Healthy Michigan saves General Fund dollars

Posted on 03/4/2015 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing From Gongwer Michigan’s Healthy Michigan Medicaid expansion plan has saved the state a “serious” amount of General Fund money, the state’s Medicaid director told the House Appropriations Community Health Subcommittee on Tuesday.  Steve Fitton also told the panel that the state’s Medicaid system has succeeded in keeping total General Fund spending relatively flat over the past decade, something he called almost astounding given how much the state’s caseload has increased during that timeframe.  And, while lawmakers were concerned about some …

Poll: Voters say Congress should improve resources for family caregivers

Posted on 03/3/2015 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Advocacy | Caregiving WASHINGTON, DC ­— Across political parties, more than seven in ten registered voters age 40 and older say Congress should improve resources for family caregivers who help their parents, spouses, children with disabilities and other loved ones to live independently. This and other findings from a new poll underscore the need for the bipartisan, bicameral Assisting Caregivers Today (ACT) Caucus launched today by U.S. Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) and U.S. Representatives Diane Black (R-TN) and Michelle …

Seminars to Help Budding Entrepreneurs

Posted on 03/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Events | Finances 50+ | Money & Work AARP Michigan is teaming up with the U.S. Small Business Administration again this year to help aspiring entrepreneurs start a new business at age 50-plus. A team of experts will lead events in Detroit, Lansing/Jackson and Grand Rapids to help those who are looking to switch careers or launch a business. The seminars will cover how to create a business plan, secure a small business loan and develop a marketing strategy. “A growing number of older adults are starting their …

The HistoryMakers: Living Black History at the Library of Congress

Posted on 02/24/2015 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Community | Home & Family We have come over a way that with tears has been watered, We have come, treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered, Out from the gloomy past, Till now we stand at last Where the white gleam of our bright star is cast. Those words, from the second verse of the Black National Anthem, perhaps best describe a new permanent exhibit at the Library of Congress. It is called The HistoryMakers archive – 2,600 videotaped interviews with African-American …

Major step taken on rule to protect retirement plan savers

Posted on 02/23/2015 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Advocacy | Money & Work | Press WASHINGTON, DC – Today President Barack Obama joined AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins, and members of the Save Our Retirement coalition to announce that a major step has been taken on a proposed rule by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) that would update requirements for those who give financial advice to individual retirement plan savers. Americans saving for retirement currently lose an estimated 6 to 17 billion dollars per year due to bad investment advice. The rule to protect individuals …

Detroit volunteer graduates from VLI

Posted on 02/19/2015 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Volunteering [Washington, DC] – Christina Guzman of Detroit will participate in the graduation ceremony for the AARP’s Volunteer Leadership Institute (VLI) on Friday.   She will be joined by 32 other exceptional volunteers from all across the country.   VLI is a rigorous and innovative training opportunity launched by AARP in December 2012 to mobilize highly skilled and motivated AARP volunteers to the next level of volunteer leadership.  This third VLI class was designed and scheduled to appeal to the “new breed” of volunteer …