2017 People’s Debate Cancelled

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RICHMOND _ AARP Virginia and the League of Women Voters of Virginia announced today that the state’s largest and most widely-broadcast debate sponsored by nonpartisan organizations has been cancelled for 2017 because Democratic candidate and Lt. Governor Ralph Northam declined to participate. “Virginia voters are the real losers here,” said AARP Virginia Interim State Director Patrick Cobb. AARP Virginia will continue to be active during the course of the election with its We Want to Know campaign encouraging Commonwealth voters …

AARP and League of Women Voters statement on Virginia gubernatorial debate schedule

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RICHMOND _ AARP Virginia and the League of Women Voters of Virginia say they are disappointed that the People’s Debate is not included in the 2017 gubernatorial debate schedule, and are encouraging the candidates to reconsider. Democratic nominee Ralph Northam, the current Lieutenant Governor, on Wednesday released a list of three debates in which he would face Republican Ed Gillespie. The People’s Debate, sponsored by AARP and the League of Women Voters, was not included. The Gillespie campaign previously communicated …

AARP Virginia, League of Women Voters to host The People’s Debate

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“The People’s Debate” to Allow Virginia to Make Informed Choices for Governor  RICHMOND _ AARP Virginia and the League of Women Voters of Virginia are inviting the leading candidates for Governor to make their cases directly to voters across the Commonwealth at “The People’s Debate” on October 9, 2017. The People’s Debate is Virginia’s oldest and most widely broadcast statewide, televised debate. “This Election Day, Virginia voters will be asked to choose a vision for the commonwealth for the years …

New Scorecard shows where Virginia must improve in serving older adults

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RICHMOND _ Virginia ranks 22nd out of 50 states and the District of Columbia overall when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents and people with disabilities, but AARP warns more must be done, at an accelerated pace, to meet changing demographic demands.   Virginia ranks next to last in the percent of adults age 21+ who have difficulty performing activities of daily living (such as bathing and dressing)  at or below 250% of poverty receiving …

Roanoke volunteers help Blue Ridge PBS

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On Saturday evening, June 3, 2017 AARP volunteers in Roanoke staffed the pledge phone bank at Blue Ridge PBS. During this Spring Fund Drive, we were taking pledges for tickets to the Mannheim Steamroller concert in Salem, November 17. We had a great time with our American Masters/Movies for Grownups partner Blue Ridge PBS.

Movies for Grownups offer free flicks and fun in Roanoke

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As movie goers entered the Grandin Theater, the AARP Roanoke Leadership Team was fast at work checking in guests, manning the information table and encouraging movie goers to participate in the Listening Post Question of the day. The question “Making Roanoke a Livable Community – Which of the eight domains would most influence the quality of life for you?” The eight choices were: Communication & Information, Community & Health Services, Respect & Social Inclusion, Transportation, Outdoor Space & Buildings, Social …

Impact of the American Health Care Act on Virginia

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The American Health Care Act would make health care unaffordable and inaccessible for millions of Americans. The impacts of the bill on Virginians are listed below.   The bill reduces funding for Medicare, which will negatively affect beneficiaries.   The bill repeals a 0.9 percent payroll tax on higher-income workers, which would remove over $100 billion over ten years from the Hospital Insurance trust fund. This would hasten the insolvency of Medicare and diminish Medicare’s ability to pay for services …

Virginian fears loss of Affordable Care Act health coverage

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Watch Liane Kerry’s Story Liane Kerry works for a small business in northern Virginia, and was able to buy health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.  The coverage literally saved her life when she suffered a major health challenge.  But because she’s over 50, the proposed new health care law that would replace the ACA would make her premiums increase and she would lose the subsidy that helps her buy her insurance. Would you have to give up your health insurance …

Volunteer reporters needed!

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Do you like to write, or are you an amateur photographer?  Maybe you’re a Facebook or Twitter expert.  Join our volunteer communications team — the Virtual Volunteer Newsroom — and tell the world about what AARP Virginia is doing in your community.  Your job would be to attend AARP events in your area, take photos, post to social media, and write a story about what happened.  If you’ve ever wanted to join the world of journalism, now is your chance! …

AARP Virginia Launches Campaign to Protect Medicare

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  ‘Voucher’ Plan Would Increase Costs, Risks for 1.2 Million Virginians Today and Millions More in Years to Come RICHMOND, Va. — AARP today launched a comprehensive campaign to protect Medicare in the face of proposals by some in Congress that would hurt hardworking Virginians who have paid into the program their entire working lives.   More than 1.2 million Virginians currently rely on Medicare for their health care, and nearly 1.7 million more will become eligible for Medicare in …