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June 9, 2023

  • Merck Lawsuit Over Drug Price Negotiation Reflects Industry Greed, Disregard for Seniors and Taxpayers;
  • Report Shows Social Security Lifting More People Out of Poverty Than Any Other Program;
  • KFF: As Medicaid Purge Begins, ‘Staggering Numbers’ of Americans Lose Coverage;
  • Women Are More Likely to Skip or Delay Medications Due to Cost

June 2, 2023

  • Speaker McCarthy Commission to Find Ways to Cut Government Spending, Including Social Security and Medicare, as Congress Passes Bill to Raise Debt Ceiling;
  • More Workers Are Tapping 401(k)s Early for Help with Financial Emergencies;
  • KFF Health News: Cardiovascular Disease Is Primed to Kill More Older Adults, Especially Blacks and Hispanics;
  • Alliance Joins Pride at Work in Celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride Month

May 26, 2023

  • President Roach Urges House Subcommittee to Expand Social Security, Oppose Cuts;
  • Retired Americans PAC Releases Ads Warning Seniors About Threats to Social Security if Congressional Republicans Refuse to Raise the Debt Ceiling;
  • Alliance Marks Memorial Day;
  • KFF Health News – Remote Work: An Underestimated Benefit for Family Caregivers

May 19, 2023

  • Alliance Hosts Town Hall with Dr. Kilolo Kijakazi, Acting Social Security Commissioner;
  • Debt Ceiling Update: Talks Continue as June 1 Deadline Approaches;
  • Economic Policy Institute: Almost Half of Older Workers With Physically Challenging Jobs with Low Pay May Be Unable to Retire;
  • NYSARA Holds Convention in Albany, Elects Leaders;
  • Alliance Celebrates Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May 12, 2023

  • A Possible Default on the National Debt Approaches as GOP Continues to Threaten Seniors’ Programs;
  • HELP Committee Passes Package of Bipartisan Drug Price Bills to Increase Competition, Transparency;
  • Register Today for the Alliance Town Hall with Dr. Kilolo Kijakazi, Acting Social Security Commissioner;
  • Missouri House Votes to Eliminate State Income Tax on Social Security Benefits;
  • KFF Health News: Republicans Vow Not to Cut Veterans’ Benefits. But the Legislation Suggests Otherwise

May 5, 2023

  • Save the Date: Alliance Retirement Security Symposium on October 17;
  • White House Releases State by State Fact Sheets on the GOP House’s “Default on America Act”;
  • Register Today for the Alliance Town Hall with Dr. Kilolo Kijakazi, Acting Social Security Commissioner;
  • KFF Health News: Biden Administration Issues New Warning About Medical Credit Cards;
  • Older Americans Month Begins with May Day

April 28, 2023

  • Fiesta: If a Budget Reflects a Party’s Values, Then the GOP Must Not Value Seniors;
  • You’re Invited! Alliance Town Hall with Dr. Kilolo Kijakazi, Acting Social Security Commissioner;
  • Biden Announces Run for Second Term as President;
  • Today is Workers Memorial Day

April 21, 2023

  • Alliance Announces Partnership with National United Committee to Protect Pensions;
  • McCarthy Goes After Most Vulnerable Americans as Condition for Raising the Debt Ceiling;
  • OMB: Rescinding COVID Funds as Part of Debt Limit Deal is an Attack on Pensions;
  • Biden Event Provides Sharp Contrast with House GOP Proposals

April 14, 2023

  • Poll: Most Americans Oppose Social Security, Medicare Cuts;
  • Judge Grants Attorneys Fees in Arizona Alliance Voting Lawsuit;
  • McCarthy’s 100th day as Speaker: Not Much to Show So Far
  • Kaiser Health News: No-Cost Preventive Services Are Now in Jeopardy. Here’s What You Need to Know;
  • Did You Know…What Happens If You Work While Collecting Social Security Retirement Benefits?

