2016 SD Legislative Update – Week 5

Posted on 02/12/2016 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

As we head into President’s Day weekend, we’ve also reached the halfway mark of the 2016 South Dakota legislative session. A recently commissioned poll was released this week that shows an overwhelming 74 percent of voters support expanding access to affordable health care coverage to South Dakotans through Medicaid.  The level of support was higher than the 63 percent of voters surveyed in November 2013 who said they supported expansion.  According to the poll, support for expansion crossed party lines.  …

2016 SD Legislative Session – Week 4 Update

Posted on 02/5/2016 by | AARP South Dakota | Comments

With Week 4 in the books, we are nearing the half way mark of the 2016 South Dakota legislative session and AARP South Dakota is working on issues important to our 50+ population in South Dakota. The Medicaid Expansion: It Makes Sense For South Dakota campaign launched this week.  This campaign is a way to show support and learn more about Governor Daugaard’s Proposal to expand Medicaid to 50,000 South Dakotans in need of health coverage. Help show support and …

Fraud Alert: FTC Detects New Social Security Scam

Posted on 02/3/2016 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

You may recently have gotten an email with the subject line “Get Protected.” Well, we all want that! The email describes that the Social Security Administration (SSA) is supposedly offering great new features to help taxpayers protect their personal information and identities. It sounds so good that you may be tempted to click on the link provided — but before you do, read this! It’s a SCAM! The Federal Trade Commission recently caught on to this scam and is asking for help …

2016 SD Legislative Session – Week 3 Update

Posted on 01/29/2016 by | AARP South Dakota | Comments

First, thank you for a great 2016 AARP South Dakota Lobby Day.  Nearly 200 AARP South Dakota members and volunteers visited the Capitol on Tuesday.  We had lunch with 75 legislators and a fun group picture with the South Dakota Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General.  AARP South Dakota’s presence was felt in the Capitol and our successful lobby day will certainly have a strong impact on our legislative efforts throughout the rest of the 2016 session. During his comments to …

2016 SD Legislative Session – Week 2 Update

Posted on 01/22/2016 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Week 2 of the 2016 South Dakota Legislative Session is in the books and AARP South Dakota has been actively working on legislation for you. On Tuesday morning, AARP South Dakota testified in support of Senate Bill (SB) 54 before the Senate Judiciary committee.  SB 54 brings legislation that supports 9 of the 16 recommendations brought forward by the South Dakota Elder Abuse Task Force that AARP South Dakota served on in 2015. SB 54 expands the definition of elder …

Coming Soon: IRS Private Debt Collectors and Scammers too!

Posted on 01/20/2016 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

With tax season kicking off this month, the IRS is gearing up. And you can be sure the scammers are gearing up too! And this year, you need to be aware of a new twist. As part of the “FAST Act” (for Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act) signed in law last month by President Obama, the IRS is now required, versus permitted, to use private collectors to help recoup owed tax debt. See Section 32102 of this five-year infrastructure spending …