— A new analysis of the Senate’s proposed health care bill shows that older Nebraskans would be forced to pay much higher premiums or go without health insurance coverage. With the proposed spike in premiums and reduced tax credits, known as the age tax, a 60-year old Nebraskan with a $45,000 annual income could have to pay up to $21,740 in 2020. That’s the second highest amount in the nation for this age and income level after Arizona. The new analysis …

— Nebraska ranks 15th among the states when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents and people with disabilities, but AARP warns more must be done, at an accelerated pace, to meet changing demographic demands.  Specific areas of concern in Nebraska include support for working caregivers, a shortage of home care workers; spending on home- and community-based services; and a lack of transportation options.  The findings are reported in a comprehensive state-by-state Scorecard from AARP with support …

— This is an AARP Nebraska alert. A severe American Health Care Act watch has been issued for 70 counties in Nebraska. Actions taken by two committees of the U.S. House of Representatives have created conditions that could lead to catastrophic cost increases in an area of Nebraska west of a line from South Sioux City to Superior. All residents ages 40-64 who have individual health insurance in the affected area will receive damaging premium increases.  According to the Kaiser Family …

— AARP  has launched a comprehensive campaign to protect Medicare in the face of proposals by some in Congress that would hurt hardworking Nebraskans who have paid into the program their entire working lives. Congressional proposals to change Medicare into a voucher system would dramatically increase health care costs and risks for both current and future retirees.  Over the next few weeks, AARP staff and volunteers will meet with members of Congress to underscore that this proposal would put nearly 300,000 …

— By Dave Holmquist, State President, AARP Nebraska At AARP, we believe Medicare is a deal with the American people that must not be broken. Thankfully, President Trump repeatedly said during his historic campaign that he would not allow changes to this popular program.  “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. …

— Are you a family caregiver looking for resources that could help you on your journey? Don’t miss AARP’s Online Family Caregiving Fair, Thursday November 17. Register online now at: http://bit.ly/CareFairNE This free, online-event, which begins at 10 a.m. CT/9 a.m. MT will connect you to other family caregivers across the country along with resources and information from more than 20 AARP programs, non-profits and government agencies. Plus, don’t miss a special webinar featuring actress and family caregiving advocate Holly Robinson …

— A state task force has released recommendations to help prepare Nebraska for a surge in the number of residents living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia in the next decade. About 33,000 Nebraskans 65 and older have dementia, and the number is expected to grow by more than 20 percent by 2025. Created by the legislature in 2015, the task force includes a representative from AARP Nebraska. Its goals are to provide information, support and safety for Nebraskans living …

— AARP is a proud sponsor of the national Age of Disruption Tour that will make stops in Omaha on Sept. 20 and Lincoln on Sept. 21. Dr. Bill Thomas, one of the most innovative and creative thinkers working in medicine today, brings a radical new approach to growth and aging through his modern day American Chautauqua movement in The Age of Disruption Tour. Barnstorming the country in a rock n’ roll tour bus, Dr. Bill Thomas is engaging with communities …

— AARP is on the move in Lincoln this fall! Get to know us better and what we’re doing in your backyard. Check out the opportunities below and register today. Space is limited! Prepare for Your Retirement SCC Continuing Education Auditorium 301 S 68th St Place Tuesday, August 30 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. COST:  FREE Register here or call 1-877-926-8300. Learn more about getting the most out of your hard-earned Social Security and Medicare benefits so that you can make …

— AARP Nebraska is a member of the Aging Nebraskans Task Force created by the Nebraska Legislature. The task force recently released a state plan for coping with Alzheimer’s Disease to help meet the needs of patients and caregivers. Here is a summary provided by the Alzheimer’s Association Nebraska Chapter. The Nebraska State Plan for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias is a thorough examination and set of recommendations to confront the sweeping economic and social impact of Alzheimer’s disease for Nebraskans. …