New disability presumption for Camp Lejeune Veterans

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For decades, the public drinking water supply at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina was contaminated with hazardous chemicals. Countless Veterans were unknowingly exposed to these chemicals. A new Department of Veterans Affairs rule makes it easier for Veterans to receive service connected disability compensation for diseases resulting from this exposure. The VA now presumes that eight medical conditions are the result of past service at Camp Lejeune. DO I QUALIFY FOR THE PRESUMPTION? If you were stationed at Camp Lejeune for …

Time to publicly oppose a bad plan for older adults and NC

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RALEIGH — This week, six bi-partisan NC Members of Congress publicly opposed the American Health Care Act, a House proposal, that if passed, could result in older adults paying up to $8,400 a year in added insurance premiums. Representatives Adams, Budd, Butterfield, Jones, Meadows,   and Price all oppose the plan. AARP members are urging Representatives Pittenger, Hudson, Holding, Walker, McHenry, Rouzer and Foxx, to stop supporting the “age tax” and higher insurance premiums, and join the rest of the NC …

Medicaid block grants — passing the buck without passing the bucks

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While it’s still a work in progress, the broad outline of proposed health care reforms is coming into focus in Congress. The measure as currently drafted holds huge ramifications for all Americans, including here in North Carolina. Many of those ramifications come from proposals to change Medicaid from its current form into a block grant program. State Medicaid Spending According to Rose Hoban of NC Health News, North Carolina’s share of Medicaid spending was a little over $3.5 billion last …

What proposed changes to federal health care law mean to North Carolinians

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ASHEVILLE, NC — Congressional leaders are looking to repeal or modify the Affordable Care Act, and House Republican leaders have presented a plan that has raised concerns on both sides of the political aisle including opposition from Congressman Mark Meadows and the conservative Freedom Caucus that he leads. Medicaid is a critical piece of the coverage puzzle Nearly 2 million North Carolinians were covered by Medicaid last year; of every $100 spent on Medicaid services, state government pays $34 and …

Are Representatives in tune with voters needs on changes to federal health care law?

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While existing health care law is by no means perfect, the most recent push – getting more people covered – certainly seems to have worked. Recent Census Bureau data shows far too many Americans, 29 million people, still lack coverage, but that’s 13 million fewer than before “Obamacare.’’ After six years of votes to repeal “Obamacare,’’ a GOP in control of the presidency and Congress seems to make its fate a given. However, six years of repeal-and-replace seems to have …

McHenry’s health care plans must meet the needs of Mountain Region voters

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By Jim Buchanan ASHEVILLE, NC — While existing health care law is by no means perfect, the most recent push – getting more people covered – certainly seems to have worked. Recent Census Bureau data shows far too many Americans, 29 million people, still lack coverage, but that’s 13 million fewer than before “Obamacare.’’ After six years of votes to repeal “Obamacare,’’ a GOP in control of the presidency and Congress seems to make its fate a given. However, six …

Charlotte area members and friends– take advantage of free learning opportunities in March

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Don’t miss some great chances to learn, meet others and have fun at these AARP events in March. Register for these free events today. The Road to Medicare Choosing a Medicare Plan is an important, but often overwhelming, decision. This program provides an overview of Medicare.  It is for those who are close to turning 65; considering retirement; have basic questions about Medicare; or want to sort out Medicare’s relationship with their employer’s group health plan. The presenter is a …

Better dialogue will lead to better public policy – AARP voters meet with their federal leaders

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RALEIGH — Contrary to this week’s reports of contentious Congressional town hall meetings over federal policy proposals, the North Carolina Congressional delegation held 13 productive meetings with teams of AARP volunteers. AARP volunteers in each district informed their elected official that certain health policy changes being proposed in Washington could have costly consequences on many of their constituents. AARP voters were eager to explain that the Congress must be careful not to destroy key consumer protections now in law. Some …

University of North Carolina Center for Health Innovation and AARP Collaborate on Digital Health Solutions for the 50+ Population

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The University of North Carolina (UNC) Center for Health Innovation and AARP are collaborating to launch a second Digital Health Innovation SprintTM in the Triangle of North Carolina to develop digital solutions to the problem of medication adherence in patients age 50 and over. The “Sprint” is a novel experience-based series of high-energy events designed to guide entrepreneurial-focused teams quickly through the process of maturing an idea and creating a prototype. Leveraging design thinking methodologies, the …

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide will provide free tax assistance and preparation through April 18

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RALEIGH – Beginning today through April 18, AARP Foundation is providing free tax assistance and preparation through its Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 49th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, offering free tax preparation help to anyone, especially those who are 50 and older, who cannot afford a tax preparation service Free Program Available at more than 5,000 locations Tax-Aide, which is offered free of charge, is available to AARP members and non-members …