—   NEW ACTION ALERT! As we announced earlier this year, AARP Massachusetts is supporting legislation that would remove fees to place or remove a credit report security freeze, which is an easy way Massachusetts residents can help protect themselves from identity (ID) theft and fraud. When we issued an Action Alert, asking you to contact your legislators to urge them to sign on as sponsors of this legislation, you did so with great results! The legislation has been filed in both …

— By Jill Gambon Jane Ahern-DeFillippi, public policy junkie, closely tracks bills in Washington, D.C., or on Beacon Hill that could affect her community, especially its older residents. As a volunteer legislative advocate for AARP Massachusetts, Ahern-DeFillippi also posts and shares updates daily on Facebook. She helps keep others informed about health care reform, for example, and upcoming classes or events. She became a Facebook “power user” after participating in a social media workshop offered by AARP Massachusetts. In the class, …

— NEW! AARP Delivers for Family Caregivers Every day, you deliver medicine. You deliver meals. You deliver love. Now, it’s our turn to deliver for you. Share your family caregiving story with AARP and we’ll give you a gift card for gas, groceries, or the drug store. All while we continue to fight for more support for family caregivers like help at home, workplace flexibility, training, relief—and much more. That’s how AARP will keep delivering, for you. Have you checked out I …

— The Commonwealth is home to more than 1 million residents age 65 and over. Some of these people are both financially secure and healthy. However, a recent Massachusetts Commission on Elder Economic Security report highlighted that 6 in 10 single elders do not have the income to meet their basic needs. They are often aided by the MassHealth program, which includes Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). More than 1.89 million Massachusetts residents, many of whom are adults …

— AARP Massachusetts brings you news about scams involving IRS debt collection, the “Can You Hear Me?” scam, ongoing tech support scams, those at risk for investment fraud, and scammers preying on those receiving new Medicare cards. Read more and take heed! IRS Announces Use of Private Debt Collectors The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is now working with private debt collection agencies to recover unpaid tax debts. Scammers could attempt to capitalize on potential confusion created by this new development. Here’s …

— As you may have heard, Congress is quietly trying to revive its failed health care bill – and it’s getting worse than before. They’re cutting deals to let the big insurance companies charge you even more. It starts with an age tax. If you’re 50 or older, they can charge you five times more than everyone else. Up to $13,000 more per year. At AARP, the battle against the age tax and other provisions in a health care bill continues …

— Thank you for reaching out to state legislators on behalf of this new bill, which helps protect you, your family, and countless state residents  from ID theft! As we told you last month, AARP Massachusetts has filed legislation that would remove fees for credit report security freezes, to help Massachusetts residents save money and better protect themselves against identity (ID) theft and fraud. The legislative lead sponsors of this bill are state Sen. Barbara L’Italien (D-Andover) and state Rep. Jennifer Benson (D-Lunenberg). …

— Thank you for reaching out to state legislators on behalf of this new bill that supports family caregivers in the state! As we told you last month, AARP Massachusetts has filed legislation to help family caregivers in the state by providing a tax credit for certain expenses incurred by the caregivers. The lead sponsors of the legislation, officially known as “An Act to Establish the Family Caregiver Tax Credit,” (SD.1553/HD.610), are Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry (D-Dorchester) and Rep. Chris Walsh (D-Framingham). Sen. …

— At AARP, we believe Medicare is a deal with the American people that must not be broken. During his campaign, President Donald Trump repeatedly stated his commitment to prevent changes to Medicare.  “I am going to protect and save your Social Security and your Medicare,” he told voters. “You made a deal a long time ago.” Older voters were instrumental in electing President Trump and the Republican Congress. Now those voters are counting on members of Congress to follow the president’s …