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— Under the current U.S. House plan to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), about 454,000 Floridians age 50-64 enrolled and receiving tax credits in the ACA Marketplace would see higher health-coverage premiums than they pay under current law, more than in any other state, an AARP analysis shows. If implemented today, for older Americans 50-64,  the reduction in tax credits  would range from about $830 a year to about $5,850 a year for the ACA Marketplace “Silver plan” health coverage, …

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— Tallahassee, Fla.  – AARP Florida will oppose legislative proposals that would allow Florida electric utility companies, including Florida Power & Light, to use residential customers’ money to finance exploration and drilling ventures seeking natural gas in other states. AARP’s Florida advocacy manager, Jack McRay, announced AARP’s position in remarks before the Florida Senate Communications, Energy and Public Utilities committee Tuesday.  The committee is one of several state legislative committees considering SB 1238, by Sen. Aaron Beach, R-Jacksonville. Its companion bill …

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— Take Action Now! Tell Your State Senator “Vote No!” on SB 1238 The proposed Utility Investment in Gas Reserves legislation (Senate Bill 1238) by Senator Bean could cost residential ratepayers millions. If passed, this bill would set up a regulatory framework that would allow public utilities (Florida Power & Light, Duke Energy, Tampa Electric and Gulf Power) to invest in oil and gas exploration (which involves fracking) in other states and recoup the cost from residential customers. Under this legislation, …

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— In case you didn’t hear, Miami-Dade County just got a little friendlier … age friendly, that is. On Feb. 22, Miami-Dade County and the Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative became official members of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, a network of over 149 cities and communities nationwide that are committed to promoting greater health, well-being, and quality of life for people of all ages. Miami-Dade is the fifth largest such community in the U.S. Makes sense that the home to the …

— Team up with the Miami Dolphins and AARP Foundation for the 4th Annual Million Meal Pack. All packaged meals will be delivered primarily to older adults in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Together we can improve the quality of life for South Floridians! Volunteers will enjoy music, football activities, a chance to win prizes and will receive a free t-shirt. Various volunteer shifts are available for all ages. The Rick Case Arena at Nova Southeastern University 3301 College Ave. …

— By Michelle Cerulli McAdams Others may dread tax season, but Rebecca Bachman, of Homosassa, says she looks forward to it every year. As a volunteer tax preparer and a state coordinator for the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program in Florida, Bachman, 68, has been helping residents file their taxes since joining the program in 1998. She is one of approximately 3,000 Tax-Aide volunteers in the state and about 35,000 volunteers nationwide. “There are lots of hugs exchanged. People are so grateful,” …

— The city of Satellite Beach has shown its ­­­dedication to age-friendly living by encouraging more walkable streets, easy-access beach paths and universal design homes as a few of its top priorities. The east coast beach town has a population of 10,418, of which 28 percent are age 60 or older. In 2007, Vice Mayor Mark Brimer and Fire Chief Donald Hughes created a senior fall prevention program and it quickly became a top priority due to the demographic make up …

—   St. Petersburg, Fla. – An overwhelming 89 percent of St. Petersburg residents think their city is a good place to live as they grow older, a new survey by AARP Florida reveals. But there are aspects of living longer in St. Petersburg that could be better, and a new city initiative launching Feb. 11 – part of a global movement to prepare for longer lifespans — aims to identify and improve those areas. The survey, conducted in 2016, is …

Affordable Utilities Now!

— St. Petersburg, Fla. – AARP Florida State Director Jeff Johnson issued the following statement urging AARP members and other consumers in the Panhandle to raise their voices on a proposed $106.8 million Gulf Power Co. rate increase. “AARP believes this proposed rate increase asks too much of residential ratepayers,” Johnson said.  The Gulf Power proposal would increase the fixed charge portion of bill, he noted, which is the amount that ratepayers pay regardless of whether they use any electricity. “That …

— Love is in the air this month. And on Feb. 6, it’s in the theater here in Miami too. So is AARP’s love, sex and relationship expert, Dr. Pepper Schwartz. Register here to explore “Love & Relationships in the Movies … and in our Lives” with Dr. Schwartz on Monday, Feb. 6. She’ll be sharing stories and clips from her favorite movies about love, sex and relationships. AARP in Miami is hosting this FREE* evening, which includes light refreshments, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the …