"Raising the retirement age would inflict further hardship among a group of workers who are likely to face health and economic problems in their 60s." - Doug Hart, President, Arizona Alliance for Retired Americans
AZ Seniors Celebrate Social Security and Medicare Birthdays
AZ Retirees from Tucson, Phoenix, and Prescott celebrated 47 years of Medicare with local leaders. Medicare and Medicaid were signed into law in 1956 to make sure that working people, seniors, and people with disabilities could get the healthcare they need at critical moments. Both programs have a proven track record of success that is detailed in the report we're releasing today. It is this record of success that we should be building upon and expanding. Instead, however, these programs face attack after attack from conservative lawmakers who want to roll back the clock on these guaranteed benefits and leave our families on their own with the insurance companies haggle for health care for their aging parents, children with disabilities like autism or cerebral palsy, and people with disabilities that require the most complicated care. The Republican budget passed earlier this year dismantles Medicaid and ends Medicare as we know it, undermining the economic security of middle class families all over the country. Medicare is the best way to provide seniors and people with disabilities with affordable health care they can count on. It protects beneficiaries and their families against health expenses that could drive them into bankruptcy or worse—force them to forego medical treatment they need to survive. Because of its concentrated purchasing power, Medicare controls costs better than private insurance companies. While Medicare's costs per person increased by about 4.7 percent a year from 1999 to 2009, comparable benefits under private insurance rose 6.9 percent—nearly 50 percent more.
October 25, 2012
For Immediate Release October 25, 2012 Contact: Tory Anderson firstname.lastname@example.org Retiree Advocacy Group Announce Endorsements Phoenix, AZ – The Arizona Alliance for Retired Americans, a non-profit, non-partisan retiree advocacy group with over 42,000 Arizona members, proudly announces endorsements for candidates statewide. “We feel these candidates will stand strong for senior issues,” said Doug Hart, President. “Seniors and retirees in Ari...Read More »
The Alliance and our allies continue to plan events around the country for the July 2nd “Human Chain against the Chained CPI” National Day of Action. The day is devoted to stopping the chained CPI benefit cut to Social Security. More than forty actions are already scheduled to take place in front of key Congressional offices and Federal Buildings across the country. A comprehensive map of events is now available, along with an event listing, on our website at http://tinyurl.com/pd...Read More »
According to a new study in the journal Health Affairs, states would save money by accepting the Medicaid expansion in President Obama's health care law. The study finds that fourteen of the states that have rejected the expansion will spend a combined $1 billion more on uncompensated care, and give up $8.4 billion in payments from the federal government. In addition, 3.6 million Americans who would have received coverage in the expansion will remain uninsured. Opposition to accepting the fun...Read More »