Family Caregivers in Pennsylvania Now Have More Support. The CARE Act Takes Effect April 20.

More than 1.6 million Pennsylvanians care for older parents, spouses or other loved ones, helping them to live independently in their own homes. These family caregivers have a huge responsibility, and on April 20, 2017, a new law takes effect that will make life a little bit easier for them. The CARE (Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable) Act helps family caregivers when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home. The CARE Act requires hospitals to: Provide …

Medicare Voucher Proposal Will Increase Health Care Costs for Older Pennsylvanians

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Medicare Voucher Proposal Will Increase Health Care Costs for Older Pennsylvanians By Joanne Grossi and Bill Johnston-Walsh Major changes being considered by our elected officials in Washington could dramatically increase costs for Pennsylvania’s 2.3 million older adults currently counting on Medicare benefits for their health care needs. That’s because some on Capitol Hill are proposing to replace Medicare’s guaranteed benefits with a voucher program as a way to reduce health care costs.  The voucher program, sometimes known as premium support, …

Legislative Approval of CARE Act Praised by AARP Pennsylvania

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Legislative Approval of CARE Act Praised by AARP Pennsylvania AARP Pennsylvania today praised members of the state House of Representatives for approving the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act that will help more than 1.6 million family caregivers currently assisting older adults at home. Today’s action sends H.B. 1329 to Governor Wolf for his signature. The unanimous vote in the State House of Representatives today (197-0) followed Monday’s unanimous approval by the State Senate. Similar legislation was already passed in …

With Retail Prescription Prices Increasing Six Times Faster Than Inflation, PACE & PACENET Programs Offer Significant RX Assistance for Older Pennsylvanians

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With a new AARP study showing retail prescription prices have increased six times faster than the general inflation rate since 2006, AARP Pennsylvania is reminding older residents that they can receive help paying for prescription medications from the state’s PACE and PACENET programs. According to a report released earlier this month by the AARP Public Policy Institute (PPI), the average annual cost of therapy for one prescription drug totals more than $11,000, which equals a startling 75% of the average …

Volunteers Needed for Tax-Aide Program

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AARP Foundation is looking to build its Pennsylvania team of tax-loving volunteers. Tax-Aide is a free tax assistance and preparation program for taxpayers with low to moderate income available through the AARP Foundation. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide has volunteer opportunities for people at every level of experience who want to stay sharp while giving back. Tax volunteers will complete a tax preparation workshop from the Internal Revenue Service prior to working with taxpayers. There is also a need for grass-roots leadership, …

Camp Hill Woman Receives AARP Pennsylvania’s Most Prestigious Volunteer Award for Community Service

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Virginia Spiker of Camp Hill has been selected by AARP, the nonprofit membership organization for people 50 and older, to receive Pennsylvania’s 2015 AARP Andrus Award for Community Service, the Association’s most prestigious and visible volunteer award. Named for AARP founder Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, the award recognizes outstanding individuals who are making their communities better in ways that are consistent with AARP’s mission, vision and commitment to volunteer service, and who inspire others to volunteer. The award was formally …

Join AARP’s York County Volunteer Team

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Join AARP’s York County Volunteer Team  You have a lifetime of experience to offer. If you’re looking for a place to share it, AARP can help. One of our most valuable assets is our members who are eager to share their life experiences and skills in their communities through volunteerism. We can help you find a place where you can use your skills and experience to the best of your abilities. You know what volunteering can do for others; now see …

AARP Calls for More Help for Family Caregivers at Capitol Rally

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AARP members from across Pennsylvania today called on state officials to provide additional support for the 1.6 million family members providing care to older adults at home at a state capitol rally in Harrisburg. More than 150 AARP members were joined at the event by Secretary of Aging Teresa Osborne; Andy Carter, President and CEO of the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of PA and state lawmakers who support HB 1329, the PA CARE Act. “We’re all here to recognize a …

York Hosting Free Community Shredding Event

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Fight Fraud-Shred Instead in York!   Reduce your chances of becoming a victim of ID theft by safely destroying your personal documents with the help of AARP Pennsylvania, York County Economic Alliance and Continental Paper Grading at a free Shredding Event:  Saturday, September 19 10 a.m. -2 p.m. Continental Paper Grading 3350 Concord Road York, Pa 17402 Bring your unwanted documents and files and watch them get shredded on site. There is no fee for this community service. However, we will …

House Bill Will Protect Landline Phone Service in Rural Markets

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AARP Pennsylvania today testified at a hearing of the PA House of Representatives Consumer Affairs Committee to support HB 1417, that will protect landline telephone service for consumers in the state’s rural communities by extending funding for the Universal Service Fund until the end of 2021. HB 1417 extends the Universal Service Fund until the end of 2021 and requires a Public Utility Commission investigation of how the Fund should function in the future. AARP believes this offers the right …