benefits

What the Cut in Food Stamps Means

Posted on 02/10/2014 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsWhen President Obama signed the farm bill on Feb. 7, it meant sun and rain for food stamp recipients. The sunny side is that a $40 billion cut over 10 years proposed by House Republicans was whittled to $8.6 billion. The stormy side is that some 850,000 households, or 4 percent of beneficiaries of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP (formerly food stamps), will lose about $90 a month to help pay for groceries. The wide-ranging law also addresses nutrition …

Will Congress Revive Jobless Benefits?

Posted on 01/8/2014 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsWhen it comes to unemployment, older Americans face a double whammy. Many face age discrimination. (About a third say that they — or someone they know — were recently discriminated against because of their age.) On top of that, employers also discriminate against job applicants who have been out of work the longest, according to Deborah Chalfie, AARP senior legislative representative for financial security. Of the unemployed, people 55 or older were out of work an average of 51 weeks, …

Budget Deficit Talks Finally Exclude Benefit Programs

Posted on 12/26/2013 by | AARP Media Relations Team | Comments

PoliticsLast week as the Senate worked to pass a bipartisan budget framework that doesn’t cut Social Security or Medicare benefits, a hearing without the same fanfare took place just steps away. In a high-ceiling, wood-paneled committee room, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) chaired a hearing that might prove the more historical moment of the week. With plenty of empty chairs and a parade of bipartisan senators throughout the two hours the hearing lasted, an expert, ideologically-diverse panel that included AARP President Rob Romasco, spoke without even …

Obama Eases Rules on Canceled Health Plans

Posted on 11/14/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsPresident Barack Obama will ease rules that were causing some people to lose their health insurance under the health care law, he announced Nov. 14. Obama had repeatedly promised that consumers who like their health insurance plans could keep them under the new system. But some people who buy their own insurance — as opposed to getting it through an employer — found their plans canceled by insurers in recent weeks because they didn’t meet the minimum standards the law …

AARP: Reject Harmful Cuts to Social Security and Medicare

Posted on 11/1/2013 by | AARP Executive Vice President | Comments

PoliticsAs the largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization representing the interests of Americans age 50 and older and their families, AARP urges the budget conference committee to reject harmful cuts to Social Security and Medicare benefits for the purpose of achieving deficit reduction or as a tradeoff for scheduled sequestration cuts or other government spending. While we agree that sequestration cuts will have a growing impact on critical discretionary programs and should be revisited, we remain steadfast in our commitment to protect …

Social Security Checks to Edge Up in 2014

Posted on 10/30/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsSocial Security benefits will increase by just 1.5 percent next year — about $19 a month for the average retiree. The increase is one of the smallest since automatic cost-of-living adjustments were adopted in 1975. It affects Social Security benefits for some 58 million Americans, as well as benefits for millions of disabled veterans, federal retirees and people who get Supplemental Security Income. >> Sign up for the AARP Money newsletter. “The COLA announced today is vital to millions, but at …