— Are you concerned about the future of your healthcare coverage under the Affordable Care Act? You are invited to join us for community conversations across Nebraska to learn how proposed changes in health care coverage through the insurance exchange could affect you and your family. The sessions are aimed at Nebraskans ages 50-64 who don’t have employer-sponsored insurance and are eligible to enroll in ACA health plans. AARP will present the latest information on changes that Congress is considering. You …

—   Back by popular demand for the 12th year, AARP Nebraska and Shred-It will host a free community shredding day in Omaha on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at The Center Mall on 42nd and Center Sts. Every two seconds, someone’s identity is stolen. People can avoid becoming victims of identity theft by shredding confidential documents with personal information, such as cancelled checks, credit card offers, old bank and financial statements and medical bills. The convenient drive-through shredding session will run …

— 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 …

— Thousands of older Nebraskans qualify for a break on their property taxes but may not know it. AARP Nebraska urges homeowners age 65 plus to take a close look at the state homestead exemption before June 30 to find out if they are eligible for relief. “Property taxes are considered by many retirees in Nebraska to be the most burdensome tax,” said Connie Benjamin, state director of AARP Nebraska. “Over the years, AARP has successfully pushed for changes in the …

— AARP’s top volunteer state leader will be in Scottsbluff on April 10 and Grand Island on April 12 to visit informally with AARP members and the public. “We invite residents to learn more about what AARP is doing in the community and across the state on behalf of Nebraskans age 50 and over,” said Dave Holmquist, state president of AARP Nebraska. “I’ll be on hand to answer questions, share information about our work on the federal, state and local level …

— 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 …

— With tax-filing season a prime time for identity theft scammers to prey on unsuspecting consumers, the AARP Fraud Watch Network is reminding Nebraska taxpayers that submitting their tax returns as soon as is practical can greatly reduce their chances of being victimized by a fraudulent return. The IRS reports that taxpayers lost more than $3 billion to tax-related identity theft during 2014. This scam occurs when a fraudster steals your Social Security number and files a tax return in your …

— Nebraska lawmakers’ repeated refusal to extend Medicaid to uninsured, low-income adults means far fewer state residents have health care coverage compared to their neighbors in Iowa and Colorado. At a March 8 hearing, AARP representative June Ryan told members of the Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee that Nebraska’s uninsured rate for the lowest income group is more than twice the rate in those states. “We now know the consequences of Nebraska’s decision not to participate in expanded Medicaid,” said …

— AARP Nebraska today issued the following statement in opposition to L.R. 6, which calls on the Nebraska Legislature to submit a request to Congress calling for a constitutional convention. “LR6 would serve as Nebraska’s application for a convention of states under the authority of Article V of the United States Constitution for proposing constitutional amendments.  While such a convention, according to Article V, “shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes,” a common reason given for seeking a convention is …