New Poll: Older Americans Oppose Increased Health Costs

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Majority of Older Trump Voters Believe House Bill Imposes an Unfair “Age Tax,” Oppose Changes to Medicaid, and Want Measures to Lower Cost of Prescription Drugs AARP released the findings of a survey that said a majority of voters ages 50 plus – including most Trump supporters – oppose specific provisions of the bill that make health care more expensive for older Americans. The survey asked about multiple elements of the health care reform bill and also found that an …

Workers Support Retirement Savings Programs

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A new AARP survey shows that an overwhelming percentage (84 percent) of American private sector workers “strongly or somewhat agree” that officials should back legislation to enable workers “to save their own money for retirement.” The study of nearly 4,000 workers aged 18 to 64 included a significant oversampling of African Americans, Latinos/as and Asian Americans.  The survey finds strong backing across all races, ethnicities and political ideologies for elected officials to clear the way for employee savings initiatives. The total …

HEALTH BILL HURTS OLDER AMERICANS

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Lawmakers in Washington, D.C. are considering a bill that would drive up health care costs by thousands of dollars a year for Americans ages 50 to 64. This onerous “age tax” threatens to cut people’s access to care at a time of life when it is increasingly needed. Even worse, the American Health Care Act imposes a double whammy on older consumers who are still too young for Medicare. It not only would allow insurers to charge them five times …

Stay warm and save money

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Be an Informed Consumer! Use these Top Ten Wintertime Tips to Save Money & Energy The good news… spring is right around the corner. The bad news…your home utility bills will continue to reflect these frigid temperatures for weeks to come. We’ve all boosted the thermostat during the many sub-freezing days and nights to keep warm. AARP  wants you to stay warm, so we’re working to bring you the consumer some of our best tips for saving energy and lowering your …

Wallet Card Spells Out Caregivers’ Support

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Caring for a parent, spouse or other adult? AARP Delaware is distributing a wallet card that spells out new support for family caregivers under a state law that took effect Jan. 1. The Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act allows every hospital patient to designate a family caregiver. The hospital must notify the caregiver before their loved one is discharged and provide basic instructions for follow-up medical tasks needed at home. Delawareans provide about $1.6 billion worth of unpaid care …

New Law Gives Caregivers Confidence

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Caregiving can be stressful, exhausting and daunting. A new state law aims to ease the stress by providing caregivers with training and support when a loved one comes home from a hospital stay. The Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act, which took effect Jan. 1, will allow every hospital patient to designate a family caregiver, whose contact information will be included in the patient’s medical record. The hospital must make reasonable efforts to keep the caregiver informed about the patient’s release …

Enjoy online dating…with caution

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Romance scams start with fake profiles on online dating sites. The scammer, who is conveniently working abroad, quickly builds a relationship with the targeted victim, exchanging photos, romantic messages, or even talking by phone. Then they will make a request: money needed for an emergency or maybe to plan an in-person visit. The target sends money, and then never hears from the love interest again. Be a fraud fighter!  If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam. …

Are You an Easy Mark?

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The more you know, the less likely you are to become a victim of investment fraud.  Who is most likely to fall prey to investment fraud? Older men who are risk-takers, open to investment pitches and see accumulating wealth as a key achievement in life. That’s according to a new study sponsored by AARP’s Fraud Watch Network that surveyed 1,028 investors, nearly a quarter of whom were victims of fraud. The study’s goal is to identify risk factors or behaviors that make someone fall …

Work from home? Think again!

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Ads for jobs guaranteeing you will make a certain amount of money or that you can work from home are probably scams. If you respond to the ad, you’ll likely be asked to send money so you can either get the job, acquire more job listings, receive supplies to start a business at home, or obtain special “certification” that’s supposed to get you a job. If an ad for a job sounds too good to be true, it probably is. …

Medicare is a Promise to Delawareans That We Need to Keep

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By Rashmi Rangan, AARP State President Proposals to turn Medicare into a voucher system would take health care in precisely the wrong direction – pushing up costs for current and future retirees, and eroding protections that Americans have earned through many years of hard work and taxes. Yet, in a short-sighted attempt to save money, vouchers are being promoted on Capitol Hill as an answer to rising costs. Unfortunately, they are the wrong answer. Vouchers pose troubling risks for 169,840 …