— About 56,000 Hawaii residents will lose health care coverage by 2022 under the Senate’s health care bill, according to a new analysis of the legislation by the AARP Public Policy Institute. The bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act caps spending on Medicaid and cuts $772 billion in federal Medicaid spending, shifting costs to states, state taxpayers and families. AARP estimates Hawaii would lose $1.9 billion in total federal and state Medicaid funding from FY2020 to FY 2026. …

— Hawaii’s 154,000 family caregivers have more support when a loved one – such as a parent, spouse or friend – goes into the hospital because the CARE (Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable) Act is now a law as of  July 1. AARP is launching a public awareness campaign that will inform people about the support the CARE Act provides to family caregivers. The campaign also celebrates family caregivers and lets family caregivers know about some of the resources available to help …

— Jeanne Schultz Afuvai became a family caregiver when her husband suffered a stroke that led to heart and kidney problems and left him unable to swallow. For nearly 10 years he was in and out of the hospital and each time it was stressful. Even after her husband left the hospital, she had to perform the medical tasks needed after discharge. “It’s an emotional and confusing time, especially when your loved one is being discharged and it ends up being …

— Hawaii ranks among the top states when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents and people with disabilities, but more needs to be done especially as Baby Boomers reach their 80s and the number of people who can provide family caregiving services decreases dramatically. Despite the high ranking (7th), AARP says Hawaii still needs to do more, at an accelerated pace, to meet the changing demographic demands of an older population. This, according to a new, …

— AARP wants to make sure an estimated 154,000 family caregivers in Hawaii are aware of a new law and how it affects them. The Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act, which will take effect July 1, aims to improve communication between hospitals and caregivers. The law allows every hospital patient to designate a family caregiver. It requires hospitals to record the caregiver’s contact information, keep the caregiver informed when the patient is transferred or discharged, and provide instruction for the …

— AARP Hawaii is accepting nominations for its 2017 Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors Hawaii residents, 50 and older, who are sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community members. “AARP Hawaii is excited to shine a light on 50+ Hawaii residents who are using what they’ve learned in life to make a difference in the lives around them,” said Jackie Boland, Community Outreach Director for AARP Hawaii. A volunteer committee will evaluate the …

— When former U.S. Sen. Daniel Kahikina Akaka presented his namesake award for outstanding service to seniors to AARP Hawaii, State Director Barbara Kim Stanton made sure to credit AARP’s volunteers and supporters. She insisted on a group picture with the volunteers in red shirts and supporters in the state Legislature. “This award is clearly a tribute to our volunteers as they are critical to AARP Hawaii’s success in all areas,” Stanton said as Sen. Akaka presented the award during Kupuna …

— UPDATE: Here’s a video of the Oahu Town Hall Meeting   AARP Hawaii is holding a series of “Protect Medicare” Town Hall and Community Meetings in Honolulu, Wailuku and Hilo to talk about proposals in Congress to change Medicare in ways that could dramatically increase health care costs and risks for current and future retirees. AARP has launched a nationwide campaign to reject a proposal to turn Medicare into a voucher system (aka “premium support”) that would raise costs for seniors …

— 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 …

— AARP Hawaii advocacy volunteers from across the state descended on the state Capitol Tuesday to talk with lawmakers about AARP Hawaii’s legislative priorities for the 2017 session. The volunteers, dressed in red AARP shirts, hosted a coffee hour for lawmakers and their staff, then fanned out in groups to speak with key representatives and senators in the afternoon. AARP Hawaii’s legislative priorities this session are to pass a resolution to create a task group to come up with ways to …