— 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 …

—   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 …

— 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 landline telephone service as new deregulation measures are rolled out.  The changes can be confusing. AARP Maine is working to ensure that local residents are aware of the meetings and have access to information about the changes and …

— 2017 started off with a bang. Our team of staff and volunteers has worked tirelessly to protect programs that impact 50+ Mainers at the state and federal levels. We implemented new programming in many communities in an effort to connect more directly with our members. We expanded our Age-Friendly Community Network to 30 communities across Maine and we continue to boast more age-friendly communities than any other state in the nation! As you will see, much of this year’s advocacy …

— This week at the State House continued our work to pass a family caregiver tax credit. Work Session The week began with the work session for LD 442, An Act to Create a Family Caregiver Tax Credit. The Taxation Committee voted to table the bill pending an amendment. The committee’s primary concerns include the creation of a new tax credit, if there is overlap with currently available state or federal tax credits, and the fiscal note. We don’t yet have …

—   March 7, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact:      Jane Margesson, AARP Maine Communications Director (207) 229-5628 jmargesson@aarp.org       Age Discrimination Case in Maine Important Victory for Older Workers AARP Foundation Litigation Filed Amicus Brief   AUGUSTA: Today, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court reached an important decision in Scamman v. Shaw’s Supermarkets when it was determined that Maine State law forbidding age discrimination in the workplace applies the same strict legal standards on employers as in race and sex …