— By Claudia Clifford, AARP Montana Advocacy Director With a looming budget crisis, state leaders are proposing deep budget cuts, which could result in a significant loss of funding for senior services. Not only are programs like hospice and home care services in jeopardy, but Big Sky Rx is on the chopping block as well. In a time of skyrocketing costs of prescription drugs, now is not the time to eliminate Big Sky Rx. We need Montanans from across the state …

— November marks National Family Caregivers Month, a time to recognize the 40 million Americans – nearly 118,000 from Montana – who help older parents, spouses, and other loved ones live independently at home, where they want to be. The unpaid care they provide – managing medications, cooking meals, driving to appointments, performing complex medical tasks and more – is valued at about $1.4 billion in Montana alone. AARP Montana is recognizing Glenn Ridenour of Kalispell MT with a Portrait of Care, an artist’s painting of him …

— Watch Michele’s Story to find out why we need to extend health care to more Montanans and then tell your legislator to pass a Healthy Montana Plan! Expanding health coverage in Montana means financial security for thousands of Montanans, including 9,000 veterans, and hardworking families who are struggling in jobs without health benefits. It also means $5.4 billion in federal funds to our state’s economy in the next 6 years. Montana is currently missing out on $1.96 million each day …

— Butte-Silver Bow Passes Resolution Calling for Medicaid Expansion  City-County Council Moves to Expand Healthcare to More Montanans  Helena, Mont., — Butte-Silver Bow commissioners unanimously approved a resolution calling for full Medicaid expansion to cover up to 70,000 Montanans with low incomes.  At the Commission meeting on Wednesday, September 17th, Resolution 14–41 passed 12-0.  It urges Montana lawmakers to accept enhanced federal funding for the state’s Medicaid program. The resolution states that “all Montanans should have access to quality, affordable healthcare, …

— AARP Montana is seeking a Legislative Coordinator for the 2015 legislative session. The Legislative Coordinator will report directly to the Advocacy Director for AARP Montana. Job Description Responsibilities Assist AARP Montana Advocacy Director on activities related to the 2015 legislative session. Coordinate activities of AARP Capital City Advocates, including training of volunteers, preparation of testimony on bills, agenda and materials for weekly meeting of volunteers, and scheduling and notice of volunteer activities. Establish and maintain bill tracking system. Generate weekly …

— Voters urged to reject LR-126 by casting a “NO” vote on their ballots this fall Helena, Mont., Sept 17, 2014 – This fall Montanans will vote on LR 126, a ballot measure to repeal Montana’s Election Day Voter registration law. AARP is fighting to defeat this measure. If passed, the referendum would repeal sections of law that have allowed more than 29,000 Montanans to vote since it was first passed by a bipartisan majority nearly a decade ago.  Instead, voters would …

— Action Alert:  Senate Bill 2 – Protect Retirement Security from Last-minute Deals Time is running out in Frankfort and there’s talk of last minute deals on state pensions. Governor Steve Beshear and Leaders in the House and Senate need to hear from you – today. Take Action: Today Call the Governor:                           502-564-2611 House and Senate Leaders:         1-800-372-7181 Leave a Message: It’s time to “Keep the Promise” and protect the retirement security for Kentucky’s firefighters, educational staff and public …

Make your voice heard - Become an online activist for AARP Montana

— The Montana State legislature convenes for only 90 days every two years.  With the 2013 session on the horizon, AARP Montana is encouraging member participation in the legislative process by signing up as an e-activist. Nearly 30,000 AARP members raised their voices last legislative session, urging their legislators to reverse the devastating cuts to Big Sky Rx. If passed, these cuts would have threatened access to prescription drug assistance for certain seniors. Legislators heard AARP advocates loud and clear, and …