AARP Calls for Online Dating Sites to Crack Down on Fraud after Americans Lose $82 Million to Scammers in Just Six Months.

Posted on 06/5/2015 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

Advocacy | Community | Home & Family | Livable Communities Launches Petition Supporting New Safeguards. With romance scammers using the Internet to rob Americans of an estimated $82 million in the last half of 2014, AARP’s Fraud Watch Network called on the online dating industry to institute new safeguards to better protect their users. AARP is also inviting its members and the general public to become involved in the campaign by signing an online petition. Demonstrating the ease with which online dating con artists currently operate, the June/July edition of …

Keep Senior Benefits Off the Chopping Block

Posted on 06/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Local Resources AARP advocates are concerned about the impact of declining energy revenues on services for older Alaskans. Gov. Bill Walker (I) has proposed a 20 percent cut in the state Senior Benefit Program, which supplements monthly income for residents 65 and older with low to moderate income. Such a move could hurt 11,000 Alaskans. Anticipating a budget battle during the 90-day legislative session that begins in January, AARP is building a network of activists to relay their concerns about this and …

AARP Alaska seeks nominations

Posted on 05/18/2015 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

Community | Home & Family | Volunteering AARP Alaska is seeking nominations for the AARP Andrus Award for Community Service. The Andrus Award is AARP’s most prestigious volunteer tribute which recognizes outstanding individuals who are sharing their experience, talents and skills to enrich the lives of others. The deadline for the Andrus Awards for Community Service is Wednesday, July 15. Review the eligibility guidelines and submit your nomination online.   Q: Who is eligible to be nominated? A: Nominees for the AARP State Andrus Award for Community …

Legislature should listen on Medicaid: Lawmakers continue to turn deaf ear despite public support, outcry

Posted on 05/4/2015 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

Uncategorized This editorial originally appeared in the April 19 edition of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner and was reprinted in the April 25 edition of the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman. Fairbanks Daily News-Miner Editorial The expansion of Medicaid to cover the thousands of Alaskans in the “doughnut hole” of low income between existing Medicaid coverage and subsidies under the federal Affordable Care Act has long been popular in Alaska despite its association with a president with low approval in the Last Frontier. It …

AARP Volunteers Deliver Thousands of Petitions, Hit Capitol Hill to Push for Better Health and Retirement Standards

Posted on 04/28/2015 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Money & Work FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 28, 2015 CONTACT: AARP Media Relations, 202-434-2560 AARP Volunteers Deliver Thousands of Petitions, Hit Capitol Hill to Push for Better Health and Retirement Standards. Visit Congress, US Department of Labor to Push Series of Issues Including New Retirement Advice Standard, Older Americans Act, Safe Streets Act, Caregiving, Social Security WASHINGTON, DC — Today AARP volunteers dropped off petitions containing more than 26,000 signatures at the U.S. Department of Labor in support of a conflict of interest …

Healthy Alaska Plan: Good for Alaskans

Posted on 04/24/2015 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

Advocacy by Terry Snyder Any person who loses their job has a tough time. For those ages 40 and older, circumstances are especially hard. Once unemployed, older workers are less likely to find new jobs than their younger counterparts, more likely to drop out of the labor force, and more likely to experience earnings and benefit losses—like affordable health coverage—if they do find work. We also have tens of thousands of hardworking Alaskans working in positions without health benefits who continue …