— ICYMI: AARP in Your Community – York On May 24, York County members relived history at the city’s William C. Goodridge Freedom Center—an important stop on the nation’s underground railroad during the 19th century.  The historic property and museum served as the setting for a reception and educational program that attracted 115 AARP members. The highlight of the program was a presentation by a living history interpreter portraying the character of William C. Goodridge, a former slave who risked his …

— A number of events are planned in Bismarck-Mandan as part of a new partnership between AARP North Dakota and the Missouri Valley Family YMCA to promote healthy living and volunteerism in Bismarck-Mandan. The kick-off event for this partnership is the AARP-YMCA Community Picnic and Volunteer Fair, taking place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 22, at Sleepy Hollow Park. At the picnic you will be able to learn more about this partnership. You’ll also hear about opportunities to join pickleball classes, …

— WASHINGTON, DC—As the US House Budget Committee plans to markup the budget bill, AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond released the following statement in opposition to House Republicans’ Budget Blueprint:    “AARP urges Congress to reject harmful changes that would have a negative impact on health security and the vital programs that serve older Americans.  AARP urges you to oppose efforts to cut Medicaid and turn Medicare into a voucher-type program that would shift costs and risks to older Americans. We …

— By: Greg Marchildon, AARP Vermont State Director Legislation has consequences. The most recent Senate Bill — Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) – poses devastating repercussions for thousands of Vermonters.  It’s no better than the House proposal and certainly not “Better Care” in any way, shape or form! This bill would increase costs and risks for Vermonters, including: seniors, children and adults with disabilities, all of us with pre-existing conditions, and especially people age 50-64. But, let’s start with Vermont taxpayers …

— Sometimes legislation in Congress has unintended consequences.  This is one of those times. The proposed Senate health care bill would increase costs and risks for individuals in Wyoming including: seniors, children and adults with disabilities, people with pre-existing conditions, and those ages 50-64. But, let’s start with Wyoming’s taxpayers. As it stands, the proposed bill would drastically cut federal funding for Medicaid which supports health programs for vulnerable Americans, in Wyoming. Such a huge loss of funds, in total $772 …

—     I wish these written letters could morph into the sounds they signify,  then you’d get the genuine sound of . . . what to call it? It’s not really abuse – but it’s not really respect, either, and it shoots to hell the declaration of “dignity,” which many – all, really – LTC facilities claim as their “holy grail.” After all, we are “elders,” with all the sacrosanct connotations the word embraces. Me? I’m eighty-four. A decrepit vessel …

— by Susan Reinhard, Jean Accius, Lynda Flowers and Ari Houser AARP Public Policy Institute July 13, 2017 The Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) now under consideration in the Senate would drastically alter Alaska’s Medicaid program. The proposed Senate bill would change the way the federal government currently funds Medicaid by limiting federal funding and shifting cost over time to both states and Medicaid enrollees. The BCRA would subject older adults, adults with disabilities, Medicaid expansion adults, and non-disabled children under age …

— This fall, boomers who are looking for meaning and direction, or are interested in exploring encores, have several new options–right here in the Twin Cities. See below to learn more about these programs, and how to apply. University of Minnesota Advanced Careers (UMAC) initiative UMAC brings boomers to campus for a period of self-reflection and learning as they figure out the next stage of their lives. This two semester fellowship experience is an innovative pathway to transition from career jobs into …

— Updated July 18: AARP is encouraged that Senators from both sides stood up to a bad bill that would have raised premiums and caused millions to lose coverage. Read more here. Senate leadership has unveiled its version of a replacement for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), producing a bill that would allow insurers to charge older Americans extra for coverage while reducing subsidies and slashing Medicaid, which provides health care to 1 in 5 Americans. We thank Maryland’s U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and …

— The “Protect Patients First” national tour made a stop in West Virginia on Thursday, July 13. The tour, which launched in early June in Cleveland, aims to inform the public and help persuade senators to reject harmful health care proposals under consideration in Washington. “Protect Patients First” is a national coalition of groups that includes patients, doctors, hospitals and several leading national organizations that are advocating for better health care.  The groups – including AARP, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action …