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Join Us on Friday, May 17th
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Hmong Cultural & Community Center
WI ARA is jointly sponsoring this Town Hall Meeting to discuss the proposed changes in Social Security & Medicare. Please share this information with your friends & neighbors.
Billy Feitlinger, Executive Director
WISCONSIN ALLIANCE FOR RETIRED AMERICANS
Affordable Care Act Delivers Cheaper Prescription Drugs
Affordable Care Act Delivers Cheaper Prescription Drugs to Nearly 500,000 People in Country who Fall into the Donut Hole and Average Savings is $545.00
Thanks to the Affordable Health Care Act passed in March, 2010, nearly 500,000 people with Medicare Part D reached the gap in coverage known as the ‘donut hole’ have received an automatic 50 percent discount on their covered brand name prescription drugs. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted data today that shows 478, 272 Medicare Beneficiaries have benefitted from the 50% discount in the first 5 months of 2011. These beneficiaries saved a total of about $260 million, or an average of $545.00 per beneficiary. In Wisconsin, over 8000 people have benefitted from the discount.
Leon Burzynski, President WIARA, said, “The number of seniors benefiting from this discount continues to grow. In the month of May alone, the total number of beneficiaries who received the discount rose by over 76%, while the dollar amount of savings rose by over 56%.
Wisconsin Alliance for Retired Americans, representing over 103,000 Wisconsin retirees, provides public education and advocacy on state and federal issues and programs. The WIARA is dedicated to the economic and health security of current and future retirees.
Most of these discounts are helping Americans with serious conditions-nearly 14% of the benefits provided to date are for cancer drugs, another 8% for medications to help control high blood pressure and cholesterol, and another 7% for drugs provided to diabetic patients.
“Without the Affordable Health Care Act, many seniors and people with disabilities would pay about twice as much for their prescription drugs in the donut hole, remarked President Burzynski. If Congressman Paul Ryan’s Medicare proposal had passed, Medicare beneficiaries would not have received this discount and many other health care benefits.
June 17, 2011
For Immediate Release
Retiree Leader: AARP Does Not Speak for
Leon Burzynski, president of the Wisconsin Alliance for Retired Americans (WIARA), responded to the story in the Wall Street Journal today , which states that AARP supports cutting Social Security benefits. "It is apparent that AARP is not representing the interests of their Wisconsin members on this issue. AARP members will decide for themselves how they feel about this, but one thing is clear: AARP does not speak for all Wisconsin seniors."
Burzynski added, “There is no ambiguity on where the WIARA stands on Social Security – there never has been and never will be. We are against Social Security benefit cuts, including raising the retirement age, and we will fight against them at every turn." In fact, the American people are united in their opposition to slashing Social Security benefits – across all ages and political beliefs. The current economic recession is all the proof we need that Social Security is the only safety net that keeps millions of seniors in their homes and food on their tables.
The WIARA has heard the argument that when the Baby Boomers retire, they will break the bank. Those voices of doom are wrong. The Social Security Trust Fund has a $2.6 trillion surplus and, thanks to the direct contributions of workers and their employers, we do not need to cut benefits. There are measures that would address the long-term demands the Trust Fund will face, including raising the payroll tax on the wealthiest Americans, and eliminating the payroll tax cap.
“The WIARA will always stand up for seniors and the middle class. We are working to strengthen and protect Social Security for today’s seniors and future generations by rejecting cuts.”
Leon Burzynski, President,
Wisconsin Alliance for Retired Americans
WIARA 5th BIENNIAL CONVENTION
MONDAY, MARCH 18, 2013
You are cordially invited to attend the Wisconsin Alliance 5th Biennial Convention. The convention will convene in Madison, WI, at the Concourse Hotel, 1 West Dayton Street, at 9:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m.. on March 18, 2013. To REGISTER, CLICK HERE FOR THE REGISTRATION FORM, complete it and mail with your check to our office by March 11, 2013. The mailing address is: 6333 W. Bluemound Road, Milwaukee, WI 53213. For more information, please call us 414-771-9511 or email us at email@example.com.
REGISTRATION FEE: $50
Includes parking, continental breakfast, lunch and all materials.
REGISTRATION AND CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST WILL START AT 8:00 A.M.
The agenda for the convention will include the election of Officers and Board Members, changes to the WIARA Constitution & By-Laws, Exhibits and our Silent Auction. National ARA President, Barbara Easterling, will welcome delegates and address key legislative issues. Invited guest speakers include U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders. Other guest speakers will discuss:
Cuts Congress is Considering to Social Security & Medicare to Address the Federal Deficit;
Future of the WI Retirement System
The Affordable Health Care Act
WI State Budget Deliberations.
