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President’s Forum 137 – Social Security and Medicare Trustees Reports 2022

Social Security and Medicare Trustees Reports 2022

The Trustees for Social Security and Medicare issued their annual reports on Thursday, June 2, 2022. Social Security has 66 million beneficiaries and Medicare covers nearly 64 million people in 2022. Key information in the reports for current and future retirees included:

Social Security:

The Old-Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI) Trust Fund, which pays retirement and survivors benefits, will be able to pay scheduled benefits on a timely basis until 2034, one year later than reported last year. At that time, the fund’s reserves will become depleted and continuing tax income will only be sufficient to pay 77% of scheduled benefits.

Bill Kadereit
National Retiree Legislative Network

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The NRLN has produced Video/Podcast Series 2, Episode 3 for 2022 – Congress Must Take Action to Reduce the Price of Prescription Drugs. In this episode, Ed Beltram, NRLN VP-Communications, and I address the high cost of prescription drugs, how an Rx discount card provides savings, NRLN lobbying efforts to reduce drug prices, and House and Senate bills we support.

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Formation of Delphi Retirees Chapter - NRLN

The NRLN Welcomes the Delphi Retirees Chapter
The Delphi Salaried Retirees Association (DSRA) and the National Retiree Legislative Network (NRLN) have agreed to the formation of the Delphi Retiree Chapter – NRLN to lobby for lower cost healthcare benefit coverage and income security protections. The Chapter is independent of DSRA, for all Delphi retirees (salaried and hourly).

The Delphi Retirees Chapter is now one of 14 NRLN Chapters. The Chapter’s webpage is at: https://www.nrln.org/nrln-delphi-retirees-chapter/. Mike Husar is Chapter President. Any Delphi retiree who would like to be part of the Chapter’s leadership team, such as, vice presidents for legislative affairs, membership development, webpage editor or some other role should send an email to presdelphichapter@nrln.org.

MEDICARE AND YOU HANDBOOK 2022

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In the News

The articles and opinion pieces below are for information and are not necessarily a reflection of the NRLN’s position on issues.

The NRLN is nonpartisan and its positions on retirement issues are presented in its Legislative Agenda and white papers that can be accessed from under the Legislative Agenda tab on the website main menu.

No Appointments: 1 In 5 People Unable To Get Help For Illness During Pandemic Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~  Aug 09, 2022

Republicans do the math on spending bill, IRS agents By Jennifer Harper; Washington Times ~ Aug 09, 2022

Health Employers Hired More In July Than June  Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~  Aug 08, 2022

In a massive victory for Democrats, Medicare is poised to negotiate drug prices By Rachel Cohrs; Stat ~ Aug 07, 2022

Inflation Reduction Act Passes: Senate Approves $430 Billion Climate And Healthcare Bill Carlie Porterfield; Forbes  ~ Aug 07, 2022

Democrats’ Long-Sought Plan for Lowering Drug Costs Is at Hand  Empowering Medicare to negotiate prices directly with drug makers has been a Democratic goal for 30 years, one the pharmaceutical industry has fought ferociously. By Sheryl Gay Stolberg & Rebecca Robbins; The New York Times ~  Aug 05, 2022

NEW DETAILS: Delphi pensions bill stalls in Senate By Thomas Gnau; Dayton Daily News ~ Aug 05, 2022

Democrats will have to limit their drug pricing reforms to Medicare to comply with Senate rules By Rachel Cohrs; Stat ~ Aug 06, 2022

The ‘Big Moment’ For U.S. Healthcare By Troy Bannister; Forbes  ~ Aug 05, 2022

AARP, Big Pharma locked in battle over drug pricing bill By Karl Evers-Hillstrom; The Hill ~ Aug 05, 2022

Health care costs are so high that 98 million Americans say they’ve had to cut spending on food and gas By L’Oreal Thompson Payton; Fortune ~ Aug 04, 2022

Cardin: The Time for Action on SECURE 2.0 Is Now By Ted Godbout; ASPPA ~ Aug 03, 2022

Seniors feel forgotten by state stimulus efforts to combat inflation: ‘We’re not important enough to be considered’ By Alicia Adamczyk; Fortune ~ Aug 03, 2022

A Predictable Surprise: Twelve Years After Obamacare And We Are Worse Off Than Ever From Rita Numerof; Forbes  ~ Aug 03, 2022

Industry Presses Congress To Fix Doctor Shortage With Foreign Staff Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~  Aug 03, 2022

Inflation, Stock Market May Cause Retirees To Reconsider Using Their Home Equity From Steve Vernon; Forbes  ~ Aug 03, 2022

GOP Sharpens Its Claws In Fight Over Massive Health Spending Bill Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~  Aug 02, 2022

CMS calls for public input to improve Medicare Advantage By Susan Kelly; Healthcare Dive ~ Aug 01, 2022

Spending Bill Would Crack Open Long-Shut Door On Medicare Drug Talks Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~  Aug 01, 2022

Part D premiums to decline by 2% in 2023: CMS By Paige Minemyer; Fierce Healthcare ~ Aug 01, 2022

A Birthday Wish For Medicare And Medicaid: Less Waste And Better Care From Sally Pipes; Forbes  ~ Aug 01, 2022

Manufacturers to Bear the Brunt of Dems’ Corporate Tax Hikes By Eric Mack; Newsmax ~ Jul 31, 2022

Booster Program Won’t Be Expanded Until Fall When Retooled Shots Available Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~  Jul 29, 2022

Hopes For Seniors’ Health Cost Reduction Seen In Spending Deal Via KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~  Jul 29, 2022

Manchin Strikes Deal With Schumer On Energy And Healthcare Bill—Including Remnants Of Build Back Better By Nicholas Reimann; Forbes  ~ Jul 28, 2022

Rejected by courts, retirees take last shot to save pensions By Fatima Hussein; The Associated Press ~ Jul 28, 2022

Lowest Medicare Drug Plan Premium Doesn’t Always Mean Lowest Cost For You From Diane Omdahl; Forbes  ~ Jul 26, 2022

Fed unleashes another big rate hike in bid to curb inflation  By Christopher Rugaber; The Associated Press ~ Jul 27, 2022

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