—   AARP Wyoming announced two winners for the AARP Community Challenge, aiming to create change and improve quality of life at the community-level. The winning projects include projects in Casper as well as Jackson. Both grants will be used to fund age-friendly bus stops in their respective communities. Each project was funded through the AARP Community Challenge grant and is set to be completed by November 1, 2017. “These awards show the continued commitment of AARP to maintain a high …

— Sometimes legislation in Congress has unintended consequences.  This is one of those times. The proposed Senate health care bill would increase costs and risks for individuals in Wyoming including: seniors, children and adults with disabilities, people with pre-existing conditions, and those ages 50-64. But, let’s start with Wyoming’s taxpayers. As it stands, the proposed bill would drastically cut federal funding for Medicaid which supports health programs for vulnerable Americans, in Wyoming. Such a huge loss of funds, in total $772 …

— Proposed ‘Voucher’ Plan Threatens Benefits of Wyoming Residents AARP today launched a comprehensive campaign to protect Medicare in the face of proposals by some in Congress that would hurt hardworking Wyomingites who have paid into the program their entire working lives. Congressional proposals to change Medicare into a voucher system would dramatically increase health care costs and risks for both current and future retirees.  Over the next few weeks, AARP staff and volunteers will meet with members of Congress to …

Sam Shumway

— AARP is pleased to announce that Sam Shumway has been selected as the new state director for the AARP Wyoming office. Shumway comes to AARP with a broad range of skills and expertise, including organizational leadership, strategic planning, advocacy, and community outreach. As an attorney, he clerked for the Wyoming Supreme Court, worked with two prominent Wyoming law firms, and represented Wyoming’s five elected officials as a Senior Assistant Attorney General. Most recently, he worked for the New Mexico Public …

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— Marty Martin, a long-time community and state public servant in Wyoming, has been selected as the new president of AARP Wyoming. “We are excited to have Marty join our team. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that can grow and support our work in Wyoming,” AARP Wyoming State Director Tim Summers said. “He has passion and commitment to excellence that will help us serve Wyoming well over his tenure.” As President, Martin will serve as the head of …

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— Don’t spend your family vacation hermetically sealed in some fancy mega-hotel somewhere. Instead, stretch your legs – and your horizons – with a road trip encompassing several of our national parks. You can plan out your own route to one or more of the parks, or you can visit the National Park Service’s website for pre-planned itineraries. Either way, this is a great year to see as many parks as you can, because this year marks the 100th anniversary of …

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— With the conclusion of the 2016 Wyoming Legislative budget session, the AARP Wyoming government relations team closed out a good and effective budget session, but it was also a frustrating budget session. First the good news. As mentioned in the cover story, House Bill 76 – “Designated Caregiver” was passed by the legislature unanimously and signed by Governor Mead. The Act has three main components. A caregiver must be identified on hospital patient records; the hospital must make a reasonable …

— This week, Wyoming became the 21st state in the nation to pass the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act. Passed unanimously by the Wyoming Legislature at the beginning of the week and signed into law by Governor Mead, House Enrolled Act 27 – The Designated Caregiver Act is a common sense solution to help those caring for their older mothers, fathers, husbands, wives and other loved ones so they can live independently. The law ensures family caregivers have key support …

— This year, AARP Foundation is again providing free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low to moderate income through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 48th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, giving special attention the older population. You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this service. “Compiling taxes can be frustrating and intimidating, even if you can afford an accountant,” Tim …

Mike Fierberg

— Watch Wyoming Perspectives: The Future of Medicare & Social Security Tune in 7-8 pm Thursday, Nov. 15 on Wyoming PBS or watch it online later at wyomingpbs.org Learn more about possible changes to Medicare & Social Security and what those changes may mean for Wyoming Live call-in show! Send us your questions for the experts now at wy@aarp.org. photo credit: courtesy CMS