— Join us for two live webcasts and get answers to your questions. Do you have questions about the Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment? Get your answers live! Whether you’re enrolling for the first time or re-enrolling, the two-part Q&A series from AARP Learn@50+ provides answers about the 2018 enrollment process. In part one, AARP’s experts will review the Open Enrollment period (Nov. 1 to Dec. 15) and answer your questions about the process. In part two, the AARP team will lead a …

— Join us for two live Medicare webcasts and get answers to your questions Do you have questions about Medicare coverage and plan options? Whether you’re enrolling for the first time or entering open enrollment, the two-part Medicare Q&A series from Learn@50+ can get you answers about your 2017 plan options. In part one, AARP’s Medicare expert Susan Lutz will review the different parts of Medicare and answer your questions about enrollment periods for new Medicare recipients and open enrollment rules for …

— Join us on September 7, 2017 at 7:00 pm ET for Part 1 of AARP’s Interactive Social Security Webinar as we explore each of the five most asked about (and often misunderstood) Social Security topics—including applying for benefits, survivor benefits, spousal benefits, the earnings limit, and benefits for married couples. Plus, you can ask specific questions for the experts to answer using our interactive Q&A tool. We’ll also introduce you to AARP’s easy-to-use online tools, including our Benefits Calculator and a …

— One in 10 Americans 60 and older have experienced elder abuse or neglect. In almost 60 percent of cases, the perpetrator was a family member, usually an adult child or spouse. A new state law, backed by AARP West Virginia, aims to ensure that such criminals do not profit from wrongdoing. Working with nearly 30 volunteers, the AARP state office successfully pressed for passage of the law, which disqualifies people convicted of financial exploitation from inheriting money or property from …

— It’s shopping season for Medicare beneficiaries. Open enrollment, which runs Oct. 15-Dec. 7, is a time to consider whether your current coverage still meets your needs. The AARP state office wants to remind Mountain Staters about a valuable resource: The West Virginia State Health Insurance Assistance Program (WV SHIP) can help you navigate health insurance choices. WV SHIP counselors provide free, objective and confidential advice—on the phone or in person—about Medicare benefits, prescription drug coverage, supplemental insurance plans and help …

— As part of the West Virginia Financial Exploitation Task Force, AARP fought successfully in the 2016 legislative session for three new laws that protect older West Virginians from abuse and fraud. One law prohibits people convicted of crimes against the elderly from performing community service involving the elderly. Another stiffens criminal penalties for those convicted of financial exploitation of the elderly. The third aims to ensure that people with power of attorney do not benefit personally from the actions they …

— In West Virginia and most other states, the deadline to file a 2015 income tax return is Monday, April 18. If you are unsure about how to proceed, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide can help. The program—which has assisted more than 50 million U.S. taxpayers since 1968—is open to everyone, although priority is given to low- to moderate-income people age 50-plus. Last year, Americans who used Tax-Aide services received $1.4 billion in tax refunds. In West Virginia, Tax-Aide volunteers—who are trained by …

— Charleston, WV –  In our second video update from the 2016 regular session of the West Virginia Legislature, Broadband Day at the Legislature highlights the need for improved high speed internet access across the Mountain State. We hear from Senate President Bill Cole (R-Mercer, 6th District), Senator Chris Walters (R-Putnam, 8th District),  Del. Roger Hanshaw (R-Clay, 33rd District) and AARP West Virginia State Director Gaylene Miller on the broad support for improvements to address the Mountain State’s broadband access issues. Senate Health Chair Sen. …

— AARP staff and volunteers from West Virginia and across the nation converged in Washington April 19 to deliver petitions containing more than 26,000 signatures at the U.S. Department of Labor in support of a conflict of interest standard, following the release of a proposed rule in early April. The petition delivery kicked off several days of AARP activity in the Nation’s Capital. In addition to bringing petitions to the U.S. Department of Labor, AARP volunteers continue to speak to members …

— Whether you’re buying a home, helping kids pay for college or planning for retirement, it pays to be financially savvy. AARP West Virginia is helping Mountain Staters get the know-how they need during Money Smart Week, April 18-25. The events cover topics ranging from basic budgeting to understanding credit to preventing fraud. Leaders from local businesses, financial institutions, libraries, nonprofit organizations and government agencies planned the observance in cooperation with the Federal Reserve Bank. According to an AARP study, 67 …