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Congressman Brindisi and Congresswoman Rice’s Wrong Stance on USMCA (NAFTA 2) Trade Agreement

A letter from 11 Democrats, including two from New York, expresses support for a drug patent provision in the NAFTA update that most of their caucus opposes. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had been wavering in recent weeks, repeatedly stating that her caucus was “on a path to y... Read more


WHAT WOULD REAL SOLUTIONS TO LOWER DRUG PRICES NOW LOOK LIKE?   The Lower Drug Prices Now coalition is fighting for transformative, bold reforms that will ensure everyone--no matter where they live, what they look like or what’s in their w... Read more

Trump-Backed Texas Lawsuit Would Devastate New Yorkers

President Trump is trying to rip away our health care by going to court to eliminate the Affordable Care Act in its entirety. If the Trump lawsuit is successful, it will strip coverage from millions of Americans, raise premiums, end protections for people with pre-existing condit... Read more

NYSARA President Testifies Before the NYS Public Service Commission on the Lifeline Program

  NYSARA President Barry Kaufmann testified before the NYS Public Service Commission on behalf of Wireless service carriers and the Lifeline program in New York State. Lifeline is a federal program created in 1985 to help low-income consumers afford telephone service. The... Read more

Results of the Campaign for New York Health Survey

Members of NYSARA participated in the health survey conducted by the CNYH.  CNYH completed 2,409 Healthcare Rights and Access Surveys with residents all over New York State. CNYH trained volunteers on how to implement the survey, and collected results in person, over the phone, ... Read more

Advance Care Directives in New York State

In New York State, the best way to ensure that your health care wishes are known and followed is to use Advance Directives. These are legal documents that will speak for you if you are unable to speak for yourself. A Health Care Proxy allows you to appoint someone to make dec... Read more

Long Island Chapter of NYSARA Spring Conference

Speakers: Adrian Espasito - noted conservation expert and Barry A. Kaufmann, President of the NYS Alliance for Retired Americans... Read more

NYS Alliance 2018 Annual Congressional Voting Record

On Thursday the national Alliance released its 2018 Congressional Voting Record scoring each U.S. Senator and Representative’s votes on critical retirement security issues. “Most politicians say they care about seniors on the campaign trail, but their Voting Record shows ... Read more

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About the Current Debate on Driving down the Cost of Prescription Drugs

  How much can government negotiations drive down the cost of prescription drugs for patients? In other countries where the government negotiates directly for prescription drugs, costs are significantly lower for the same drugs than in the United States--some drugs are... Read more