A SUMMARY OF THE 2013 ANNUAL REPORTS
Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees
Every year the Boards of Trustees of Medicare produce an annual report concerning the status and future of the Medicare and Social Security programs. Click on the link below to read a summary of these reports.
Link to Summary Report
Links to downloads of entire reports and information about the Boards of Trustees for Medicare
September 27, 2013
Concerned about the Health Care Exchange in Indiana?
Nancy Griffin, United Senior Action Vice President, is interviewed and has some clear answers for you. Watch this Norm Cox story on the Indy Channel to hear about who will need to sign up for the health care exchanges beginning October 1.
Click here to link to the story.
Medicare reform: The seniors’ perspective
As policymakers debate the future of Medicare, the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO)—a coalition of 68 prominent national aging advocacy organizations—has released a compilation of fact sheets about the reform proposals.
Read the LCOA compilation.
April 9, 2013
Home Care is Best Value
Read this article from U.S. New & World Report Money Section highlighting Genworth Financial's 10th Annual Cost of Care Survey: .Long-Term Care Costs Favor Home-Based Treatment
A Chained CPI slowly but surely leads to deeper poverty for those who depend on it: it doesn't work for seniors!
Social Security was established to keep older Americans out of poverty as they aged. Although it was never intended to be the sole source of income, it has become just that for about one in five people (21%) aged 65 and older. Social Security keeps 20 million Americans out of poverty, including nearly 14 million seniors and 1 million children.
President Obama submitted a budget proposal to Congress that may change how the annual Cost of Living Adjustment or COLA will be calculated for Social Security benefits. He is willing to consider linking COLA to a chained CPI.
United Senior Action urges Congress not to adopt a chained CPI.
Click here to learn about COLA, CPI and the chained CPI and to link to what the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, The Leadership Council on Aging and the Consortium of Citizens with Disabilities are saying about the using a chained CPI.
Federal Budget Bills adopted by the House and Senate are Starkly Different
In late March, the House and the Senate released and voted on their respective budget resolutions for fiscal year (FY) 2014, in addition to passing a Continuing Resolution to fund the government to the end of FY 2013. The Alliance for Retired American produced a chart that highlights the stark differences between the two budgets, specifically on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Click here to view the comparison chart.
The Medicare Reform Debate
According to the 2012 Medicare Trustees Report: “Over long historical periods, average, demographically adjusted, per capita growth rates for common benefits have historically been somewhat lower for Medicare than for private health insurance.”
Read the statement of Howard Bedin, NCOA Vice President for Public Policy and Advocacy, on the 2012 Medicare Trustees Report:
" 5 Key Facts Must Inform the Medicare Reform Debate"