February 2015 AARP North Dakota Newsletter – Your Latest News

Posted on 01/25/2015 by | AARP North Dakota | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Check out the January-February 2015 AARP North Dakota News. Stories include: Times and places for Tax-Aide sites across the state. An invitation to our legislative “halftime reports” in early March in Grand Forks, Fargo, Minot and Bismarck. Hope to participate in our Friday legislative update calls. An update on health insurance enrollment, which ends Feb. 15. And the latest schedule of driver safety classes around the state. If you’d like to receive the newsletter by mail every month, email your …

Bill Provides Critical Support to State’s Family Caregivers

Posted on 01/16/2015 by | AARP North Dakota | Comments

Health & Wellbeing A bill introduced this week in the North Dakota Legislature would better support thousands of family caregivers in the state. The Caregiver, Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act (House Bill 1279), introduced by Rep. Alan J. Fehr (R-Dickinson), would help unpaid family caregivers navigate the health care system on behalf of their loved ones. “On any given day, 75,000 North Dakotans perform a great labor of love by caring for aging parents, spouses, or other family members and friends. They help …

Stay Warm and Cozy This Winter

Posted on 01/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Thousands of North Dakotans on fixed incomes may be eligible for help with home heating costs this winter through a federally funded program. Last year, more than 13,000 households in the state received assistance worth about $1,300 on average. About 70 percent of those households included either residents 60 and older, people with disabilities or children 5 and under. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program helps qualifying households pay their home heating costs. The program also covers furnace repair …

Health Insurance Marketplace Enrollment Now Open; Find Local Help in North Dakota Here

Posted on 11/25/2014 by | AARP North Dakota | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Open enrollment season for the Health Insurance Marketplace began Nov. 15 and runs until Feb. 15, 2015. You can take advantage of open enrollment whether you’re insured and looking for better coverage or if you don’t have insurance and need to enroll for the first time. Remember, the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) made obtaining health insurance coverage possible for millions of Americans. Regardless of your health history, you can’t be turned down for coverage. Please note: The Marketplace is not …

Are You Among North Dakota’s 75,000 Family Caregivers? Tell Us Your Caregiving Story

Posted on 11/25/2014 by | AARP North Dakota | Comments

Health & Wellbeing There’s a silent army of family caregivers in this country that includes more than 100,000 North Dakotans each year. These family caregivers work tirelessly, taking on a great labor of love to ensure that their loved ones – from spouses, siblings, parents, grandparents, and friends – can live independently, with dignity, at home. They’re always on call – often with no breaks or paid vacations. And their voices need to be heard. One of those voices might even be yours. …

Get Help with Medicare Open Enrollment

Posted on 10/14/2014 by | AARP North Dakota | Comments

Health & Wellbeing AARP encourages everyone with Medicare to take advantage of this year’s Medicare Open Enrollment period Oct. 15 through Dec. 7 to review their health and prescription drug plans for 2015. AARP wants people to know the Medicare plan changes that can be made, the four things to consider, and how to make changes. “Whether you have original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage plan, don’t miss this seven-week window to make changes to your insurance coverage,” said Nicole Duritz, AARP Vice …