— Saturday, July 29 – Sunday, July 30, 2017: Denver Dragon Boat Festival The Colorado Dragon Boat Festival in Sloan’s Lake Park has become a popular cultural bonanza in Denver over the past 17 years. Denver’s 5280 Magazine declared it “one of Colorado’s greatest festivals.” This year’s Dragon Boat Festival, scheduled July 29–30, 2017, promises to be the biggest and best yet.  Check out our AARP Block Party tent, which travels to many cities, visiting events all across the country. From skateboarding and lip-syncing to dancing and fashion tips for …

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— AARP Colorado is pleased to report its 2017 legislative activities. All bills referenced here were signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper unless otherwise noted. Bills with an asterisk (*) note a priority vote. For more information, click here. But first, save the following dates and come meet with us and share your views at AARP on Tour. Join AARP Colorado staff and volunteers to discuss AARP legislative priorities. Good conversation and light refreshments guaranteed. All forums are free and open to the public: Friday, …

— The following was sent in a letter from AARP to members of Congress. The undersigned organizations, representing patients, consumers, and health care providers, write to express grave concern about potential changes to the fundamental structure and purpose of Medicaid, a vital source of health care for patients with ongoing health needs. Proposals to phase out Medicaid expansion and implement per capita caps or block grants, like those included in the American Health Care Act (AHCA), HR 1628, threaten the ability of …

— Greetings one and all… This morning I am particularly thankful for my home, my family, and my life. I’m not surprised. Gratitude often grows in the aftermath of adversity—one of the blessings to be embraced following challenging times in life. No doubt, the past 4 months have certainly been challenging for my family and me. In addition to a nonstop schedule of presentations and events, two of our beloved cats recently died of renal failure following months of intensive care. …

— AARP applauds the withdrawal of the American Health Care Act. It would’ve been a boon for special interests, not a plan to improve care for Coloradans. The decision to pull the bill from consideration on March 24 in the U.S. House of Representatives shows Americans have the ability to make themselves heard. That bill would have added an “age tax” on older Americans and put vulnerable populations — including tens of thousands of Hispanics — at risk. The “age tax” would have cost older consumers thousands of dollars a …

— Please call your elected officials and tell them to vote NO on the AHCA. The proposed health care legislation, known as the American Health Care Act, will hurt older adults and the disabled. Among other things, the law would: Impose an unfair and unacceptable “age tax.” Cost taxpayers billions when the AHCA turns Medicaid into block grants and shifts the costs to states. Force 24 million Americans to lose health coverage, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Follow the instructions below and …

— If you were to ask a typical Colorado resident how to fix health care in America, you can be sure he or she would not suggest that Washington allow insurance companies to price people out of affordable coverage. Yet, Congress is now considering the American Health Care Act – a bill that would do just that. The bill would impose an “age tax” on older Americans. That means people in their 50s and 60s who are buying health insurance on …

— How can a 64-year-old making $26,500 a year afford to have his health care premiums jump from $1,700 to $14,600 a year (a whopping 758 percent increase)? He can’t. That’s the reason AARP is strongly opposed to the American Health Care Act (AHCA) and why we’re doubling down on efforts to stop it in its tracks. It’s an outrage that anyone in the U.S. Congress could expect people over age 50 to pay thousands more for health coverage. Even more …

— AARP urges you to oppose House Joint Resolution 66 and 67. They revoke a rule and guidance providing states and cities with the flexibility to set up retirement savings options for small businesses and their employees. House Joint Resolutions 66 and 67 represent the kind of federal overreach we expect Colorado senators to oppose. Urge Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner to protect state flexibility on retirement savings programs by asking leadership not to take up Joint Resolutions 66 and 67, and …

— On behalf of more than 660,000 AARP members in Colorado, we are pleased to share the link to all the bills we are tracking in the Colorado legislature.  Our positions are as follows: Strongly Support Support Monitor Oppose and Strongly Oppose  When we strongly support or oppose a bill we testify and actively work on it. Of the 43 bills we are currently tracking, we are strongly supporting: House Bill 17- 1116,  Continue Low –income Household Energy Assistance Senate Bill 17-057, Colorado …

— This has been a busy week for President Donald Trump. He’s been signing executive orders, holding high-level meetings — and tweeting up a storm. All of this makes it clear that our 45th president is eager to deliver quickly on the promises he made during his campaign. At AARP, we’re focusing on one important promise: The pledge he made not to cut Medicare. Older voters were instrumental in electing President Trump and the Republican Congress. Now those voters are counting …