Exorbitant cost of Alzheimer’s drug leads to hike in Medicare premiums

The Alliance for Retired Americans Executive Director Richard Fiesta joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss how the exorbitant cost of Aduhelm, a prescription drug for Alzheimers, has led to a hike in Medicare premiums. Continue reading

Telehealth appointments are not a viable healthcare option for many seniors

The Alliance for Retired Americans Executive Director Richard Fiesta joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the trend to prioritize telehealth in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and why this solution is not always accessible for senior citizens. Continue reading

Biden’s Build Back Better Agenda could benefit nursing homes

Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss how the budget reconciliation bill may benefit nursing home workers and help mitigate the industry’s current labor shortage. Continue reading

Social Security recipients see biggest raise in nearly 40 years

As costs rise due to inflation, millions of Social Security recipients will get a 5.9 percent raise in benefits for 2022 — the highest cost of living adjustment in decades.

Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the raise and what it will mean for retired workers.

He also spoke about provisions in the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill that would allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices and why the Democrats may amend the filibuster rule to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. Continue reading

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