Poll: More Americans want Medicare drug price negotiations

In 2020, prescription drug prices increased at twice the inflation rate of the U.S. economy, according to a recent AARP report. On average, older Americans take 4.7 prescription drugs every month.

Much of the escalating cost is due to a law that created Medicare Part D, passed during the George W. Bush administration. It includes the non-interference clause that prevents the Secretary of Health and Human Services from negotiating the prices of drugs paid by Medicare recipients.

Rich Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss a recent ARA poll and why lower prices for Medicare drugs would benefit all Americans. Continue reading

As drug prices rise, the Biden administration seeks solutions

Rising drug prices are a common worry for some Americans, but for the millions of senior citizens who need medication, the increasing costs of prescription drugs can be devastating.

Alliance for Retired Americans Executive Director Rich Fiesta hypothesized a few reasons for the increase in drug prices on the AWF Union Podcast, and explained what is being done to lower those prices. Fiesta also gave an update on the Social Security Administration. Continue reading

Increase in retirement causes short and long term impact on the economy, Social Security

The COVID-19 pandemic threw plenty of curveballs at the economy and the American population. While many people lost their jobs, others willingly retired early.

Alliance for Retired Americans Executive Director Rich Fiesta discussed the issues that may be created by mass amounts of early retirement. He also discussed Social Security, and how the pandemic will affect the economy long term and more. Continue reading

Florida passes restrictive voting law, retired Americans push back

America’s senior citizens face many hardships due to physical shortcomings. While some things like standing in line to vote are okay for the younger population, older Americans may struggle.

Alliance for Retired Americans Executive Director Rich Fiesta discussed the issues with the voting laws being passed by some states, what the alliance is doing to combat these laws and how the federal government is attempting to circumvent these laws. Continue reading

Infrastructure to include funding to help retired Americans

Retired Americans have a lot to gain from President Biden and are now excited about his infrastructure plan, which includes funding for services vital to their wellbeing.

On the frontlines of securing a better future for American retirees is Rich Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans. He joined AWF Union Podcast to explain how the potential infrastructure plan will aid retired Americans and more. Continue reading

COVID-19 relief bill funds pensions for decades to come

Retired Americans and those soon to retire breathed a sigh of relief after the passage of the most recent COVID-19 relief bill, which includes stimulus checks and solutions for other problems older Americans face.

Alliance for Retired Americans Executive Director Rich Fiesta joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to analyze the new COVID-19 relief bill and the PRO Act and the uphill battle it faces in the Senate. Continue reading

Butch Lewis Act gains traction under new Democratic Congressional majority

Retired Americans are constantly under attack from politicians. New ideas are constantly thrown around to cut or eliminate social security and Medicare, while pensions also come under attack.

Standing up for the retired is Rich Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans. Fiesta joined AWF Union Podcast to discuss new legislation targeted at social security and Medicare and the Butch Lewis Act. Continue reading

Retired Americans call for protection of benefits in the coming years

Retired Americans are looking forward to having their benefits be protected, thanks to the election of Joe Biden and the Democratic wins in the Georgia U.S. Senate runoff elections.

Alliance for Retired Americans Executive Director Rich Fiesta joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss what the Alliance is looking forward to in the coming years and what they did to help elect the two Democratic U.S. Senate candidates in Georgia. Continue reading

First round of COVID-19 vaccine rolled out to elderly and at-risk

With the COVID-19 vaccine being distributed to hospitals throughout the U.S., senior citizens can start to see the end of the tunnel as they will be among the first to be vaccinated.

Alliance for Retired Americans (ARA) Executive Director Rich Fiesta joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to explain how the vaccine will be rolled out, the Biden-Harris transition and the upcoming Senate elections in Georgia. Continue reading

Senior citizens turned out in swing states for President-elect Biden

There was a lot at stake for America’s senior citizens in this year’s presidential election.

Alliance for Retired Americans (ARA) Executive Director Rich Fiesta analyzed the recent election, discussed why America’s seniors voted the way they did and more on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading