Does Your Toolbox Include Power of Attorney?

Posted on 07/23/2014 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

Advocacy By Ken Helander Alaskans place a very high value on independence. In a land that is often challenging, we are proud to be self-sufficient and prepared for the unexpected. Oftentimes, being prepared can mean having the right tools to meet the challenge. However, the right tools are not always a hammer, chainsaw, shovel or an axe. Sometimes they’re legal tools that help a person get through other difficulties. Among the most important of these is the ability to delegate power …

Are you a veteran? Share your story

Posted on 06/30/2014 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

Advocacy Congress created the Veterans History Project (VHP) in 2000 seeking to preserve and share the human experience from military service. The Veterans History Project is the largest oral-history collection in the United States. Originally funded by the U.S. Congress, AARP is the founding corporate sponsor of the Veterans History Project. The Project has collected more than 68,000 entries now archived in the Library of Congress. VHP is primarily an oral history program that collects and preserves the firsthand interviews of …

States move to support working family caregivers — added support will help Alaskans

Posted on 06/25/2014 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

Advocacy By Lynn Friss Feinberg |AARP Public Policy Institute Juggling work and family caregiving responsibilities is stressful, even overwhelming, because most workplaces aren’t “caregiver friendly.” I hear this all the time from my friends and colleagues who care for aging parents. Public policies can help working caregivers better manage their responsibilities so that they don’t have to choose between work and family caregiving. One way states can help is by providing legal protections from employment discrimination due to caregiving status. States …

Two new twists in returning medical scam

Posted on 06/23/2014 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

Advocacy by Sid Kirchheimer |AARP Blog Author | Remember those bogus offers for a free medical alert device? That robocall ripoff, which went viral last year, has returned with a vengeance — with two new twists. But don’t be fooled. It’s the same old scam that tries to get your credit or bank account information for supposed monitoring fees for the “free” device that never arrives. Provide that info and you risk identity theft. The latest twists: Some robocalls now also promise …

AARP supports Statewide Immunization Program

Posted on 06/18/2014 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

Advocacy At a bill signing ceremony this morning, Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell recognized AARP’s support of SB 169 – Statewide Immunization Program. Sen. Cathy Giessel sponsored the bill. SB 169 establishes a statewide vaccination program and creates a vaccine assessment commission with the Department of Health and Social Services. The purpose of the program is to monitor, purchase and distribute recommended vaccines to providers, making available universal access for all ages to vaccines. Originally, the legislation targeted only children, but AARP worked …

Helping People Find the Health Care Coverage They Need

Posted on 06/10/2014 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

Advocacy ANCHORAGE –Enrollment in Affordable Care Act “Obamacare” plans nearly doubled in the final month , but many who need insurance and would benefit from the Act’s provision have yet to enroll. Alaska’s advocates for the uninsured meet weekly to look for ways to build on the momentum and provide information to people who are without the health care they need. Open enrollment for ACA coverage ended in April, but people with a qualifying life event can still apply. That includes …