Tell Washington Not to Cut Social Security for Current Recipients

Posted on 12/19/2012 by |Grassroots Advocacy | Comments

PoliticsPresident Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner are deep into negotiations on a fiscal cliff deal — and unfortunately, the hard-earned Social Security benefits of current retirees, veterans and workers with disabilities are on the table. The chained CPI proposal is positioned as a ‘slight tweak’ to the Social Security cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA). The problem is that for people who have paid into Social Security for decades, many of whom are barely scraping by with an average monthly income of under $1,300, …

A Look Back – and Thank You

Posted on 12/29/2011 by |Grassroots Advocacy | Comments

PoliticsAs the year winds down, we find ourselves pondering what really mattered in the last 365 days.  For us, the answer is easy – you.  Your petitions, phone calls, and emails to legislators made it possible for us to accomplish so much to improve the lives of older Americans in this country – and for that we are most grateful.

The Takeaway: COLA Increase Likely; Avoiding ‘Government Shutdown’ For Good

Posted on 10/4/2011 by |Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayAfter two years with no increase in Social Security cost-of-living allowances (COLA), benefits are expected to rise as much as 3.5 percent in 2012 … For the 14th year in a row, Congress missed the deadline for passing a budget bill for the upcoming fiscal year (is there a better way?).

The Takeaway: Cigarette Labels; COLA; Emergency HUD Loans

Posted on 06/22/2011 by |The Takeaway | Comments

Bulletin TodayWill the new cigarette labels stop you from smoking? The federal government unveiled nine graphic images that appear on all cigarette packs and ads as part of a powerful new warning strategy. What do you think? Are the new labels more “fear factor” than effective? Something else to consider: Smoking linked to more aggressive prostate cancer.

Official COLA Statement Made Yesterday…

Posted on 10/16/2009 by |Archived Contributor | Comments

Money & SavingsThe big news around AARP this Friday is all about the announcement that for the first time since 1975, people who rely on Social Security will not receive a cost of living adjustment, because consumer prices have remained stagnant in this economic climate. The Washington Post covers the story here – and AARP is mentioned in the article, too. AARP released a statement on Wednesday contending that the government should provide emergency relief to older Americans by way of a …

No COLA, Higher Medicare Premiums and What Congress is Doing About It

Posted on 10/8/2009 by |General News | Comments

Personal HealthMartha Hamilton has a piece up at AARP Bulletin about the dilemma that millions of Social Security recipients are facing for 2010: not only will there be no Social Security cost-of-living adjustments, but a hike in Medicare premiums that will leave them in a serious financial bind. The good news is that Congress is taking action. Tricia Neuman and Juliette Cubanski of the Kaiser Foundation also have a really useful brief on the issue, explaining the relationship between the Social …