Oct 26 – Medicare – Crisis Summit for Seniors

Raybould Campaign to Host Crisis Summit for Seniors in Omaha

Leader McConnell and Senator Fischer Ready to Slash Social Security & Medicare. Raybould: We Must Act Now.

A vote for Senator Fischer is a vote to kill retirement.” The fate of Social Security and Medicare are directly tied to the election on November 6. 

LINCOLN, NE – In response to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s outrageous comments calling for the slashing of Social Security and the complete disruption of Medicare, hail mary attempts to address the ballooning deficit he and Senator Fischer created, Jane Raybould is organizing a “Crisis Summit for Seniors” to build a coalition and organize efforts to stop the shredding of the social safety net.

“Aging Nebraskans, whether they depend on this programs today or will depend on them in the near future, have every right to be alarmed and incredibly upset. Leader McConnell and Senator Fischer have given us yet another peak behind-the-curtain of their plan to give the wealthiest individuals and huge multinational corporations a tax cut while crushing the middle class and anyone hoping to retire with dignity,” said US Senate candidate Jane Raybould.

She added, “If you are among the one-percent of Nebraskans who will never have to worry about saving for retirement or making ends meet in the face of exorbitant health care costs, then you have no reason to worry. To everyone else and to those who know and love the rest of Nebraska’s population: We must act now. The fate of Social Security and Medicare are directly tied to the election on November 6. A vote for Senator Fischer is a vote to kill retirement.”

Raybould has made the protection of Social Security and Medicare a centerpiece of her campaign. As Nebraska’s next U.S. Senator, Raybould is committed to fighting Senate Majority Leader McConnell’s attack on the programs that allow Nebraskans to retire with dignity.

The event will be held in Omaha on Friday, October 26. Time and location forthcoming.

 

Media contact: Brandon Weathersby

Lincoln 55+ and OLLI in 2007

Hello from the Lincoln 55+ Seniors Paper,

OLLI – Osher Life Long Learning – has been just a great success. In the last months of a 3 year grant, OLLI had 304 members with a long term goal of reaching 500 members. Meeting this goal would earn a $1 Million endowment to help educate Seniors in Lincoln NE..On March 1st, 2007, with publication of a 4 page, color ad in the spring issue of the Lincoln 55+ Senior Paper, our membership jumped in just 6 weeks to 447. After the next 4-page ad in the summer issue, we reached 537 – well beyond the “long-term goal.”  After the membership year ended, we dropped back to 440 members but surged forward again after the Fall 2007 ads – to 650 members. So – in 10 months, OLLI membership rose from 304 to 650. Wow. And yes! We did get that 1st $Million endowment.

OLLI board members carried 1200-1500 papers (of 12,000 total) to their friends and neighbors and doctors offices for each issue. Offering the 55+ Paper became a method for starting a conversation about OLLI.  The Lincoln 55+ is proud of the the 12 years relationship with OLLI. in 2018, we are over 1400 members and now have a second endowment in hand. A million here and an million there adds up.

OLLI Rocks.  https://olli.unl.edu/

http://lincoln55plus.com/

Nebraska Medicaid Vote

Even well-off Seniors may need Medicaid one day. Please vote yes.

 

Lincoln – DIABETES WORKSHOPS BEGIN OCTOBER 24

Adults with diabetes, their family members and friends are invited to attend a series of free Aging Partners workshops from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays from October 24 through November 28.  The five-week Diabetes Self-Management Workshop will be held at Ambassador Health, 4405 Normal Blvd.

The workshop is free, but a suggested contribution of $4 per class is appreciated.  Pre-registration is required by calling 402-441-7575, and class size is limited.  The following topics will be discussed:

  • Determining what to eat and when to exercise
  • Monitoring blood sugar
  • Caring for feet
  • Communicating with family and health care providers
  • Managing low and high blood sugar
  • Dealing with stress and learning relaxation techniques
  • Setting small and achievable goals
  • Increasing self-confidence
  • Feeling better and taking charge

More information on Aging Partners is available at www.aging.lincoln.ne.gov.

(SSI) benefits will increase 2.8 percent

Thursday, October 11, 2018
For Immediate Release
Social Security Administration Seal

 

Mark Hinkle, Acting Press Officer
press.office@ssa.gov

 

News Release
SOCIAL SECURITY

 

Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than 67 million Americans will increase 2.8 percent in 2019, the Social Security Administration announced today.

The 2.8 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 62 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2019. Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 31, 2018. (Note: some people receive both Social Security and SSI benefits). The Social Security Act ties the annual COLA to the increase in the Consumer Price Index as determined by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Some other adjustments that take effect in January of each year are based on the increase in average wages. Based on that increase, the maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax (taxable maximum) will increase to $132,900 from $128,400.

