— AARP Applauds Withdrawal of Health Bill Press Center, March 24, 2017 Media Contacts: AARP Media Relations, media@aarp.org, 202-434-2560, @AARPMedia WASHINGTON, DC  — In a statement today, AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond applauded the withdrawal of the House health care legislation that would have harmed millions of older Americans and their families: “The leadership’s decision to withdraw the bill from consideration proves that the voices of Americans are very powerful. This harmful legislation would have added an Age Tax on older …

— Learn how to start or grow your small business from fellow entrepreneurs. Live SBA Entrepreneur webinar takes place on Tuesday, April 18th at 7 p.m. ET Looking to turn your unique talents, hobbies or skills into a small business? Or if you’ve already started a business, are you searching for ideas to keep your dreams of success on track? Register for the AARP webinar, From Passion to Profit, and learn from our panel of innovative and inspiring entrepreneurs as they share …

— As the health care debate continues in DC, legislative committees here in Augusta continue to work hard for the people of Maine. This week AARP testified in support of a number of bills including LD 876, Resolve, to Increase Pedestrian Crosswalk Safety, LD 669, An Act to Address the Unmet Workforce Needs of Employers and to Improve the Economic Future of Workers, and LD 133, An Act to Support Lower Property Taxes by Restoring State-Municipal Revenue Sharing. Pedestrian Safety LD …

— Distracted Driving 101: It May Save Your Life Making a call on your phone. Changing the radio station. Turning to talk to kids in the back seat. These are minor tasks, but distracted driving can lead to the same devastating results as driving under the influence. Are your habits—or those of your loved one—putting you at risk? Now you can do something about it. Register now for the AARP webinar, Distracted Driving 101 on April 24, 2017 at 7 p.m. ET, …

— Don’t fall for the jury duty scam. This is when you get a call, supposedly from the courthouse, claiming you failed to show up for jury duty and you face a fine or immediate arrest. The fraudster will typically demand the victim pay by wire transfer or a prepaid card. These forms of payment should always raise alarm bells. If you have questions about jury duty, contact the court clerk in the county where your service was to take place. …

— Scams and frauds are on the rise, but Mainers can take active steps to protect themselves and their families!  AARP Maine is once again collaborating with the Maine Sheriff’s Association to host free shredding events and medicine disposal events.  Please join us and bring your friends and family! Would you like to volunteer with us for one of these events?  Shredding events are fun, too!  Call Jane at 1-866-554-5380 or email me@aarp.org for information. SHRED IT! Bring all sensitive paperwork that includes account …

— Please join us!  AARP Maine and People’s United Bank are hosting an open house on Friday, March 24th from 11-1PM featuring special guest Maine Attorney General, The Honorable Janet Mills.  We are teaming up to fight fraud in Maine and we hope you will stop in at the People’s United Bank at 467 Congress Street in Portland. RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/aarp-fraud-watch-network-with-maine-attorney-general-janet-mills-tickets-32539975944 **Parking at Elm Street Garage will be validated** **Refreshments will be served** The event will include demonstrations of a unique, interactive …

— This week’s snowstorm cancelled our Tuesday at the State House. The House and Senate met briefly on Tuesday morning and the State House closed at 12:30 and remained closed on Wednesday. The House and Senate convened on Thursday and will continue their ongoing work on bills and the budget next week. AARP Maine members gathered at a number of events this week. On Wednesday morning we met at Lisa’s Restaurant in Augusta for our monthly coffee klatch. AARP bought a …

—   DATE: March 16, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact:      Jane Margesson, AARP Maine Communications Director (207) 229-5628 or jmargesson@aarp.org         AARP Maine Attending PUC Community Meetings on Deregulation of Basic Landline Telephone Service in 5 Towns, Urges Outreach to Local Residents   PORTLAND: Beginning this spring, FairPoint customers in five of Maine’s most populous towns will start to see changes in their basic landline telephone service as new deregulation measures are rolled out.  The changes can be …

—   DATE: March 14, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact:      Jane Margesson, AARP Maine Communications Director (207) 229-5628 or jmargesson@aarp.org                  University of Maine, AARP Maine Report on Fiscal Impact of Insufficient Retirement Savings Improved Retirement Savings for Workers Could Save the State $15.6 Million by 2032   PORTLAND: New research by the University of Maine commissioned by AARP Maine reveals the fiscal impact of inadequate retirement savings in the state.  “The Fiscal Implications …