Low-income seniors receive help from the Food Bank of Alaska

Posted on 03/3/2015 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

Home & Family | Local Resources | Volunteering Seniors like Janet and her husband Jim make up 13% of the Alaskans who need a little help with food each month. The Food Bank of Alaska distributes food boxes to more than 1,600 seniors every month in not only Anchorage, Mat-Su, and Kenai but also in rural locations from Wrangell to Copper Center. If you are a low-income senior who could benefit from this program or if you know a senior who could benefit, please contact Sandy Mitchell at …

AARP Alaska Legislative Update, March 2, 2015

Posted on 03/3/2015 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family Bills We’re Watching HB5 Conservator of Protected Persons: Passed (H); awaiting hearing in (S) JUD. HB8 Powers of Attorney: Awaiting hearing in (H) RULES. SB1 Regulation of Smoking: Held in (S) HSS. SB12 Paid Sick Leave: Awaiting hearing in (S) L&C. Issues We’re Watching Budget: cuts to Senior Benefit Program: Finance Committees (S and H) Budget: cuts to Adult Day Programs: Finance Committees (S and H) Medicaid expansion: House stripping issue from budget, to introduce stand-alone bill. Bills in Detail …

AARP Alaska Legislative Update, March 2, 2015

Posted on 03/2/2015 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

Advocacy Bills We’re Watching HB5 Conservator of Protected Persons: Passed (H); awaiting hearing in (S) JUD. HB8 Powers of Attorney: Awaiting hearing in (H) RULES. SB1 Regulation of Smoking: Held in (S) HSS. SB12 Paid Sick Leave: Awaiting hearing in (S) L&C.   Issues We’re Watching Budget: cuts to Senior Benefit Program: Finance Committees (S and H) Budget: cuts to Adult Day Programs: Finance Committees (S and H) Medicaid expansion: House stripping issue from budget, to introduce stand-alone bill.   Bills …

Online tool breaks down real cost of medical care for consumers

Posted on 02/26/2015 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Health care costs in Alaska are now transparent through this online tool. Kaiser Health News reported on February 26 that a new online tool “shows the average local cost for 70 common diagnoses and medical tests in most states.” The tool shows the “real cost — not ‘charges’ that often get marked down — based on a giant database of what insurance companies actually pay.” According to the article “Guroo should shed new light on the country’s opaque, complex and …

Advocacy Update from AARP Alaska (2/25/2015)

Posted on 02/25/2015 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

Advocacy Here are the bills AARP Alaska is watching (Updated February 25, 2015) House Bill 5 Conservator of Protected Persons Sponsor(s) REPRESENTATIVES HAWKER, Hughes. The bill would expand the pool of persons eligible to be appointed by the court to serve as a “conservator” of an incapacitated person’s finances to include persons related by marriage or adoption (currently just blood relations are eligible). AARP supports this bill. Current status updated 2/25: This bill passed in the House on 2/25. It now …

Support Medicaid Expansion in Alaska

Posted on 02/25/2015 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing The Anchorage Caucus will be at the Loussac Library in midtown on Saturday, Feb 28 from 1:00 – 5:00 pm listening to public testimony about issues that are important to their constituents. Please invite your friends and family to come and testify in support of Medicaid Expansion in Alaska!Visit: http://getcoveredalaska.org/event/come-support-medicaid-expansion-in-alaska/ Questions? Email: oe@alaskapca.org or call 907-929-8109