— Are you involved with older adult issues in Vermont? This conference will offer the latest information and insights from a wide variety of professional experts across the state and beyond. See below for more on what will be covered. Conference topics include: Transportation Innovations in Nutrition and Meals Program Needs of Caregivers How to Start and Manage a Volunteer Program Self-Care for Professionals Facilitated “Table Talks” on a variety of topics:  Local volunteer programs (including Cares and Aging in Place) …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— 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. …

— From Vermont Business Magazine – 5/19/17: In its final hours Thursday, the Legislature voted to approve S135, Vermont’s economic development omnibus bill. Section C of the bill sets up a secure public retirement option, the “Green Mountain Secure Retirement” plan, for small businesses. Pending due diligence by the Treasurer’s office, the goal is to implement the retirement plan by January 15, 2019. The program was proposed by Treasurer Beth Pearce’s Public Retirement Study Committee (link is external), which recommended a …

— AARP Vermont and the Newport Community Renaissance Corp. (NCRC) are now accepting applications for the 2017 Community Action Sponsorship Program — as an effort to provide modest grants and technical support to community groups or individuals. The initiative is part of AARP’s work to enhance the Age Friendliness of Newport by preparing the community for the rapidly aging demographic shift — particularly in the areas of housing, mobility and community engagement. The grants will provide support to groups within Newport that …

— If you were to ask a typical Vermonter how to fix health care in America, you can be sure [he/she] would not suggest that Washington allow insurance companies to price people out of affordable coverage. Yet Congress is now considering the American Health Care Act — a bill that would do just that. The bill would impose an “age tax” on older Americans.  That means people in their 50s and 60s who are buying health insurance on their own might …