April 7, 2023

  • Americans Could Lose $20,000 in Retirement Savings if GOP Refuses to Raise the Debt Ceiling;
  • Need for Escorts Following Relatively Minor Medical Procedures Questioned;
  • Kaiser Health News: Fatigue Is Common Among Older Adults, and It Has Many Possible Causes;
  • AFSCME Commemorates Anniversary of 1968 Sanitation Strike with New Podcast;
  • Did You Know…Social Security and Income Taxes

March 31, 2023

  • Trustees Report Shows Social Security Expansion is Affordable;
  • Senators Draw Attention to the Sky-High Salaries of Medicare Advantage CEOs;
  • Biden’s Budget Would Raise Taxes On Top .1%, Cut Them For Many Others;
  • Kaiser Health News: Congressman Seeks to Plug ‘Shocking Loophole’ Exposed by KHN Investigation

March 24, 2023

  • Mike Pence Doubles Down on Benefit Cuts;
  • Larger COLA Increase Helps Seniors Weather Inflation;
  • Starbucks Workers Hold Day of Action;
  • Kaiser Health News: Being ‘Socially Frail’ Comes With Health Risks for Older Adults

March 17, 2023

  • Alliance Releases New Congressional Voting Record;
  • Biden-Harris Administration Acts to Lower Prices for 27 Drugs;
  • GOP Senator John Kennedy, Presidential Candidate Nikki Haley Threaten Social Security, Medicare Cuts;
  • California Alliance Members Leading Protest Today at House Speaker McCarthy’s Office

March 10, 2023

  • President Biden Goes to Bat for Retirees with His 2024 Budget;
  • Social Security and Medicare are Still in Congressional Crosshairs;
  • Thursday was National “Slam the Scam” Day;
  • Alliance Chapters Celebrate International Women’s Day, Women’s History Month

March 3, 2023

  • Insulin Prices Cut for More Patients as Eli Lilly Caves to Pressure;
  • Alliance Marks Scrap the Cap Day;
  • Congress Reintroduces Protecting the Right to Organize Act;
  • Kaiser Health News: Biden Promises to Fight GOP on ‘Gutting’ Medicaid. Budget Talks Seem Like Another Story;
  • Julie Su Nominated for Secretary of Labor

February 24, 2023

  • Take Action: Sign the Alliance’s Petition to Save Social Security;
  • Steps to Hold Medicare Advantage Accountable are Not Cuts, Experts Say;
  • Battle Over ‘Orphan Drugs’ Leads to Higher Drug Prices;
  • Caregiving Crisis Looms as Number of Older Americans Soars

February 17, 2023

  • Nobel Laureate Economist Paul Krugman Details Decades of GOP Plans to Cut Social Security and Medicare;
  • Congressional Republican Agenda Would Increase the Debt by Over $3 Trillion;
  • Senators Sanders and Warren, Reps. Schakowsky and Hoyle Introduce Legislation to Expand Social Security;
  • One in Four American Older Adults Needed Long Term Care for Themselves or a Loved One Last Year

February 10, 2023

  • Debate Over Future of Social Security and Medicare Dominates State of the Union;
  • More State of the Union Priorities: Lower Insulin Prices for all Americans, the PRO Act;
  • White House Fires Back After Freshman Member of the House Moves to Repeal the Inflation Reduction Act;
  • Obituary: Gary Mitchell, President of the Wisconsin Alliance

February 3, 2023

  • Alliance Celebrates Black History Month with an Eye on Voting Rights;
  • President Roach Joins Family Leave Anniversary Event at White House;
  • President Biden, Speaker McCarthy Meet About Raising the Debt Ceiling;
  • New Study Identifies 6 Ways to Slow Memory Decline, Lower Dementia Risk;
  • Kaiser Health News: Government Lets Health Plans That Ripped Off Medicare Keep the Money

January 27, 2023

  • Democrats Debate Whether President Biden Should Negotiate with Speaker McCarthy on Debt Limit;
  • Drug Corporations Plan Price Increases on Life-Saving Medications Despite Billions in Increased Profits;
  • Pandemic Food Benefit is Set to End, and Seniors Risk Additional Food Insecurity;
  • Kaiser Health News: Rural Seniors Benefit From Pandemic-Driven Remote Fitness Boom;
  • Alliance Reacts to Mass Shootings in California

January 20, 2023

  • Biden and House GOP are at an Impasse as Nation Hits Key Debt Ceiling Deadline;
  • Democrats in Michigan Unite to Roll Back Tax on Pension Benefits;
  • Kaiser Health News: Numbers Don’t Lie. Biden Kept His Promise on Improving Obamacare;
  • Alliance Celebrates the Lunar New Year this Sunday

January 13, 2023

  • Ohio Alliance Files Voting Rights Lawsuit Over New Photo ID Requirement;
  • House GOP’s Plans to Cut Social Social Security and Medicare Advance;
  • HHS Announces Key Dates for Implementation of Medicare Drug Price Negotiation;
  • Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – And His Statements Concerning Health Care

