— 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 …

— June 23, 2017 2017 AARP Alaska Health Care Survey: Little Support for the Proposed Health Care Bill In a survey released in June 2017,  just one-third of likely voters in Alaska (33%) support the American Health Care Act, which recently passed the U.S. House of Representatives and is currently being debated in the Senate. A sizeable number of likely voters (15%) say they do not know whether they support or oppose the bill. A majority of likely voters also oppose …

— AARP members can hit a home run just by making reservations for AARP Day at the Ballpark on Saturday, July 1, when the Mat-Su Miners take on the Anchorage All Stars. All AARP members who register in advance can reserve up to four free seats for themselves and their family members and friends. The game will be at Hermon Brothers Field at the Alaska State Fairgrounds in Palmer, starting at 7 p.m. An AARP volunteer will sing the national anthem, …

— For everyone who has endured the humbling experience of repeatedly asking kids and grandchildren how to use their smartphones or tablets, AARP Alaska and the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) have a solution. Volunteer professors will offer a free half-day technology workshop at the UAS Juneau campus on Thursday, May 11. Attendees can bring their own devices. In addition to Apple and Android basics, the topics may include social media, syncing email on multiple devices, managing digital images, searching the …

— Many people worry about remaining financially secure after leaving the workforce, but, according to the Employee Benefit Research Institute, less than half of U.S. workers report that they or their spouse ever tried to calculate how much money they would need to live comfortably in retirement. To help people plan, AARP Alaska is offering free lunch sessions on financial security. The classes will be at the AARP state office in Anchorage on March 9 and 23, April 13 and 27, …

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— About 85,000 Alaskans provide unpaid services worth about $1.2 billion a year to help a family member or friend age in place rather than move into a nursing home. “Caregiving is inherently stressful, and it is crucial that caregivers have access to information that can help them feel more confident in that role,” said Ken Helander, AARP state advocacy director. In order to get useful information out to the state’s vast rural areas, AARP Alaska will host a tele-town hall …

— FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 10, 2016 CONTACT: AARP Media Relations, 202-434-2560, media@aarp.org, @AARPMedia Statement by AARP’s John Hishta on Presidential Debate: Presidential Candidates and Moderators Leave Voters Guessing on Social Security WASHINGTON, DC — “Opinions on who won Sunday night’s Presidential debate will vary but who lost is clear: the millions of American voters who want to understand how the candidates would keep Social Security strong for future generations,” AARP Senior Vice President, Campaigns, John Hishta said. “The debate was …

— Discrimination can lead to financial insecurity and isolation for many LGBT older adults. In Alaska, an AARP-backed coalition recently joined SAGE (Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders), a national advocacy group with affiliates in 21 states. SAGE aims to ensure inclusion, security and quality of life for older LGBT adults and pursues policies to address their needs. “LGBT seniors are five times less apt to use senior services for fear of discrimination or not being accepted,” …

— FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE           September 28, 2016   CONTACT: Ann Secrest asecrest@aarp.org 907-762-3302 or 907-230-6072   VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR AARP FOUNDATION TAX-AIDE PROGRAM AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance service ANCHORAGE, AK – AARP Foundation is looking to expand its team of volunteers for the upcoming tax season by recruiting interested individuals. Tax-Aide is an AARP Foundation program that offers free tax filing help for those who need it most, especially adults 50 and older, …

— The popular Sitka Arts & Science Festival, which features weeklong workshops for people interested in creative arts and nature, offers discount registration fees to AARP members. Participants can study photography, writing, ancient weaving techniques or sewing with fish skins. They can create music in a temperate rain forest or explore the science of rivers and watersheds. Tuition includes meals, lectures, excursions and other events, as well as accommodations on the historic campus. Two sessions are available, July 16-23 and July …