— Welcome to Fall!  A message from AARP Maine State Director, Lori Parham:   Can it already by autumn?  If you are like me, you are wondering where the time has gone as we head into one of the most beautiful seasons of the year. AARP Maine staff and volunteers have been hard at work all summer, particularly on health care as we followed the Senate and the roller-coaster ride of health care bills and votes.  I want to acknowledge those …

— By Guest Blogger, Betty Balderston, Maine Legal Services for the Elderly Elder abuse is a growing problem throughout the U.S. and in Maine. Studies show that 11-24 percent of people over the age of 60 experience some form of abuse or neglect each year. Maine is the oldest state in the U.S., and over 30,000 older Mainers are victims of elder abuse.  According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, nearly 90 percent of abusers are family members. All of …

— AARP Maine thanks U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King for standing strong for Maine and voting NO! WASHINGTON, DC—Reacting to today’s defeat of the Senate’s ‘skinny’ repeal bill, AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond released the following statement: “Today’s vote is a victory for Americans age 50-plus.  The ‘skinny’ bill the Senate defeated would have dramatically increased health care costs, caused millions to lose their health coverage, and destabilized the insurance market.  “We thank Senators Collins, McCain, and Murkowski, …

— DEFEATED SENATE HEALTH CARE BILL WAS UNFAIR AND UNAFFORDABLE FOR MAINERS AARP Maine was opposed to this deeply flawed legislation after analysis showed that it would have a disastrous impact on Mainers 50 and older.  During the crucial weeks of June and July, when a vote was imminent and the pressure on Senators across the country was mounting, volunteers, staff and local residents met with both Senator Collins and Senator King to express our concerns.  AARP Maine urged both Senators …

—   AARP Maine’s Live Tele-Town Hall with US Senator Angus King on Health Care Reveals Senate Bill’s Impact for Mainers 50+   Ten Thousand AARP Members Participate, Deep Concerns Raised   PORTLAND: Tonight, US Senator Angus King participated in a live AARP Maine-sponsored tele-town hall. The discussion focused on the newly-released Senate health care bill (The Better Care Reconciliation Act) and the impact the legislation could have on Mainers 50+.  Ten thousand AARP members from across the state joined the …

—     CONTACT: Jane Margesson, AARP Maine Communications Director (207) 229-5628 or jmargesson@aarp.org   Health Care Proposals Are Deeply Unpopular Among Maine’s Largest Voting Block   Large Majorities of Older Voters Across Party Lines Oppose the Age Tax, Removal of Pre-existing Condition Protections, Cuts to Medicare and Medicaid   PORTLAND — AARP Maine today released new survey data highlighting the deep divide between Americans and Washington politicians over  health care policies important to older Americans. “Health care is a deeply …

— The American Health Care Act: What it Means for Maine You may have read the latest articles in the news or watched the televised reports and debates about the American Health Care Act (AHCA).  It can be difficult to wade through the details and discern what the bill will mean for Mainers in need of health insurance, Medicaid (including long-term services and supports), and Medicare.  We hope the following summary will be helpful and that you will contact our office …

— Summer 2017 is finally here! We are excited to send you our latest e-newsletter about our work in Maine and hope you will stay in touch with us in the months ahead. I want to begin this edition by acknowledging those of you who have contacted us with your questions and concerns over proposals included in the American Health Care Act (AHCA).  The bill passed the House of Representatives several weeks ago and now awaits action in the Senate.  AARP …

— 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 …