Strengthen Social Security and Medicare – Don’t “Reform” Them

This initially ran in The Huffington Post. In the Washington Post this week, Editorial Page Editor Fred Hiatt writes about the need to “reform entitlements.”  Last week, AARP volunteers from every state in America came to Capitol Hill to ask their Democratic, Republican and Independent members of Congress to strengthen Social Security and Medicare by coming up with responsible solutions. Those who create the messages around recent attempts to cut Social Security benefits have also called for “entitlement reform.”  With …

Outlook for Medicare Improves, Social Security Unchanged

Good news for Medicare. The insurance program for Americans 65 and older is now expected to remain solvent until 2026, two years later than was estimated last year. The outlook for Social Security – fully solvent until 2033 – remained unchanged. The projections for the two programs and their trust funds over the next 75 years come from the Social Security and Medicare Trustees annual report released Friday. See also: AARP responds to Trustees report on Social Security AARP responds …

Meals on Wheels Caught in Budget Food Fight

Meals on Wheels programs across the nation are seeing the pain of federal budget cuts. The system that delivers hot meals to millions of home-bound or low-income seniors five days a week isn’t near collapse. But with across-the-board spending cuts, called sequestration, taking hold since March 1, local programs have begun to limit who they serve and intend to pull back in other ways. “It’s a slowly developing crisis,” Martha Roherty, executive director of the National Association of States United …