— 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 …

— 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 …

— Did you know?  AARP Maine is in the news every week talking about issues of concern to Mainers 50+, upcoming events and much more!  We talk about health care, caregiving in Maine, fun, social events, scam and fraud awareness, age-friendly communities and ways we can work together to bring positive initiatives to our state.   Tune in and let your friends know, too! RADIO: WLOB with Ray Richardson – First and Third Mondays at 8:30AM.  Broadcasts out of Portland. WZON with …

—     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 …

— Weekly Series Focuses on Important Issues to Inform Older Mainers about Policies in the American Health Care Act (AHCA) Portland, Maine, June 19, 2017 — AARP Maine today launched “AHCA Spotlight: What It Means for You” to raise awareness of key policy proposals in the American Health Care Act (AHCA) that are being debated in the Senate and how they would hurt older Mainers. Over the next three weeks, AARP Maine will highlight different policy areas of concern including changes …

— 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 …

—   Click here for tickets– AARP member discount $55 ($65 non-member) When: Friday, October 13th, 11am-1pm Where: University of Maine Regional Learning Center, 75 Clearwater Drive in Falmouth Presented by: The workshop is provided in partnership with AARP Maine and Islandport Press Whisk sustainable eating practices into familiar, tasty recipes even though you are short on time, money and energy. As Chef Christine demonstrates a delicious menu of recipes from her cookbook Green Plate Special, she’ll also give you insider tips …

— Click here for tickets– AARP member discount $50 ($60 non-member) When: Friday, September 15th, 1:00-4:00pm Where: AARP Maine State Office, 53 Baxter Boulevard, Suite 202 in Portland Presented by: This workshop is provided in partnership with AARP Maine and Islandport Press. Travel and food writing assignments are some of the most glamorous and popular in journalism, but they can be surprisingly difficult. Whether you imagine your stories on the glossy pages of a travel magazine, or published on your blog, …