19 Relief Payments
  • Biden Unveils $2 Trillion Infrastructure Plan, Including Vast Expansion of Long Term Care
  • Infrastructure Plan Could Also Include Medicare Expansion
  • KHN: ‘Incredibly Concerning’ Lawsuit Threatens Free Preventive Care for Millions

En Español

March 26, 2021

  • Senior Trump Appointees Remain in Place at Social Security Administration
  • KHN: Democrats Eye Medicare Negotiations to Lower Drug Prices
  • Marty Walsh is Confirmed As Labor Secretary At a Key Time for Unions
  • Calls for Postal Banking Gain Momentum

En Español

March 19, 2021

  • Xavier Becerra is Confirmed to Lead HHS, Bringing Renewed Hope for Action to Lower Drug Prices
  • Senate Prepares to Consider Biden Nominees to the Postal Service Board of Governors
  • KHN: Covid Cases Plummet 83% Among Nursing Home Staffers Despite Vaccine Hesitancy
  • Alliance Condemns Senseless Shootings in Georgia

En Español

March 12, 2021

  • Biden’s American Rescue Plan Brings $1.9 Trillion in Coronavirus Relief
  • Retirees Applaud Provision to Save Multiemployer Pension Plans from Insolvency
  • PRO Act Passes the House
  • KHN: Texas Winter Storm Exposes Gaps in Senior Living Oversight

En Español

March 5, 2021

  • Tell Congress: Pass the PRO Act So Workers Can Form a Union Without Barriers
  • House Passes Landmark Voting Rights Bill
  • Leaked Documents Detail Postmaster General’s Plans to Slow Mail Delivery
  • Alliance Celebrates Women’s History Month
  • KHN: Reopening of Long-Term Care Facilities Is ‘an Absolute Necessity for Our Well Being’

En Español

February 26, 2021

  • President Biden Takes Action to Help the Postal Service
  • Coronavirus Stimulus Relief Package Closer to Passage
  • Coronavirus Pandemic Has Had a Negative Impact on Retirement Security
  • KHN: Countless Homebound Patients Still Wait for Covid Vaccine Despite Seniors’ Priority

En Español

February 19, 2021

  • State Legislators Push For Price-Hike Penalties to Lower Drug Prices
  • House Committee Will Focus on USPS Next Week
  • KHN: Family Caregivers, Routinely Left Off Vaccine Lists, Worry What Would Happen ‘If I Get Sick’
  • Former President Trump and Hate Groups Sued Over January 6 Capitol Riot

En Español

February 12, 2021

  • Sen. Romney Continues to Threaten Retirement Security
  • Rescue Plan for Multiemployer Pension Plans Advances in the House
  • PRO Act is Re-Introduced in House and Senate to Make it Easier to Form a Union
  • KHN: At This Early Stage of the COVID-19 Vaccine Roll-Out, Most Older Adults Have Not Yet Been Vaccinated As Supply Remains Limited

En Español

February 5, 2021

  • John Sweeney, President of the AFL-CIO from 1995-2009, is Remembered as a Visionary
  • Senate Approves Budget for Biden’s $1.9 Trillion Stimulus
  • Survey: Pandemic Caused Many Americans to Withdraw Money from their Retirement Accounts
  • KHN: When Your Chance for a Covid Shot Comes, Don’t Worry About the Numbers
  • President Roach: Black History Month Comes Amid Milestones, But Work Remains

En Español

January 29, 2021

  • President Biden Moves to Speed up Covid Vaccinations
  • KHN Poll: Nearly Half of American Adults Now Want the Covid Vaccine — ASAP
  • Biden Administration Kills Trump Proposals to Cut Social Security Disability Benefits
  • Republicans Push New Voting Restrictions
  • Scammers Have Stolen $130 Million in Coronavirus Schemes

En Español

January 22, 2021

  • Hope for End to Coronavirus Pandemic Rises as Joe Biden and Kamala Harris Take Office
  • Report Finds Pensions Make a Significant Contribution to the Economy, Not Just to Beneficiaries
  • Biden Fires Trump Appointee at National Labor Relations Board
  • COVID-19 Leads to Largest Single-Year Decline in Life Expectancy

En Español

January 15, 2021

  • Biden’s COVID-19 Relief Package Will Accelerate Vaccine Distribution
  • Highest Earners Already Paid their Social Security Taxes for the Year
  • AFL-CIO President Trumka Introduces Workers First Agenda: Five Priorities for 2021
  • Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day with Messages of Hope and Equality
  • Obituary: Former Alliance Regional Board Member Kenyon Lauten Pease Jr., 1943 – 2021

En Español

January 8, 2021

  • Sign Our Petition to Remove President Trump from Office NOW
  • Ossoff, Warnock Senate Victories a Momentous Win for Retirees
  • Attacks on SSA Lead to Lost Benefits for Seniors
  • Mayor Marty Walsh will be Nominated to be Secretary of Labor
  • KHN: Seniors Face Crushing Drug Costs as Congress Stalls on Capping Medicare Out-Of-Pockets

En Español

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