10 Associations that Aid Senior Citizens

Medicare doesn’t always cover enough for you. Luckily, there are organizations that act as resources for senior citizens and help by offering support for the essentials that exist beyond health insurance coverage and prescription drug plans. We’ve put together a list of some of the best known organizations that work to give senior citizens a voice and help with discounts as well as other offers.

  1. American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) is for Americans that are at least 50 years of age. Their mission statement is, “AARP Foundation serves vulnerable people 50+ by creating and advancing effective solutions that help them secure the essentials.” AARP provides discounts and works to improve the quality of life for people as they age. A one year subscription is $12 for the first year, then $16 after that. You will receive a card with your name to access the member-only benefits and discounts.
  2. Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC) is an organization that started in 2007 to protect the interests of senior citizens. AMAC considers themselves a conservative political advocacy organization with benefits and services. AMAC united Generation America in 2014 to create a unified voice. Members have access to benefits like Medicare and products, auto insurance discounts, member-only credit card and more. The full membership is available to anyone that is 50+, but others can join as an associate member and have access to some of the benefits. You can join AMAC for $16 a year or a $500 lifetime membership. Their website lists all benefits and stances on key issues.
  3. Christian Seniors Association (CSA) was founded in 2003 by Rev. Louis P. Sheldon as a project of Traditional Values Coalition and is a religious conservative organization. The CSA offers benefits and advice for things like health and travel insurance along with their discount program that costs $12.95 and has no restrictions to join. While the CSA considers themselves to be an activist organization, they also provide advice for you when it comes to things like Medicare, traveling and political issues.
  4. Alliance for Retired Americans (ARA) launched in 2001 and now has more than 4 million members. Their mission statement is, “to ensure social and economic justice and full civil rights for all citizens so that they may enjoy lives of dignity, personal and family fulfillment and security.” The Community for Advocacy Network(CAN) is the membership program of the ARA. While they don’t have an official membership fee, they ask for a contribution when you join CAN and the first $10 makes you a member. The ARA pushes its members to take action on issues such as economic security, retirement security and health care security.
  5. American Senior Association (ASA) has a mission and five foundations. Their mission is “making sure our members have the choices, information, and services they need to live healthier, wealthier lives.” The five foundations are: rebuild national values, reform social security, reform Medicare, reform the tax code and control government overspending. To join ASA, it costs $15 for a year and the benefits include travel, finance, automotive, security and many more discounts.
  6. Christian Association of PrimeTimers (CAP) is a religion-based organization. The membership benefit offers include financial services, health insurance, legal services, magazines, travel and many more. To join, it is $14.95 for one year, but it covers you and your spouse. Their website provides a list of their beliefs and resources such as articles and a budget tool. Along with the rest of their benefits, they also offer Best Roadside Service to their members.
  7. 60 Plus Association was founded in 1992. They are a nonpartisan seniors advocacy group. “Our top priorities are to end the federal estate tax and to save Social Security for the future generations.” The 60 Plus Association is free to join. 60 Plus Association covers issues like death tax, health care, social security and more. With projects like their recent ad campaign “Will Seniors Across Rural America Be Left Behind in Obamacare Repeal?” they are urging people to take care of seniors. Their website has a list of projects and issues they fight for.
  8. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. HRSA programs are for helping people in need of high quality health care, people with HIV/AIDS, mothers and pregnant women. The main goal of the HRSA is to not only improve the access to quality care, but to also strengthen the work force as well. You can view career opportunities and subscribe to their email updates on their website.
  9. USA Next (aka USA United Generations) was founded in 1991 by Richard Viguerie and is considered the incarnation of the group called United Seniors Association. The mission of Generations United is “to improve the lives of children, youth and older people through intergenerational collaboration, public policies, and programs for the enduring benefit of all.” Their membership is currently only available for organizations and the annual membership fee to join starts at $100. Individuals can make tax deductible donations. Memberships include early access to information and opportunities.
  10. Senior Citizens Association of America (SCAA) is a support organization for people 60 and up. SCAA’s goal is to help senior citizens with access to quality healthcare, discounts and establishing and maintaining financial stability. They educate and assist seniors with things like Medicare and expense planning. Members receive a health savings card that allow for discounts of up to 75 percent off select healthcare areas.

Although they may not be specifically dedicated to Medicare and health insurance coverage concerns, all of these organizations are geared towards improving the lives of senior citizens in the U.S. Each one offers educational information and discounts to help you live the best life possible. These groups help give a voice to anyone with similar concerns and beliefs as the organization. You can do further research to find which best suits you.

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