Tax Relief for Nebraskans with Social Security Benefits

Posted on 07/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy Fewer Nebraskans will pay state tax on Social Security income under a new law. Taxpayers whose adjusted gross income for 2015 is less than $58,000 per couple or $43,000 per individual will be exempt from state taxes on benefits. The law also indexes tax brackets for inflation, so taxpayers won’t end up in a higher bracket in the future simply because they receive cost-of-living increases. AARP Nebraska had long advocated these changes. Previously, Nebraska was one of six states that …

Nebraska falls short on services for older Nebraskans, caregivers

Posted on 06/19/2014 by | AARP Nebraska | Comments

Advocacy While Nebraska ranks 20th overall when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents, AARP warns much more must be done, at an accelerated pace, to improve across-the-board. This is the conclusion of a new, comprehensive state-by-state Scorecard from AARP with support of the nation’s leading organizations behind quality long-term care, The Commonwealth Fund and SCAN Foundation.   For Nebraska, the report flagged the cost of home care; adequacy of the in-home services workforce; balance in state …

20,000 more Nebraskans 65+ qualify for property tax relief

Posted on 05/5/2014 by | AARP Nebraska | Comments

Advocacy Fortunately for thousands of older Nebraskans, more property tax relief is on the way. The Nebraska Legislature approved a measure this session broadening the income eligibility for the homestead exemption. LB 986 extends property tax relief to an additional 20,000 homeowners age 65 and older and increases the amount of relief for an additional 10,000 people. The bill is estimated to bring $4.6 million in homestead exemptions to older Nebraskans. “Property taxes are considered by many retirees in Nebraska to …

Apply now for AARP Foundation Americorps Vista position in Lincoln!

Posted on 04/3/2014 by | AARP Nebraska | Comments

Advocacy Would you like to help struggling older adults put healthy food on their tables? Would you like to develop a set of skills that will benefit you while working for a world-class nonprofit? Then consider a year-long opportunity as an AARP Foundation AmeriCorps VISTA in partnership with the New York City Coalition Against Hunger.  This position will be stationed at the AARP Nebraska state office in Lincoln.   Position Description: Convene community leaders and members to identify SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition …

Budget proposal shifts costs to seniors and future retirees

Posted on 04/2/2014 by | AARP Nebraska | Comments

Advocacy AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond released the following statement in reaction to House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s FY2015 budget proposal: “As AARP reviews the details of Chairman Ryan’s proposals, we encourage members of Congress to consider the impact on real people when looking for ways to address our nation’s financial challenges. “Chairman Ryan’s proposed budget fails to address the high costs of health care and instead shifts costs onto seniors and future retirees. Repealing the benefits of the …

AARP stands with 54,000 uninsured Nebraskans

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

Advocacy Last week, a minority of state senators filibustered the Wellness in Nebraska Act, which would have provided federally-funded health care coverage to 54,000 low-income adults who can’t afford to buy insurance. While the legislation won’t advance this year,  AARP Nebraska and other supporters are looking ahead to achieve success in 2015. Today, we joined state senators, health care advocates and uninsured individuals at a State Capitol news conference in support of affordable healthcare for all Nebraskans. Afterwards, AARP volunteers distributed …