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Laura Polacheck

Biography:

I am currently living in Utah, but still a diehard Packer fan (grew up in Milwaukee and went to UW).

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FTC Raises Concerns About Hampering Drug Competition

FTC Raises Concerns About Hampering Drug Competition

Posted on 04/11/2014 by | AARP Utah | Comments

Biologic drugs are often used to treat health conditions that affect older populations, such as cancer, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. Derived from living organisms, biologics have an estimated average cost of $35,000 a year — far more than traditional, chemically derived drugs. Congress recently granted the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority to approve less expensive generic versions of biologic drugs, known as biosimilars or follow-on biologics. But while FDA continues to work on the approval process, policymakers are …

OLDER UTHANS STRONGLY SUPPORT BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO FIGHT AGE DISCRIMINATION

OLDER UTHANS STRONGLY SUPPORT BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO FIGHT AGE DISCRIMINATION

Posted on 03/31/2014 by | AARP Utah | Comments

  Older Utahns overwhelmingly support bipartisan legislation to combat age discrimination in the workplace, a new AARP survey shows. The poll last month of registered voters 50 and older found a remarkable 85 percent favor passage of the bipartisan “Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act” (POWADA). Significantly, 53 percent of ALL those interviewed said they “strongly” endorsed the bill.  In contrast, only 9 percent oppose passage, the survey reported. “This AARP survey confirms what Utah residents know: huge majorities demand fairness …

Payday Loans are a Debt Trap, says the Federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Payday Loans are a Debt Trap, says the Federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Posted on 03/26/2014 by | AARP Utah | Comments

If you need more evidence that payday loans can be a debt trap, look no further than today’s report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The agency found that 4 out of 5 payday loans are renewed or rolled over within two weeks after the end of their term. In half of these cases, the borrower renews the loan at least 10 times in a row. And repeat borrowing may be more expensive than many borrowers may realize. Fees in …

Join Us for a Free Screening of the Film “Cesar Chavez” on March 28

Posted on 03/24/2014 by | AARP Utah | Comments

AARP is sponsoring a free screening of the new film “Cesar Chavez” on Friday, March 28 at 6:30 at the Megaplex 15 in West Valley City.  This powerful new film presents a powerful cinematic portrait of the famed civil rights leader and labor organizer.  This is an English language film.   Tickets are free and available to AARP members and non-members alike.  To RSVP, call 1-877-926-8300 or go to http://aarp.cvent.com/CesarChavez_SaltLake.  This film is part of AARP’s “Movies for Grown-Ups” series …

Join AARP for a Wilderness Expedition in Wyoming

Join AARP for a Wilderness Expedition in Wyoming

Posted on 03/20/2014 by | AARP Utah | Comments

    Have you been looking for a new challenge? Want an opportunity at a unique experience, not one of those “guided tours?” How about an outdoor adventure in Wyoming with a little help from some llamas?   AARP and the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) have specifically designed a wilderness expedition for intrepid AARP members and qualifying family members who are interested in exploring their “Real Possibilities.” If you are seeking opportunities to learn new leadership skills, exercise creative solutions …

Utah Legislative Wrap-Up for 2014

Utah Legislative Wrap-Up for 2014

Posted on 03/18/2014 by | AARP Utah | Comments

The 2014 legislative session ended on March 13, and while there is still plenty of work to be done – especially in the area of Medicaid expansion – AARP had a successful session advocating for older Utahns. Here is a rundown of what took place: The legislature passed the Long-Term Care Partnership, SB14, which creates a benefit for Utahns who purchase a qualifying long-term care insurance plan by protecting their assets (up to the value of that plan) from being …