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Transportation to Medical and Other Appointments in New York State

One of the areas of concern and need for the 850 seniors that took the NYSARA/NYSOFA Survey was the dilemma of not being able to find transportation to medical or other appointments.  That help is available through many county office's for the aging.  If you read below yo... Read more

NYSARA and the NYS Office for the Aging Survey on Services for Seniors 870 Surveys Now Completed

We asked you last week to take part in a survey on services for Seniors in New York.  Thus far 870 people have taken part in the survey.  For those of you that have NOT taken the survey we ask that you log on to and take the survey. New York State is embarking upon... Read more

New York’s State of the State Address 2023

  On Tuesday, January 10, 2023 New York Governor Kathy Hochul addressed the NYS Legislature and the people of New York State in the annual State of the State Address. Governor Hochul in her speech to the audience of legislators, state leaders, and press gathered in t... Read more

Pension Spending During Covid Pandemic Provided $1.3 Trillion to the Economy

  Retirees who spent their public and private sector pension benefits in 2020 generated $1.3 trillion in total economic output, supporting nearly 6.8 million jobs across the nation, according to a report released Wednesday by the National Institute on Retirement Secu... Read more

New York Governor Hochul Signs Executive Order to Create New York’s First-Ever Master Plan for Aging

  Governor Kathy Hochul signed an executive order to create the state's first-ever Master Plan for Aging to ensure older New Yorkers can live healthy, fulfilling lives while aging with dignity and independence. Signed on Older New Yorkers' Day, the Executive Order dir... Read more

Prescription Drug Insurance & Discount Programs for Seniors in New York State

  Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) EPIC Helpline: 800-332-3742 (TTY 800-290-9138) EPIC is a NYS program for older adults 65 and above who need help paying for prescription medications. EPIC provides sec... Read more

Legislative Accomplishments During the 117th Congress that Benefit Older Americans

Lowering Medicare Prescription Drug Prices, Investing in Clean Energy and Reducing Inflation:   On August 16, 2022, President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law. Monumental in nature and of tremendous consequence for older Americans, the Inflatio... Read more

Endorsements in New York State ARA and the NYS AFL-CIO Make Endorsements

The Alliance for Retired Americans has endorsed the following people for Congress in the upcoming 2022 Midterm elections. For Senate: Chuck Schumer (D) * For Congress: Congressional District #6 - Grace Meng (D) * Congressional District #7 - Nydia Velazquez (D... Read more

Senate Democrats Working to Pass Legislation to Lower Drug Prices in July

The Washington Post and other media outlets reported Thursday that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (NY) and Senator Joe Manchin (WV) have been negotiating a plan to lower drug prices, including requiring Medicare to negotiate lower prices dire... Read more