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Seniors Beware of Balance Billing

A few weeks ago, I decided to take advantage of some of the preventive care allowed under Medicare because of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacares).

During my initial visit, the Doctor recommended I have a colonoscopy and talked me into it. Here's what Medicare covers:

"Screening Colonoscopy: Generally once every 120 months (once every 24 months if you're at high risk), or 48 months after a previous flexible sigmoidoscopy."

I went to the specialist and took the necessary preparations, reported to the hospital, and underwent the procedure.

About a week later, I received a bill from the anasthesiologist for $810 which I certainly didn't expect. I phoned my Doctor and said that I had expected Medicare to cover this procedure because of the Affordable Care Act. She said she would look into it and call me back. She did call back in a couple hours and told me all had been taken care of. I asked her why this happened and she said that the hospital evidently forgot …

Alliance for Retired Americans Friday Alert 7-27-12

President Obama Woos Older Voters in Florida
In a recent campaign speech to a seniors audience in West Palm Beach, President Barack Obama laid out his platform for older Americans, pointing out the clear differences between his vision for the country and Mitt Romney’s. “You should retire with dignity and respect, and you should be able to provide your children, and hopefully your grandchildren, with opportunities that you might not even have imagined that they’re going to do even better than you did,” said Obama.  Alliance activists Bill Cea, Mark and Martha Boston, and Frank Angel attended the event.

New Senate Report on “Retirement Crisis”
Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today released a new report noting that, “for most of the middle class, the dream of a secure retirement is slipping out of reach.”  Harkin, chair of the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, said what he terms a “retirement crisis” is rooted in the breakdown of private pensions, personal savings, and So…

Vote Joe Donnelly for Hoosier Jobs

A Great Day For All Americans

The Supreme Court ruling on June 28, 2012, upholding the Affordable Care Act, was a great day for all Americans. Because of this ruling, millions of Americans who have pre-existing conditions can no longer be rejected by insurance companies, families with children under 26 can keep their children on their health insurance policies and women can no longer be charged far higher premiums than men.

Because of this decision, 30 million uninsured Americans will have access to healthcare. Seniors will continue to see their prescription drug costs go down and the so-called doughnut hole disappear. This ruling is good for small businesses who simply cannot continue to afford the escalating costs of providing insurance for their employees and millions of Americans will be able to find access to quality health care through community health centers.

The Affordable Care Act is an important step in the right direction and I am glad that the Supreme Court upheld it. We cannot afford to go backwards, …

It's Time To Move On

The Supreme Court recently upheld the Affordable Care Act, but the Republican led Congress once again went through the charade of voting to appeal it, knowing all along that it would never get to a vote in the Senate.  The Affordable Care Act is the law of the land and it is time to move on.

It’s unbelievable to me that Congress can find the time for sham votes and lousy theater, yet they are unable to vote on a jobs bill that would put America back to work. Give me break!

This Congress is more concerned about making our President look bad then they are about the welfare of their fellow Americans. It is time for Congress to quit playing games and to get to work. There is much to do and we cannot wait until November to get it done.

The economy is starting to rebound and we need to keep it going in the right direction.  Congress needs to pass the President’s job bill to put more of our citizens back to work.  They need to address the problem of currency manipulation by China to leve…

Alliance for Retired Americans Friday Alert 7-20-12

Biden Reaffirms Administration Commitment to Retirees
On Monday, Vice President Joe Biden called out GOP leaders for having “different values” when it comes to critical issues such as Social Security, health care, and Medicare at the White House Community Leaders briefing on senior issues.  Biden pointed to Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and the Republican House Budget, saying that the GOP would sacrifice the interests and well-being of seniors for the sake of tax cuts.  Missouri Alliance Organizer Judith Parker joined fellow Alliance members at the White House and also spoke, giving examples of the Obama administration’s record of support for seniors. For a photo from the event, go to

“We stand with the Vice President and Judith against the GOP assault on retirees, which embraces privatizing Medicare and cutting Social Security benefits,” said Edward F. Coyle, Executive Director of the Alliance.

Let’s not be the Last Generation to Retire Campaign Heats up as Temperatures Ri…

The Scoop on Romney

Great Harm Done To Hoosiers

Indiana Home Care Task Force
One North Capitol Avenue,
Suite 1025 Indianapolis, IN 46204 F

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 and Thursday, July 19, 2012
Contact: John Cardwell, 317.441.3812 or 317.841.9672


(Indianapolis) Today, the Indiana Home Care Task Force responded to the ruling by Judge David Dreyer in favor of IBM in that company’s legal battle vs. the Daniels administration and the Indiana Family and Social Services (FSSA) over the failed privatization of the state’s welfare system. Judge Dreyer ruled the state owes IBM $12.5 million for equipment and contract termination payments. Judge Dreyer had earlier ruled the state owes IBM $40 million for subcontractor fees. The state received nothing in the judge’s ruling. The state had been seeking $150 million in damages.

