— by Susan Reinhard, Jean Accius, Lynda Flowers and Ari Houser AARP Public Policy Institute July 13, 2017 The Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) now under consideration in the Senate would drastically alter Alaska’s Medicaid program. The proposed Senate bill would change the way the federal government currently funds Medicaid by limiting federal funding and shifting cost over time to both states and Medicaid enrollees. The BCRA would subject older adults, adults with disabilities, Medicaid expansion adults, and non-disabled children under age …

— June 23, 2017 2017 AARP Alaska Health Care Survey: Little Support for the Proposed Health Care Bill In a survey released in June 2017,  just one-third of likely voters in Alaska (33%) support the American Health Care Act, which recently passed the U.S. House of Representatives and is currently being debated in the Senate. A sizeable number of likely voters (15%) say they do not know whether they support or oppose the bill. A majority of likely voters also oppose …

— AARP members can hit a home run just by making reservations for AARP Day at the Ballpark on Saturday, July 1, when the Mat-Su Miners take on the Anchorage All Stars. All AARP members who register in advance can reserve up to four free seats for themselves and their family members and friends. The game will be at Hermon Brothers Field at the Alaska State Fairgrounds in Palmer, starting at 7 p.m. An AARP volunteer will sing the national anthem, …

— For everyone who has endured the humbling experience of repeatedly asking kids and grandchildren how to use their smartphones or tablets, AARP Alaska and the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) have a solution. Volunteer professors will offer a free half-day technology workshop at the UAS Juneau campus on Thursday, May 11. Attendees can bring their own devices. In addition to Apple and Android basics, the topics may include social media, syncing email on multiple devices, managing digital images, searching the …

— Many people worry about remaining financially secure after leaving the workforce, but, according to the Employee Benefit Research Institute, less than half of U.S. workers report that they or their spouse ever tried to calculate how much money they would need to live comfortably in retirement. To help people plan, AARP Alaska is offering free lunch sessions on financial security. The classes will be at the AARP state office in Anchorage on March 9 and 23, April 13 and 27, …

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— About 85,000 Alaskans provide unpaid services worth about $1.2 billion a year to help a family member or friend age in place rather than move into a nursing home. “Caregiving is inherently stressful, and it is crucial that caregivers have access to information that can help them feel more confident in that role,” said Ken Helander, AARP state advocacy director. In order to get useful information out to the state’s vast rural areas, AARP Alaska will host a tele-town hall …

— June 8, 2016 Today, volunteers and staff from every state, Washington, DC, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands have come to Washington to advocate on behalf of AARP members and all older Americans on the crucial issues of Family Caregivingand Social Security. While meeting with members of Congress, these volunteers and staff will carry crucial asks: AARP advocateswill ask members of Congress to support two pieces of bipartisan legislation to help family caregivers, the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act, …

— A new program aims to reshape health care in Alaska by developing leaders who integrate geriatrics with primary care. The Alaska Geriatrics Interdisciplinary Leadership Development program is a partnership between the University of Alaska and Southcentral Foundation Nuka System of Care. The noncredit course provides insights into the needs of older adults and sharpens skills for health and behavioral health professionals, family caregivers and advocates. It can be custom designed for individual participants to focus, for example, on dementia. Ken …

— Alaska End of Session Wrap-Up 2016 by Ken Helander, Advocacy Director, AARP Alaska Since legislators did not come to agreement on the state’s budget, which they must pass according to the state constitution, as well as some other major items left hanging, the governor called a special session to begin immediately. Nevertheless, it has, to this point, been a consequential and somewhat productive session. While the overriding theme for legislators was the severe loss of state revenue due to low …

— AARP members are invited to join the AARP Tuesday 9-Hole Golf League at the Anchorage Golf Course. Rates: $20 Greens Fee Optional $10 Golf Cart (per person) Prizes will be paid out in the form of gift certificates. Additional 9 holes available most days for $8 Green Fee, $5 Cart Fee. If you wish to play 18, please pay at time of check-in. Registration: To participate after the first week you must sign up a minimum of 24 hours in …