— WASHINGTON, DC  — In a statement today, AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond applauded the withdrawal of the House health care legislation that would have harmed millions of older Americans and their families: “The leadership’s decision to withdraw the bill from consideration proves that the voices of Americans are very powerful. This harmful legislation would have added an Age Tax on older Americans and put vulnerable populations at risk. “Instead of this harmful bill, we encourage Congress to focus on the …

— Learn how to start or grow your small business from fellow entrepreneurs. Live SBA Entrepreneur webinar takes place on Tuesday, April 18th at 7 p.m. ET Looking to turn your unique talents, hobbies or skills into a small business? Or if you’ve already started a business, are you searching for ideas to keep your dreams of success on track? Register for the AARP webinar, From Passion to Profit, and learn from our panel of innovative and inspiring entrepreneurs as they share …

— For decades, the public drinking water supply at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina was contaminated with hazardous chemicals. Countless Veterans were unknowingly exposed to these chemicals. A new Department of Veterans Affairs rule makes it easier for Veterans to receive service connected disability compensation for diseases resulting from this exposure. The VA now presumes that eight medical conditions are the result of past service at Camp Lejeune. DO I QUALIFY FOR THE PRESUMPTION? If you were stationed at Camp Lejeune for …

— Distracted Driving 101: It May Save Your Life Making a call on your phone. Changing the radio station. Turning to talk to kids in the back seat. These are minor tasks, but distracted driving can lead to the same devastating results as driving under the influence. Are your habits—or those of your loved one—putting you at risk? Now you can do something about it. Register now for the AARP webinar, Distracted Driving 101 on April 24, 2017 at 7 p.m. ET, …

— RALEIGH — This week, six bi-partisan NC Members of Congress publicly opposed the American Health Care Act, a House proposal, that if passed, could result in older adults paying up to $8,400 a year in added insurance premiums. Representatives Adams, Budd, Butterfield, Jones, Meadows,   and Price all oppose the plan. AARP members are urging Representatives Pittenger, Hudson, Holding, Walker, McHenry, Rouzer and Foxx, to stop supporting the “age tax” and higher insurance premiums, and join the rest of the NC …

— Take a virtual tour and learn how to make every room safer. April 12, 2017 7 p.m. ET Are you a family caregiver? If so, don’t miss Home Safe Home, a virtual room-by-room makeover tour on how to make every room in your home safer for loved ones. And stay tuned as caregiving author Sherri Snelling and livable communities expert Karen Kafantaris answer your questions from the studio. What will you learn? Dozens of smart solutions to make any home …

— While existing health care law is by no means perfect, the most recent push – getting more people covered – certainly seems to have worked. Recent Census Bureau data shows far too many Americans, 29 million people, still lack coverage, but that’s 13 million fewer than before “Obamacare.’’ After six years of votes to repeal “Obamacare,’’ a GOP in control of the presidency and Congress seems to make its fate a given. However, six years of repeal-and-replace seems to have …

— Don’t miss some great chances to learn, meet others and have fun at these AARP events in March. Register for these free events today. The Road to Medicare Choosing a Medicare Plan is an important, but often overwhelming, decision. This program provides an overview of Medicare.  It is for those who are close to turning 65; considering retirement; have basic questions about Medicare; or want to sort out Medicare’s relationship with their employer’s group health plan. The presenter is a …

— Fun new way for North Carolinians to learn job search skills, family caregiving advice and how to stay safe online. Can you sell yourself to a potential employer in the time it takes to ride an elevator? Take the awkwardness out of the conversation when you’re helping a loved one plan for the future? Keep yourself safe from a hacker or handle the four toughest questions you’ll ever face in an interview? Introducing AARP’s new interactive videos that put you …

— RALEIGH — Contrary to this week’s reports of contentious Congressional town hall meetings over federal policy proposals, the North Carolina Congressional delegation held 13 productive meetings with teams of AARP volunteers. AARP volunteers in each district informed their elected official that certain health policy changes being proposed in Washington could have costly consequences on many of their constituents. AARP voters were eager to explain that the Congress must be careful not to destroy key consumer protections now in law. Some …