AARPCO 2017 Legislative Wrap-up

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AARP Colorado is pleased to report its 2017 legislative activities. All bills referenced here were signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper unless otherwise noted. Bills with an asterisk (*) note a priority vote. For more information, click here. But first, save the following dates and come meet with us and share your views at AARP on Tour. Join AARP Colorado staff and volunteers to discuss AARP legislative priorities. Good conversation and light refreshments guaranteed. All forums are free and open to the public: Friday, …

Current Proposals Threaten Medicaid

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The following was sent in a letter from AARP to members of Congress. The undersigned organizations, representing patients, consumers, and health care providers, write to express grave concern about potential changes to the fundamental structure and purpose of Medicaid, a vital source of health care for patients with ongoing health needs. Proposals to phase out Medicaid expansion and implement per capita caps or block grants, like those included in the American Health Care Act (AHCA), HR 1628, threaten the ability of …

New Scorecard Shows Where Colorado Needs Improvement for Older Adults, Disabled

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Colorado ranks No. 8 in the nation when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents and people with disabilities, and AARP warns more must be done, at an accelerated pace, to meet changing demographic demands. Specific areas of concern in Colorado include: Affordability and Access: Another year of low ranking on the Aging and Disability Resource Centers program indicator suggests that that Colorado has room to improve the states ADRC. The measurements in this indicator have …

AARP Brings Financial Education to Diverse Audiences

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Alan Romero and his twin brother have done well. Both highly educated, Romero is a financial planner and his brother is an engineer. But he feels his family could’ve done better. They, as a family unit, could be further along in their journey toward financial stability and wealth building. What kept them from realizing so many more dreams? The answer is financial education. In addition to not having the right friends and contacts – buddies on the golf course, white-collar …

Latino Men as Caregivers

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Larry Apodaca cared for his mother, Terry, for nearly nine years as she endured the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease. With the exception of occasional visits from a nurse, he tended to his mom on his own at home because “no one could care for her like I could.” Apodaca, 62, now hosts a caregiver support group for Latino men, which meets at noon on the second Wednesday of each month at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 2300 S. Patton Ct. in …

AARP Among Nation’s Top for Multicultural Inclusion

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As one of the few nonprofits recognized, this is the first year AARP is named among OMNIKAL’s (formerly DiversityBusiness.com) list of the top 50 companies in America for multicultural inclusion in the marketplace. The Omni50 Award is a ranking of the top 50 U.S. corporations who are awarding the most business to the growing, culturally diverse vendor/supplier marketplace. This prestigious award is the most recognized honor of its kind in the country. “Diversity in our supply base is a vital …

Financial Resilience Workshop in Fort Lupton

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Join AARP Colorado for its free Financial Resilience seminar in Fort Lupton on May 15 to discuss how to get the most out of your retirement savings. Whether you are still working, or getting ready to collect Social Security, we introduce you to the tools to help you calculate what you have and what you’ll need. We also help you find real advice about collecting your benefits, how to save more money and how to cut down on unnecessary costs, so you may experience …

Help a Loved One with Social Security

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According to the Census Bureau, there are nearly 57 million people living with disabilities in the United States. Thirty percent of American adults help provide care for a sick or disabled family member. Caregivers provide physical and emotional support for the people in their care. It’s a demanding job with its stresses and rewards, but it can also be a labor of love. Social Security is committed to you throughout life’s journey, helping secure today and tomorrow for every American. This …

Hispanics Would’ve Suffered Under Proposed Health Plan

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AARP applauds the withdrawal of the American Health Care Act. It would’ve been a boon for special interests, not a plan to improve care for Coloradans. The decision to pull the bill from consideration on March 24 in the U.S. House of Representatives shows Americans have the ability to make themselves heard. That bill would have added an “age tax” on older Americans and put vulnerable populations — including tens of thousands of Hispanics — at risk. The “age tax” would have cost older consumers thousands of dollars a …

AHCA is bad for Americans

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Please call your elected officials and tell them to vote NO on the AHCA. The proposed health care legislation, known as the American Health Care Act, will hurt older adults and the disabled. Among other things, the law would: Impose an unfair and unacceptable “age tax.” Cost taxpayers billions when the AHCA turns Medicaid into block grants and shifts the costs to states. Force 24 million Americans to lose health coverage, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Follow the instructions below and …