For more information, please contact WIARA at 414-771-9511 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Happy 47th anniversary, Medicare,” said Leon Burzynski, President of the Wisconsin Alliance for Retired Americans. “Today we celebrate this great program that has kept millions of seniors healthy since 1965. Under Obamacare, Medicare has gotten even better with free preventive care and discounts for those that hit the prescription drug donut hole. We need to preserve Medicare rather than turning it into a voucher program.”
“The U.S. House shamefully voted to take away Medicare benefits that are helping seniors in Wisconsin better afford to see a doctor and fill a prescription.
“Wisconsin retirees are upset that, in voting for repeal, Reps Duffy, Petri, Ribble, Ryan, and Sensenbrenner chose ideology and partisan politics over seniors’ basic needs. We are pleased that Reps Baldwin, Kind, and Moore stood up against the powerful special interests in support of a law that is helping workers and retirees across our state.
Senior Power Lunch
Monday, October 8, 2012
11:00a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Lunch at 11:45a.m.
Wyndham Hotel Airport
4747 S. Howell Avenue
Please join us as we honor those individuals who have made significant contributions to the quality of life of Wisconsin's seniors.
Our message this year is "Respect and Protect Retirement Security". Social Security, Medicare and pensions such as the WI Retirement System, are the pillars retirement is built on. Protecting and helping Wisconsin's poor and most vulnerable is a principle we stand on. Join us. Stand beside us. Walk with us on our journey to teach respect to those who seek to destroy our foundation. Work with us to protect those who need our help.
Join Jesse Jackson and Congresswoman Gwen Moore
STAND UP and FIGHT BACK
Saturday, May 26, 2012
10:00 a.m. Rally
Martin Luther King, Jr. Statue
1600 block of Dr. MLK Drive
Join us as we MARCH to vote early at Zeidler Municipal Building
841 N Broadway St
Seniors in Wisconsin have good reasons to be gravely concerned about the upcoming recall election. For example, this election will affect:
- SENIOR CARE Rx DRUG PROGRAM
- FAMILY CARE
- VOTER IDENTIFICATION
Click below to read more about how these issues will affect you!
Speak Out for a Wisconsin that
WORKS for ALL OF US!
Recall candidates must declare whose side they are on:
The richest 1% or the 99% of the rest of us.
SPEAK OUT for making the richest 1% pay their fair share so we can reFUND education and health care.
SPEAK UP for investing in good jobs so we can put Wisconsin back to work.
SPEAK OUT for restoring worker's rights.
ATTEND A TOWN HALL MEETING NEAR YOU!
“The House GOP budget proposal unveiled today lays bare the party’s true colors. The plan would cut health care for senior citizens in order to pay for more tax breaks for big corporations and for the wealthiest Americans. It is unconscionable to take from those with the least – seniors trying to afford to see a doctor and fill a prescription – in order to give to those who already have the most.
“The callously cold details of the Ryan budget are hidden behind Washington jargon of ‘premium support.’ But the painful reality is that seniors would be given inadequate vouchers to either buy health coverage in the costly, unfair private insurance market, or purchase coverage from a Medicare program that would be badly weakened by the exodus of younger, healthier retirees. Moreover, the budget plan would turn Medicaid over to cash-strapped states, jeopardizing a program that is the only way over 70 percent of seniors can afford long-term or nursing home care.
“Medicare is a lifeline for the American middle class. It is one of our nation’s greatest success stories, rooted in shared American values of hard work and sound planning. For decades, a worker sets aside a small portion of each paycheck to Medicare for the peace of mind of quality, affordable health care in retirement. Under the Ryan budget, Medicare would be little more than an empty promise. The Ryan budget would badly weaken Medicare and badly weaken the middle class.
“The Alliance for Retired Americans, a four-million member grassroots advocacy organization, will be educating and mobilizing seniors across the country about how this cold, irresponsible budget threatens the well-being of current and future retirees.”
The Alliance for Retired Americans is a national organization that advocates for the rights and well being of over 4 million retirees and their families.
On Monday, March 19, 2012 we will celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the free preventative care now available under Medicare. In addition to free preventative care, we will celebrate the discounts on drugs seniors received to lessen the impact of the "donut hole".
Please join us for cake and coffee at one of the events listed below.