— By: Greg Marchildon, AARP Vermont State Director Legislation has consequences. The most recent Senate Bill — Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) – poses devastating repercussions for thousands of Vermonters.  It’s no better than the House proposal and certainly not “Better Care” in any way, shape or form! This bill would increase costs and risks for Vermonters, including: seniors, children and adults with disabilities, all of us with pre-existing conditions, and especially people age 50-64. But, let’s start with Vermont taxpayers …

— Join AARP members from the Brattleboro area at the AARP Chapter’s annual summer Potluck Picnic. AARP Vermont State Director Greg Marchildon will be on hand along with free goodies and valuable literature for attendees. The fun starts on Tuesday, August 15, 11:30am-2:30pm at Memorial Park in Brattleboro (near I-91 exit 2) in the down-hill “Senior Picnic Area” alongside the parking area. Bring a dish and enjoy free food, drink and snack while learning about upcoming chapter programs and statewide activity …

— The Vermont Retired Teachers Association (VRTA) is a statewide advocate and voice for over 10,000 retired educators and educational support workers.  VRTA is the only organization in Vermont representing all individuals who retired from work in the schools of the state.  VRTA speaks in support of retirement and health care programs that benefit those who dedicated their life work to educating and providing services to K-12 students and beyond.  Local chapters of the organization can be found in all areas …

— Attorney General T.J. Donovan announced that the Attorney General’s Office will host a public forum on the cost of health care in Vermont on July 11th in Burlington. The forum will provide information on how the cost of health care is determined in Vermont and the process for the public to give comments to the Green Mountain Care Board. The Attorney General will be joined at the forum by Judy Henkin, General Counsel of the Green Mountain Care Board, Mike …

— Learn how to create a family plan and find the support you need You may care for someone full time, 24/7. Or you may help someone with driving or grocery shopping a couple times a week. Either way, you’re a caregiver. And AARP’s caregiving expert, Amy Goyer, is here to guide you on your journey during the Online CAREversations Workshop. It’s a live, interactive event, so it’s the perfect way for busy people like you to access expert advice, interact …

— AARP Vermont will host its sixth annual Day on the Lake on Sunday, Aug. 27, at the Community Sailing Center on Lake Champlain in Burlington. Each AARP member and one guest can choose among a guided harbor tour on a 23-foot keelboat, an hour-long paddleboard lesson or your own tour in a kayak or canoe. The free event offers morning and afternoon reservations. “We really enjoy meeting our members and treating them to an adventure on beautiful Lake Champlain that …

— AARP Vermont held this live, interactive teletown hall call with guest speaker Congressman Peter Welch and hundreds of Vermonters on June 19. The topics of conversation were Medicare and the healthcare system in general. Congressman Welch explained why he voted no on the new proposed American Health Care Act bill. AARP strongly opposes the bill as well. Congressman Welch has a history of working against the rising costs of prescription drugs and spoke to this on the call. He explained …

— Vermont’s population is aging rapidly and cities and towns need to begin to make accommodations for a changing demographic across the state. That was one of the many issues addressed at the Smart Growth Summit held on June 16 at Champlain College and hosted by AARP Vermont and the Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC). About 160 local officials, planners, policy makers, developers, advocates, and business people from across Vermont came together to share their insights and learn more during a …

— GOVERNOR’S AWARD FOR BUSINESS EXCELLENCE IN SUPPORTING MATURE WORKERS To recognize Vermont employers who demonstrate exceptional commitment to employment practices that benefit and support the inclusion and retention of mature workers, the Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD), the Vermont Department of Labor (VDOL), and the AARP in partnership with the Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living and the Governor are co-sponsoring this Governor’s Award.   Vermont places great value on the contributions of its older citizens. …

— AARP Vermont invites members to stay in the know about its advocacy on their behalf, opportunities to get involved and fun activities close to home. Learn the latest about the AARP state office’s efforts to help working people save for retirement and protect consumers from fraud. Enjoy local AARP discounts, and be the first to sign up for special events, such as AARP Vermont’s annual Day at the Lake. To sign up for occasional informative emails, send an email with …