January 6, 2023

  • Far-right House Members Seek Commitment that New Speaker Will Use Debt Limit to Force Spending Cuts;
  • Pension Spending During Covid Pandemic Provided $1.3 Trillion to the Economy;
  • House Investigation into Alzheimer’s Drug Places Blame on FDA, Biogen;
  • Kaiser Health News: Weighing Risks of a Major Surgery:
    7 Questions  Older Americans Should Ask Their Surgeon


December 23, 2022

  • Congress Passes Omnibus Spending Bill;
  • Many Inflation Reduction Act Provisions Set to Take Effect in January;
  • EPI: Older Workers are Working Later in Life to Make Ends Meet;
  • Special Message from President Roach;
  • Kaiser Health News: States Challenge Biden to Lower Drug Prices by Allowing Imports From Canada

December 16, 2022

  • Medicare Advantage Plans Overcharged Taxpayers by Millions;
  • Covid-19 Vaccines Have Saved Millions of American Lives; Booster Shots are Critical;
  • Kaiser Health News: Assisted Living Facilities Pressed to Address Growing Needs of Older, Sicker Residents;
  • Higher Number of Seniors Living Alone Brings Housing, Elder Care Issues to the Forefront

December 9, 2022

  • Biden Announces $36 Billion in Relief to Avoid Cuts to Promised Pension Benefits;
  • Kevin McCarthy Faces Debt-limit Dilemma in Bid for Speaker as House GOP Hardliners Ratchet Up Demands;
  • Kaiser Health News: Paxlovid Has Been Free So Far. Next Year, Sticker Shock Awaits;
  • Wait Times Increase for Disability Benefits as Social Security Offices Struggle Financially

December 2, 2022

  • White House Calls Tying Social Security and Medicare Cuts to Debt Ceiling Vote a “Non-Starter”;
  • SSA Warns That it Needs More Funding;
  • Older Americans Constitute Majority of COVID-19 Deaths;
  • Medicare Open Enrollment Ends Next Week;
  • Kaiser Health News: Should Older Seniors Risk Major Surgery? New Research Offers Guidance

November 25, 2022

  • Researchers Find Evidence That Aerobic Exercise Reinvigorates the Aging Brain;
  • RSV Hospitalization Rate is 10 Times Higher for Seniors This Year;
  • Long-Term Care Affordability Crisis Looms As Middle-Income Seniors Age;
  • Kaiser Health News: Sick Profit: Investigating Private Equity’s Stealthy Takeover of Health Care Across Cities and Specialties
  • Washington State Alliance Holds Annual Meeting

November 18, 2022

  • Alliance for Retired Americans Hosts 2022 Retirement Security Symposium;
  • Retirees Congratulate Pelosi on Remarkable Career as Speaker;
  • Senators Kelly and Cortez Masto, Retiree Heroes, Re-elected to the U.S. Senate;
  • Alliance Leader Elected to Colorado House;
  • Alliance Loses Ron Long, Indiana Retiree Rights and UAW Leader;
  • Alliance Wishes All of Our Members a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving

November 11, 2022

  • Retirees Remain Hopeful as Election Day Results are Tabulated;
  • Decision Blocks Illegal Hand Counting of Ballots in Cochise County in Arizona Alliance Lawsuit – but Board of Supervisors Appeals;
  • Kaiser Health News: Supreme Court to Hear Nursing Home Case That Could Affect Millions;
  • Retirement Symposium to Take Place Tuesday, will be Available on Youtube;
  • Alliance Celebrates Veterans Day Friday

November 4, 2022

  • See Which Candidates Can be Trusted with Seniors’ Votes;
  • Court Issues Temporary Restraining Order after Arizona Alliance Sues to Stop Intimidation at Ballot Drop Boxes;
  • GOTV Teletown Halls Feature AFL-CIO President Shuler, Labor Secretary Walsh, Rep. Tim Ryan and Other VIPs;
  • Medicare Beneficiaries Urged to Compare Plans and Be Wary of Misleading Claims During Open Season

October 28, 2022

  • Arizona Alliance and Voto Latino File Lawsuit to Stop Harassment and Intimidation at Arizona Ballot Drop Boxes;
  • Alliance and AFL-CIO Educate Voters During National Retirement Security Week;
  • Democratic Super PAC Ads Focus on Social Security as Election Day Draws Closer;
  • Alliance Hosts Teletown Hall with Wisconsin Members and Mandela Barnes

