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NYSARA Postpones Biennial Election Convention Until June 17, 2020

  New York's Public Health Emergency around the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation suggests seniors especially follow the recommendations guard against infection outlined below. On Sunday the CDC made a reccomendation that there should be no gatherings of more t... Read more

Who Benefits From Medicare? In Some Way, Just About Everyone.

Medicare is often at the forefront of national discourse.  However, much of the discussion tends to ignore young Americans under the assumption that they are not affected by, or do not care about Medicare's  future and the impact of Medicare in their communities. The data sug... Read more

Suit Challenging ACA Legally Suspect, But Threatens Loss of Coverage for Millions

A three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals will soon announce a decision in Texas v. United States, the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The appeals court heard oral arguments in July 2019, after a district court ruled ... Read more

Sneak Attack on Medicare – Be Wary of Medicare Advantage

On October 6, 2019 the President issued an executive order that appeared to be an attack on Medicare for All but when the details of this executive order are looked at it is really an attack on our current Medicare system.  This is a continuation of longstanding efforts on beh... Read more

NYSARA Zoom General Membership Meeting

For application to attend click here Jeff Behler, Regional Director New York Region of the US Census Bureau will speak on the progress of the 2020 Census. Questions pertaining to Senior Issues (COVID 19, stimulus and seniors, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid pensions ... Read more

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