New Protections for Texas Pocketbooks

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AARP Texas is proud to announce that three new laws, already signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott, will help protect financially vulnerable Texans. The news measures were strongly endorsed by AARP, which worked closely with lawmakers of both parties to ensure their passage. Preventing abuse as it happens Financial institutions and securities professionals have new ways to report and address suspected exploitation of clients age 65+. This change is thanks to HB 3921, by State Representative Tan Parker (R-Flower …

Texas Volunteers: The Heart and Soul of AARP

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It’s that time of year, folks! It’s time to celebrate and recognize our outstanding volunteers during National Volunteer Week. In Texas, we’d like to highlight several outstanding folks who have gone above and beyond for their communities. Without the help of our committed volunteers, our Texas communities would not be the same. From CAREversation family caregiver support groups to Fraud Watch Network shredding events, from volunteering with AARP Tax-Aide to help neighbors file their returns to urging elected officials to …

Make Sure This Bad Health Bill Stays Dead

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After a couple of weeks back in their districts for spring recess, members of Congress return to Capitol Hill on Monday, and you will soon start hearing again about shenanigans involving a very dangerous health care bill that many Americans had left for dead. Just before leaving, leaders in Washington held closed-door meetings in an attempt to resurrect the legislation, called the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Problem is, if they get their way, it would make a bad bill …

From India, Inspired by AARP

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Always good to see Dr. S. P. Kinjawadekar, the 85-year-old president emeritus and founder of India’s only national senior citizens organization, the All-India Senior Citizens Confederation. Dr. Kinjawadekar, who said he was inspired by AARP to start this organization 16 years ago, was a physician for more than 30 years in his native country before turning his attention to older Indian issues and starting the nonprofit organization. He has a daughter living in Austin and was making his 3rd visit …

Tax Season Made Easy

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There’s one month until Tax Day! Tax season is notorious for being a headache for many during the springtime. From meeting strict deadlines, to knowing which services are reliable, taxes can create some unwanted stress. That’s why Tax-Aide started nearly five decades ago. In 1970, AARP’s Tax-Aide Program was imagined during a Naval Reserve exercise and now serves nearly 2.7 million taxpayers annually. Admiral Bernie Nash was informed by a Naval Reserve officer, who was also an IRS official, that …

“Age Tax” would be unfair, unaffordable; Older Texans deserve better

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A bill has been introduced in Congress to change the law and allow health insurance companies to charge older people premiums that are five times more than they charge younger people, instead of the current limit of three times as much. Make no mistake, this is an “age tax” that severely penalizes people age 50 to 64 while providing a very small benefit for younger people. We’ve heard a lot about what’s going on in Washington, D.C., lately. But here’s …

Judge John Vasquez Appointed to AARP Texas Executive Council

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Retired Austin Municipal Judge John Vasquez, now a San Antonio resident, is the newest member of the AARP Texas Executive Council. Vasquez served as a municipal judge for nearly 20 years—from 1996-2015. A graduate of the University of Texas School Of Law, he was elected chair of the Municipal Judges Section of the State Board of Texas. He has served as special counsel to the state auditor and chief of the Charitable Trusts Section of the state attorney general’s office. …

Memo to Members of Congress: Don’t Mess with Medicare!

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As members of Congress return home to their districts in Texas this Presidents Day week, we – the citizens who put them in office — have an opportunity to remind them of this: Medicare is a deal that was made long ago with all Americans. Congress has a duty to protect it! 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 …

Taxes Made Easy with AARP Tax Aide

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Tax season is notorious for being a springtime headache. From meeting strict deadlines, to trying to use a reliable service, taxes can create some unwanted stress. That’s why AARP Foundation Tax-Aide started nearly five decades ago. In 1970, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide was imagined during a Naval Reserve exercise. Now it serves nearly 2.7 million taxpayers annually. Admiral Bernie Nash was informed by a Naval Reserve officer, who was also an IRS official, that older taxpayers were cheating themselves out of …

Staying Safe in the Texas Heat

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Things are heating up in Texas. By the looks of it, this is just the beginning of a long, hot summer. Heat indexes and temperatures have already hit triple digits in many places across the state. For Texas natives and Texas transplants alike, it’s a great time to review ways to stay safe in our extreme environment. Be careful when heading outside for afternoon activities. Adults age 65 and older are particularly susceptible to heat stress, often due to medical …