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New Health Reform Law Extends Election Period to Change Part D Plan

The new health reform law changes and extends the annual enrollment period for Medicare Part D plans.  Anyone interested in switching plans should keep in mind the new enrollment period is now October 15 - December 7. Note that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (... Read more

Health Care Reform: What’s in it for Seniors

The Senate-passed health care reform bill dramatically cleared the House on a 219-212 vote Sunday night, and President Obama signed it into law on Tuesday.  Please see the Alliance's Special Edition Friday Alert of March 23 at for more details of the related... Read more

$250 Payment to Social Security Recipients Voted Down By Senate

  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) lost a bid on Wednesday to boost the income of millions of Social Security recipients and offset the elimination of the Social Security Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for 2010.  His amendment calling for $13 billion to fund a one-time, $250 p... Read more

Response to President’s Health Care Plan and Summit: Three Things You Can Do

In order to bridge the differences between the U.S. House and Senate-passed health care bills - and continue to move reform forward - President Obama unveiled his Administration's own health plan on Monday.  The plan contains several major steps toward improving the well-being... Read more

President Establishes Debt Commission to Look at Social Security and Medicare

Yesterday, President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order establishing a commission to tackle the federal debt.  The commission's purpose is to reduce the federal budget deficit from 10% to 3% by 2015 and to propose ways to contain costs related to Medicare, Medicaid and Socia... Read more

President’s Budget Includes $250 Stimulus Payment for Social Security Recipients

President Obama's Fiscal Year 2011 budget proposes a $250 payment to Social Security recipients.  The relief would come at a time when Social Security beneficiaries will not be receiving a normal cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) because of a formula that forbids adjustments dur... Read more

President Obama Delivers State of the Union Address

During his State of the Union address on Wednesday, President Obama vocalized the critical need for a reduction in the federal deficit.  Alliance Executive Director Edward Coyle agreed with the sentiment but cautioned, "We cannot balance the budget on the backs of America's sen... Read more