Severe “American Health Care Act” Watch Issued for 70 Nebraska Counties

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This is an AARP Nebraska alert. A severe American Health Care Act watch has been issued for 70 counties in Nebraska. Actions taken by two committees of the U.S. House of Representatives have created conditions that could lead to catastrophic cost increases in an area of Nebraska west of a line from South Sioux City to Superior. All residents ages 40-64 who have individual health insurance in the affected area will receive damaging premium increases.  According to the Kaiser Family …

Early Filing Can Help Head Off IdentityTheft Tax Fraud

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With tax-filing season a prime time for identity theft scammers to prey on unsuspecting consumers, the AARP Fraud Watch Network is reminding Nebraska taxpayers that submitting their tax returns as soon as is practical can greatly reduce their chances of being victimized by a fraudulent return. The IRS reports that taxpayers lost more than $3 billion to tax-related identity theft during 2014. This scam occurs when a fraudster steals your Social Security number and files a tax return in your …

AARP Nebraska supports fifth attempt to expand Medicaid

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Nebraska lawmakers’ repeated refusal to extend Medicaid to uninsured, low-income adults means far fewer state residents have health care coverage compared to their neighbors in Iowa and Colorado. At a March 8 hearing, AARP representative June Ryan told members of the Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee that Nebraska’s uninsured rate for the lowest income group is more than twice the rate in those states. “We now know the consequences of Nebraska’s decision not to participate in expanded Medicaid,” said …

AARP Opposes Voter ID Constitutional Amendment

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AARP Nebraska testified March 2 at the State Capitol in opposition to LR1CA, a proposed constitutional amendment requiring Nebraska voters to show photo ID at polling places. “AARP believes that the right of all citizens to vote in free and fair elections is among the most basic of all civil rights and must be vigorously upheld,” Advocacy Director Mark Intermill told senators on the Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee. He said that LR1CA would prevent some eligible citizens from …

Join Us March 8 for Fraud Watch Lunch Program in Gering

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Every two seconds, someone’s identity is stolen. Don’t let it be yours! Learn how to spot a scam and protect your personal information from falling into the hands of con artists. You are invited to attend an AARP Fraud Watch Network lunch program to help you stay ahead of the scammers. There is no cost for this event, but registration is required by March 6.     AARP Fraud Watch Network Lunch Program Wednesday, March 8, 2017 12:00 Noon – …

AARP Opposes Constitutional Convention to Enact Balanced Budget Amendment

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AARP Nebraska today issued the following statement in opposition to L.R. 6, which calls on the Nebraska Legislature to submit a request to Congress calling for a constitutional convention. “LR6 would serve as Nebraska’s application for a convention of states under the authority of Article V of the United States Constitution for proposing constitutional amendments.  While such a convention, according to Article V, “shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes,” a common reason given for seeking a convention is …

AARP Nebraska Launches Campaign to Protect Medicare

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AARP  has launched a comprehensive campaign to protect Medicare in the face of proposals by some in Congress that would hurt hardworking Nebraskans who have paid into the program their entire working lives. Congressional proposals to change Medicare into a voucher system would dramatically increase health care costs and risks for both current and future retirees.  Over the next few weeks, AARP staff and volunteers will meet with members of Congress to underscore that this proposal would put nearly 300,000 …

Get Free Tax Help from AARP Tax-Aide Volunteers

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From Feb. 1 through April 18, AARP Foundation provides free tax assistance and preparation through its Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 49th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, offering free tax preparation help to anyone, especially people age 50 and older who cannot afford a tax preparation service. Tax-Aide, which is offered free of charge, is available to AARP members and non-members and includes more than 5,000 locations in neighborhood libraries, malls, banks, …

Medicare Is A Promise We Need to Keep

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By Dave Holmquist, State President, AARP Nebraska At AARP, we believe Medicare is a deal with the American people that must not be broken. Thankfully, President Trump repeatedly said during his historic campaign that he would not allow changes to this popular program.  “I am going to protect and save your Social Security and your Medicare,” he told voters. “You made a deal a long time ago. “ Older voters were instrumental in electing President Trump and the Republican Congress. …

AARP Nebraska Urges Legislative Study on Retirement Savings

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AARP is urging state lawmakers to conduct a legislative study on how to improve retirement savings prospects for Nebraskans. According to the National Institute on Retirement Security, just 48 percent of private sector employees in Nebraska were enrolled in a retirement plan in 2012, a decline from 55 percent in 2000. State Sen. Carol Blood of Bellevue introduced LB 79, the Small Business Retirement Marketplace Act, to provide small business employees with access to retirement plans. Due to the cost …