— About 178,000 Mainers serve as family caregivers, providing services worth $2.2 billion annually for their parents, spouses and other adults. Such services include preparing meals, managing medications, help with bathing and transportation to medical appointments. In addition, a recent AARP study showed U.S. family caregivers spend nearly 20 percent of their income on caregiving activities, contributing on average nearly $7,000 annually to their loved ones’ care. The costs are much higher if the loved one has dementia or lives far …

— This week the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee held a public hearing for LD 1232, An Act to Require the Secretary of State to Automatically Register Nonregistered Persons Who are Qualified to Vote through Records of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. Automatic voter registration does not replace the currently available voter registration system such as going to the City Clerk to register in person, registering through the mail or at the polls on Election Day. The bill provides an additional opportunity …

— This week at the State House included our bi-weekly Tuesday at the State House, testimony on six bills of interest, a very successful press conference and a legislative update at our monthly Bangor Coffee. Tuesday at the State House Two dozen AARP members proudly wore their red t-shirts at the State House this Tuesday, continuing our bi-weekly event to engage members with the legislative process. The day began with a line out the door and across the parking lot to …

— This week at the State House included ongoing committee work, engrossed laws and the centennial of World War I. Ongoing Committee Work This week AARP submitted testimony in support of LD 1060, Resolve, Directing the Department of Administrative and Financial Services To Convene a Cybersecurity Commission. The AARP Fraud Watch Network (FWN) provides free scam alerts, fraud tips and educational content including provides free online resources for consumers can test cyber security vulnerability for themselves or family members. A recent …

— This was a great week at the State House. Tuesdays at the State House continue to grow Nearly 30 AARP members joined us for our bi-weekly Tuesdays at the State House event. Members are joining us who have never been to the State House before and are quickly learning their way around the parking garage, the Cross Building and the State House. Welcomed by the House The Maine House of Representatives stood and welcomed us with a round of applause …

— AARP Maine Tuesdays at the State House is an easy and accessible way for AARP members to be present and comfortable with the workings of the Maine State House.  Would you like to join us?  Every other Tuesday, we get together as a group so we can learn about the inner-workings of the State House, meet our legislators, attend committee hearings and discuss our legislative priorities. Send an email to me@aarp.org and we’ll let you know how to sign up! …

— RECAP of the American Healthcare Act Voices of Americans were heard when the Controversial bill was pulled. by David Frank, Mary C. Hickey, AARP, March 24, 2017 with additional copy provided by AARP Maine The much-anticipated vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) — touted as a plan to repeal and replace Obamacare — was postponed indefinitely on Friday, March 24th, after leaders of the House of Representatives determined they did not have the votes to pass it. AARP, which …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— 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 …