October 21, 2022

  • Ohio Pension Warrior Rita Lewis to Address Alliance Symposium
  • Top House Republican Kevin McCarthy Vows to Create Global Financial Crisis to Force Cuts to Social Security and Medicare
  • Alliance Celebrates Voting Rights Court Victory in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania
  • Alliance Hosts Teletown Hall with Sen. Cortez Masto; Fiesta Campaigns for Sen. Kelly
  • Kaiser Health News: Say What? Hearing Aids Available Over-the-Counter for as Low as $199, and Without a Prescription

October 14, 2022

  • Social Security Benefits to Rise by 8.7 percent in 2023 in Big Boost for Seniors;
  • Senate Republican Bill Would Repeal Democratic Drug Pricing Gains;
  • GOP Aims to Use Debt-Limit Deal to Cut Social Security and Medicare;
  • Fiesta Travels to Wisconsin, Arizona on the Campaign Trail;
  • Mississippi Alliance Holds Its Convention

October 7, 2022

  • Alliance to Host Retirement Security Seminar in November;
  • Early Voting Has Already Begun in Several States;
  • It’s Flu Vaccine Time and Seniors are Urged to Get Special Shots;
  • New Study Offers Advice for Recovering from Elder Financial Exploitation;
  • Kaiser Health News: Nursing Home Surprise: Advantage Plans May Shorten Stays to Less Time Than Medicare Covers

September 30, 2022

  • Hurricane Ian Causes Loss of Life, Epic Damage Across Florida, American Southeast;
  • Alliance Joins President Biden at White House Inflation Reduction Act Event;
  • Arizona Alliance, Priorities USA and Voto Latino Win Challenge Against Two Provisions in Arizona Voter Suppression Law;
  • Break on Medicare Premiums in 2023 Comes as Welcome News;
  • Alliance Members Cheer Additional Funding for SSA in Continuing Resolution;
  • New Mexico Alliance Holds its Convention with Several Elected Officials in Attendance

September 23, 2022

  • Alliance, Members of Congress Praise Inflation Reduction Act’s Health Care Measures at Capitol Hill Rally;
  • House Committee Passes The Social Security Fairness Act to Repeal Unfair WEP/GPO Social Security Provisions;
  • Many Republicans Continue to Support Privatizing Social Security, Medicare;
  • Kaiser Health News: Clearing Pollution Helps Clear the Fog of Aging — And May Cut the Risk of Dementia;
  • Alliance Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

September 16, 2022

  • Pennsylvania Alliance Files Motion to Fight Voter Suppression in Lehigh County;
  • Social Security’s Cost-of-Living Increase Likely to be Largest in Four Decades;
  • Kaiser Health News: While Inflation Takes a Toll on Seniors, Billions of Dollars in Benefits Go Unused;
  • Alliance Celebrates Drug Price Provisions in Inflation Reduction Act;
  • President Roach Joins Minnesota Governor Tim Walz at Machinists Picnic

September 9, 2022

  • Alliance and Allies Highlight the Benefits of Inflation Reduction Act for Retirees;
  • SSA Adds Safety Measures to Protect People Facing Long Wait Times, Adverse Conditions;
  • Illinois Alliance Member Bea Lumpkin, 104, Leads Chicago Labor Day Parade;
  • Walking More Will Cut Your Risk of Developing Dementia;
  • Fiesta Addresses Colorado Alliance Members

September 2, 2022

  • Wisconsin Senator Doubles Down on Plans to Slash Earned Retirement Benefits on Campaign Trail;
  • After Crackdown, Medicare Advantage Marketers Tone Down Sales Tactics;
  • You’re Invited: Celebrate Passage of the Inflation Reduction Act and Learn How it Will Lower Drug Prices;
  • New Study Shows Paxlovid Decreases COVID Deaths for Older People;
  • Union Support Reaches Its Highest Point In Nearly Six Decades

August 26, 2022

  • Charlie Crist to Take on Ron DeSantis for Florida Governor after Winning Democratic Primary;
  • FDA’s Announcement on Hearing Aids Could Save Relationships;
  • Using Covid Relief Funds to Rehire Retired Teachers Could Help Address Teacher Shortage;
  • Life Expectancy Fell during COVID Pandemic, Especially for Hispanic and Black Males

August 19, 2022

  • Alliance Mourns the Death of Jo Etta Brown
  • Arizona Alliance, Priorities USA and Voto Latino Challenge Arizona Voter Suppression Law
  • Alliance Celebrates Social Security’s Anniversary in the Face of Threats to the Program
  • Richard Fiesta Addresses APWU Retirees in Maryland
  • Affordable Hearing Aids to Be Available Over the Counter Nationwide

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


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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 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

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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

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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

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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

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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’

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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