Security and SSI beneficiaries are normally notified by mail in early December about their new benefit amount. This year, for the first time, most people who receive Security payments will be able to view their COLA notice online through their my Security account. People may create or access their my Security account online at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.

Information about Medicare changes for 2019, when announced, will be available at www.medicare.gov. For Social Security beneficiaries receiving Medicare, Social Security will not be able to compute their new benefit amount until after the Medicare premium amounts for 2019 are announced. Final 2019 benefit amounts will be communicated to beneficiaries in December through the mailed COLA notice and mySocial Security’s Message Center.

The Social Security Act provides for how the COLA is calculated. To read more, please visit www.socialsecurity.gov/cola.

Lincoln – Oct 21 – ROBBER’S CAVE PRESENTATION SET FOR OCTOBER 21

 

Lincoln City Libraries invites the public to a free presentation Sunday, October 21 by Joel Green, the author of a new book, “Robber’s Cave:  Truths, Legends, Recollections.”  The program begins at 2 p.m. at the Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors on the third floor of the Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th Street.  The program is part of the John H. Ames Reading Series, which showcases Nebraska authors reading their own works.
In his book, Green, a local teacher and Robber’s Cave tour guide, tracks the cave’s ownership through the past century and beyond.  The books is full of photographs and stories about those who have used the cave, including Native Americans, the Underground Railroad, Lincoln’s first brewery, Coxey’s Army, the Ku Klux Klan and possibly Jesse James.
The John H. Ames Reading Series is recorded by LNKTV City, the City’s government access channel (ALLO channel 2, Spectrum channel 1303 and Kinetic channel 1005).  A broadcast schedule is available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: LNKTV), and programs are available at YouTube.com/LNKTVcity.  Previous programs are also available for borrowing on DVD at Lincoln City Libraries.
For more information about Lincoln City Libraries, visit www.lincolnlibraries.org.

Lincoln – 2018-19 – LED STREETLIGHT CONVERSION TO BEGIN MONDAY

Beginning Monday, October 8, Schneider Electric will begin replacing close to 27,000 of the City’s outdated high-pressure sodium and metal halide streetlights with light-emitting diode (LED) fixtures.  Installation will begin on arterial and collector streets, and the project is scheduled to be completed in one year.  Residents can find updated project schedules at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword:  led).

According to Frank Uhlarik, Sustainability and Compliance Manager for the City, the $12.2 million project is designed to improve safety and provide significant annual savings attributable to lower energy and maintenance costs. Under the City’s contract with an Energy Savings Company (ESCO) such as Schneider Electric, the energy and maintenance savings are guaranteed by the ESCO to help pay for the streetlight upgrades.

 

“We’re excited to further our commitment to sustainability and save taxpayer dollars,” said Mayor Chris Beutler.  “We will use the cost savings on this project to pay for the improvements, and then we’ll invest them in other important initiatives to make our community safer and more attractive to residents, businesses and visitors.”

Converting street lights to LED technology is one of the energy strategies identified in the Lincoln Environmental Action Plan, which was approved last year.  Uhlarik said the LED conversion project offers the following benefits:

  • LEDs offer improved light quality to improve visibility and safety.
  • LEDs are highly energy efficiency, which reduces energy consumption and the environmental impact.
  • LEDs have a longer lifespan compared to traditional street lamps, reducing maintenance costs.
  • LEDs improve aesthetics by creating a more uniform lighting experience throughout the City.

Uhlarik said the City will install two different LED fixtures, depending on location and function.  The two fixtures have different Kelvin numbers, which is the measure of color temperature emitted by a fixture. “Based on resident feedback regarding brightness, the lights installed in neighborhoods will be 3000 Kelvin, which appear to be less bright than the 4000 Kelvin fixtures installed on arterial streets,” he said.

 

Uhlarik said the LED conversion project will also have a positive environmental impact on the community by reducing the City’s annual kilowatt hours by 10.7 million and removing 3.9 million pounds of carbon from the atmosphere. This is equivalent to planting 180,891 trees or removing 1,224 cars from the road.  Additionally, Schneider Electric will recycle a majority of the materials from the existing street lights.

“We are proud to help the City of Lincoln undertake this critical infrastructure project that will dramatically improve safety for City residents and make a lasting positive impact on the environment,” said Tammy Fulop, Vice President, Schneider Electric.  “At Schneider Electric, we are committed to helping municipalities in the Midwest and beyond achieve their vision for infrastructure improvements and sustainability without burdening local taxpayers.”

For more information on the LED conversion project, visit lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: conversion) or contact Uhlarik at fuhlarik.lincoln.ne.gov or 402-441-7588.  For more information on Schneider Electric, visit schneider-electric.us/enable.

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