Attend a Mid-Session Update on the 2017 North Dakota Legislature

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You’re invited to AARP’s Capitol Report, providing you with an up-to-the-minute report on the 2017 North Dakota Legislature. Hear more about AARP’s work to support family caregivers.  In addition, we’re ensuring that current retirement programs are preserved, working toward property tax relief, protecting vulnerable adults, and supporting more options allowing people to live safely in their own homes as they age. Learn more about what is happening in the North Dakota Legislature and how you can get involved. There is …

N.D. Attorney General Says North Dakotans Continue to Fall Victim to “Grandparent” Scam

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In just the past month, several elderly North Dakotans have fallen victim to the “grandparent” scam, each losing thousands of dollars to scam artists who pretended to be a grandchild supposedly in a dire situation and in desperate need of money. The grandparent scam is one of the common “imposter” scams that have been circulating in the state for several years, along with the Fake IRS call and the phony Sweepstakes/Lottery win. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has issued numerous warnings …

Your Medicare: Join Us for a Webinar to Learn What’s At Stake

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You are invited to participate in an online webinar to learn what AARP is doing to oppose changes to Medicare. These proposed changes would cut your benefits, increase your out-of-pocket costs, or reduce the ability of this critical program to deliver on its benefit promises for future retirees. Congressional proposals to change Medicare into a premium support or voucher system would dramatically increase health care costs and risks for both current and future retirees. Older North Dakotans depend on Medicare …

Caregiver Support Bills Under Consideration by N.D. Legislature

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Here is an update on legislation intended to support North Dakota’s 62,100 unpaid family caregivers before the 2017 North Dakota Legislature: The Caregiver Advise Record and Enable (CARE) Act was introduced in the Senate as Senate Bill 2215. The CARE Act would ensure that family caregivers are kept informed and are provided with an explanation and a demonstration of the medical tasks they are expected to perform at home after a loved one is discharged from a hospital. Research shows …

Wendy Hogue Joins AARP North Dakota Staff

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Wendy Hogue of Mandan has joined the staff of AARP North Dakota as senior operations associate. Hogue will have primary responsibility for managing the business operations of the AARP state office in Bismarck. Hogue comes to AARP from USDA Rural Development, where she worked as an administrative office associate in Bismarck. Hogue earned a bachelor’s degree from Valley City State University, an American Management Association Certificate in Leadership from Dickinson State University, and a Financial Management Certificate from Cornell University. …

Need Help with Your Income Taxes? 9 Tax-Aide Sites Open in North Dakota

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AARP Foundation Tax-Aide sites across North Dakota open next week to help people prepare their 2016 tax returns. This free service is available to low- and moderate-income taxpayers of all ages with special attention to those 60 and older. You do not have to be an AARP member to take advantage of the service. IRS-certified volunteers are trained to assist in filing accurate returns and help taxpayers receive all of the benefits, credits, and deductions to which they are entitled. …

Heating Assistance Available for Qualifying Low-Income Homeowners, Renters in North Dakota

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The recent cold temperatures may have left some low-income North Dakotans with home heating costs that are higher than their budget can handle. The North Dakota Department of Human Services reminds low-income individuals and families and seniors on limited fixed incomes that help is available through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The federally-funded program helps qualifying households pay a portion of their home heating costs, whether its natural gas, electricity, propane, coal, fuel oil, wood or kerosene. …

Medicare is a Promise We Need to Keep; Join Our Fight to Protect Medicare

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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. Now those voters are counting on Congress …

North Dakota Legislative Updates Moved to Friday Afternoon

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AARP North Dakota invites members to join our weekly legislative updates at 1:30 p.m. CT every Friday while the North Dakota Legislature is in session. You can join the meeting on your computer or mobile device, or you can just dial in by phone. The next update is Friday, March 3. Join fellow advocates and other members to hear the status of legislation important to our members and their families. Below is the link to join the online meeting and …

Attend the Public Hearing to Raise Your Voice before MDU Raises Your Electric Rates

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North Dakota’s ratepayers are in for quite a shock if Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. (MDU) gets its way. MDU has requested the Public Service Commission raise North Dakota’s residential electric rates by 9.4 percent. This increase far exceeds the average increase for all customer classes of 6.6%. But the real shock is that MDU also wants to raise your monthly customer charge to $19.76 per month – doubling the monthly fixed charge. That means North Dakota’s working families and retirees will …