One of the earliest opponents to welfare privatization was the Indian…

Lynn R. Williams Speaks to Steelworkers

MIke Pence Speaks With Forked Tongue


For Immediate Release: Monday July 16, 2012
Media Contact: Jeff Harris, Indiana State AFL-CIO, 317.632.9147

Pence votes to block consideration of bill to end tax breaks for off shoring jobs

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana AFL-CIO President Nancy Guyott issued the following statement in reaction to a procedural vote Congressman Mike Pence cast last week that blocked consideration of the Bring Jobs Home Act.

The legislation sought to eliminate tax loopholes that reward American corporations that ship jobs overseas, replacing them with incentives for U.S. companies that move jobs and business operations to America from another country.

Last Tuesday, Pence voted on a motion (H.R. 5542) that shut off debate and prevented an amendment from being offered that would have called for a vote on the Bring Jobs Home Act. Instead Pence supported a measure to take another irrelevant vote on repealing the Affordable Care Act, the 33rd such vote.

“When it c…

Alliance for Retired Americans Friday Alert 7-13-2012

Legislators, Alliance Members Rebuke Those Voting to Repeal Health Care Reform
On Wednesday, supporters of President Obama’s health care law and the Democratic leadership from the House of Representatives gathered at the Capitol building for a press conference to hold the Republicans accountable for voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Alliance Regional Board Member and retired social studies teacher Bill Cea spoke on behalf of the Alliance, saying of the Affordable Care Act, “Not only is this good for your health, but it is also good public policy.”

The press conference was organized by the Democratic House leadership: Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA), Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) and Assistant Leader James Clyburn (SC). The three legislators had strong words for their Republican colleagues, who voted to repeal the ACA, 244-185. Five Democrats joined the full Republican caucus in voting in favor of repeal; no GOP lawmakers crossed the aisle. For a complete tally of the vote, go to http://1…

Alliance Standing up for the ACA

How the Health Care Law is Making a Difference for the People of Indiana

How the Health Care Law is Making a Difference for the People of Indiana
For too long, too many hardworking Americans paid the price for policies that handed free rein to insurance companies and put barriers between patients and their doctors. The Affordable Care Act gives hardworking families in Indiana the security they deserve. The new health care law forces insurance companies to play by the rules, prohibiting them from dropping your coverage if you get sick, billing you into bankruptcy because of an annual or lifetime limit, or, soon, discriminating against anyone with a pre-existing condition.

All Americans will have the security of knowing that they don’t have to worry about losing coverage if they’re laid off or change jobs.  And insurance companies now have to cover your preventive care like mammograms and other cancer screenings.  The new law also makes a significant investment in State and community-based efforts that promote public health, prevent disease and protect agai…

What A President Believes, Matters.

Alliance for Retired Americans Friday Alert 7-6-12

House Prepares for July 11 Vote to Repeal New Medicare Benefits for Seniors
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is preparing for a July 11 vote to repeal the entire Affordable Care Act, including new Medicare benefits that are helping millions of seniors better afford to see a doctor and fill a prescription.  “If the court does not strike down the entire law, the House will move to repeal what’s left of it,” Boehner vowed on the day before the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the law.  Appearing on Fox News over the weekend, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said that providing health coverage to the 30 million Americans who would obtain it under the law is “not the issue,” and instead advocated replacing the law with a more incremental approach.  “Before the July 11 repeal vote, retirees need to urge their Representative to stand up for the needs of area seniors,” said Alliance Executive Director Edward J. Coyle.

Alliance Members Take to the Streets, A…

USW Backs Obama's Challenge

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                          CONTACT:
July 5, 2012                                                                             Wayne Ranick 412-562-2444
Gary Hubbard 202-778-4384

USW Backs Obama’s Challenge to China’s Trade Action

This statement was released today by United Steelworkers (USW) International President Leo W. Gerard

(Pittsburgh) --  “Today President Obama proved once again how important enforcing our trade laws is to job creation in America.   He’s taking China to task for the import duties they have slapped on U.S.-made vehicles. Despite the fact that China has virtually unfettered access to our market, they constantly block access to their market for our competitive products.

“Last year, Chinese consumers purchased roughly 18 million vehicles. But they allowed only 106,000 vehicles made by U.S. workers into their market.  Obviously, for the Chinese, even that was too many.  They are flooding our market with au…

Grandmother Praises "Obamacare"

Alliance for Retired Americans Friday Alert 6-29-12

Supreme Court Ruling a Victory for Both Current and Future Retirees
On Thursday, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. joined the liberal wing of the Supreme Court to save the heart of President Obama’s landmark health care law, agreeing that the requirement for nearly all Americans to secure health insurance is permissible under Congress’s taxing authority.

The court modified another key provision of the law, however, ruling that the federal government cannot withdraw existing Medicaid funding from states that decide not to participate in a broad expansion of Medicaid eligibility.

“Today is an historic day for Americans of all ages, an affirmation of a law that helps children, workers, and retirees obtain affordable health care,” said Edward F. Coyle, Executive Director of the Alliance. “Americans can now live more secure, knowing that their health and well-being are no longer tied to the whims and greed of the big insurance companies.”

Coyle continued, “The law has helped millions of senior…