— SENATE HEALTH CARE BILL UNFAIR AND UNAFFORDABLE FOR MAINERS A VOTE ON THE BILL COULD TAKE PLACE AS EARLY AS MONDAY OR TUESDAY (JULY 24 or 25) SO PLEASE URGE SENATOR COLLINS TO STAND STRONG FOR MAINE AND VOTE NO: CALL 1-844-226-7032 Click here to see a message from our State Director, Lori Parham, on the impact of this legislation for Maine: https://www.facebook.com/AARPMaine/videos/10154414533941706/     After working behind closed doors, Senate leadership finally released their health care bill – The Better …

—   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 …

— 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 …