— By Jim Buchanan Here in North Carolina, through painful experience, we know a thing or two about floods. With a flood, most of the focus – necessarily – is on not being swept away in the turbulent waters. But there’s more than the rushing waters. There’s what’s beneath – who knows what kind of contaminants picked up in the deluge, who knows what kinds of creepy-crawlies lurking beneath. That’s the way it is with Washington these days. The normal trickle …

— AARP is fighting to improve North Carolinians access to affordable health care, in their communities, by cutting through the bureaucratic red tape that prevents nurse practitioners—and all advanced practice registered nurses—from doing their jobs. Right now, 28 states including North Carolina still have archaic rules that restrict nurse practitioners from using all their skills and training to provide primary and preventive care, including: routine health care such as diagnosing and treating patients management of chronic conditions ordering lab tests prescribing …

— Prescription drugs can improve your life or even save it, yet roughly half of Americans don’t take medications as prescribed, leading to 125,000 deaths annually and an additional $100 billion in hospital costs. AARP North Carolina is working with the University of North Carolina Center for Health Innovation to improve health outcomes through medication adherence. Health care professionals and patients were invited to come up with ways to improve medication adherence in the digital age. On May 11, four teams …

— AARP shared this letter with Members of Congress on Wednesday. Those concerned about the effects of the new AHCA plan, are urged to call their Representative today via this advocacy hotline:  #1-844-866-1425.   April 26, 2017 Dear Representative: AARP, with its nearly 38 million members in all 50 States and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands, is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, nationwide organization that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and …

— Why anyone would attempt to revive a health care reform bill that sank into the waters of the Potomac just weeks ago is a puzzler. Why they would revive it and attempt to pass it by making it potentially even less popular is more puzzling still. Yet that’s where we find ourselves, as the House Freedom Caucus, led by Rep. Mark Meadows, NC-11, who appears to have caved to Washington’s pressure for a dramatic “win.” Now, repealing the patient protections …

— RALEIGH — At a ceremonial presentation made today with state legislators and the United Way, AARP explained how contributions the AARP Foundation collected from members across the country last fall resulted in $200,000 being donated to assist North Carolina families affected by Hurricane Matthew. Over half of the AARP contributions, $125,000, was distributed to local United Ways in counties affected by the disaster and United Way’s NC 2-1-1. With the support of the AARP membership, United Ways in affected counties …

— 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 …

— AARP strongly encourages people who have Medicare to review their options each year during Medicare’s open enrollment period and choose the plan or plans that best fit their needs. Medicare Open Enrollment begins on October 15 and ends on December 7. During this time, if you want, you can switch from traditional Medicare to a Medicare Advantage plan, or vice versa, from one Part D drug plan to another, or from one Medicare Advantage plan to another. Any changes you …

— Choosing a Medicare plan is an important, but often overwhelming, decision. AARP North Carolina is proud to partner with the North Carolina Department of Insurance on a new program being offered in the Charlotte region, The Road to Medicare. The Road to Medicare gives a basic overview of Medicare and is particularly helpful for those who will soon be eligible for Medicare or those who have recently joined. The presenter is a trained volunteer counselor of the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program. SHIIP is …

— Did you know that AARP offers workshops every week in the Charlotte region? Whether you’re an AARP member or not, over 50 or not, all of our programs are free of charge, free of any sales pitches, and all geared towards helping you achieve real possibilities. This summer we began offering our programs at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery! Come have a beverage on us and take advantage of our informative programs led by our dedicated facilitators!   Life Reimagined The life …