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NEW YORK STATE ALLIANCE FOR RETIRED AMERICANS
Stephen Muscarella, President
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Union Retiree News From The Alliance For Retired Americans: Number Of Uninsured Americans Over 55 Drops To Lowest Point Ever

Also: Tell Congress To Stop Garnishing Social Security To Pay Student Debts; Ben Carson Says Seniors Need To “Voluntarily Opt-Out” Of Social Security; & Ohio Alliance Joins Forces With Progressive Nuns Ahead Of Papal Visit

Published Monday, September 21, 2015
by Alliance For Retired Americans

Number Of Uninsured Americans Over 55 Drops To Lowest Point Ever

New data released by the Census Bureau last week showed 8.8 million fewer people are uninsured compared to last year. The percentage of people over 55 who are uninsured has dropped to less than 10%, its lowest point in history. The data, which comes from the Census’s annual Current Population Survey, is the first to be released since full implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). As a result of President Obama’s signature Health Care Law, millions of Americans have been able to sign up for Private Health Insurance and dozens of States have expanded Medicaid for their residents. “These results show that the Affordable Care Act is ‘working’ for millions of people,” Alliance For Retired Americans President Barbara Easterling said. “The Alliance will continue to support efforts to expand Medicaid in the States that have not accepted the Federal Funds that are available to them.”

 

Tell Congress To Stop Garnishing Social Security To Pay Student Debts

Currently, more than 160,000 Social Security Beneficiaries are having their Monthly Benefits garnished to pay outstanding Student Debts. This comes at a time when Student Debt has quadrupled since 2003 and America is facing a $7.7 trillion Retiree Savings Gap. The garnishment of Social Security Benefits to pay debts used to be illegal. However, in 1996, Congress passed a law that stripped those protections from people who owed debts to the Federal government – and 86% of Student Debts are government-owned. Thankfully, the Administration can stop the garnishing of Social Security checks and an Act of Congress isn’t needed to do itJoin us in telling President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan to declare a moratorium on garnishing earned benefits. “It’s ‘absolutely ridiculous’ the government is ‘dipping its hands’ into the benefits of so many people,” Alliance Secretary-Treasurer Ruben Burks said. “By ‘expanding’ earned Social Security benefits ‘rather than garnishing them,’ we’ll ‘make sure’ the program ‘remains strong’ for Retirees and recent College Graduates alike.”

 

Ben Carson Says Seniors Need To “Voluntarily Opt-Out” Of Social Security 

Last week, Republican Presidential Candidate Ben Carson suggested some Senior Citizens should “opt-out” of Social Security as a way to keep the program solvent. “I would love for people to voluntarily opt-out of it,” he said in an interview with CNN. “Dr. Carson offers some ‘pretty bad advice’ on Social Security financing,” Alliance Executive Director Richard Fiesta said. “We all know that making ‘everyone pay their fair share’ is the ‘best solution’ for keeping the Social Security system strong. ‘Shrinking it’ is the ‘exact opposite’ of the expansion we need.”

 

Ohio Alliance Joins Forces With Progressive Nuns Ahead Of Papal Visit    

The Cincinnati Enquirer has published an op-ed by Ohio Alliance Educational Fund President Norm Wernet and Sister Simone Campbell of Nuns on the Bus, a group of Catholic Nuns committed to advancing social progress. The Nuns’ Bus will stop in Cincinnati as part of their cross-country trip to Washington. The Sisters hope to arrive in the Nation’s Capital in time for the Pope’s visit next week. In keeping with the spirit of this year’s theme: Bridge Divides, Transform Politics, the Nuns plan to meet with ordinary people of all faiths to discuss policies that foster economic justice. Among their priorities: Reverse Federal Budget Cuts that have done damage to vulnerable communities and push for policies that keep people from being pushed into poverty.

 

 

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