— RECAP of the American Healthcare Act Voices of Americans were heard when the Controversial bill was pulled. by David Frank, Mary C. Hickey, AARP, March 24, 2017 with additional copy provided by AARP Maine The much-anticipated vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) — touted as a plan to repeal and replace Obamacare — was postponed indefinitely on Friday, March 24th, after leaders of the House of Representatives determined they did not have the votes to pass it. AARP, which …

— You’d think it would be simple, but choosing a light bulb can be challenging because there are so many options at the store. This week, Efficiency Maine is providing information on how to choose a bulb and calculate lighting savings if you upgrade to a high-efficiency product. The most common types of bulbs include incandescent, halogen, compact fluorescents (CFLs), and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Here’s how the most common types of bulbs compare: Choosing the right color or bulb color temperature is …

— that take your money and never send you the product, or worse, send you a product that could cause you harm. Also, be sure to read the fine print on prescription drug coupons you find online. You might discover your purchase won’t count toward your deductible, or that the coupon expires after a certain number of refills. Be a fraud fighter!  If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam. Report scams to local law enforcement. Contact the …

— AARP applauds the withdrawal of the American Health Care Act. It would’ve been a boon for special interests, not a plan to improve care for Coloradans. The decision to pull the bill from consideration on March 24 in the U.S. House of Representatives shows Americans have the ability to make themselves heard. That bill would have added an “age tax” on older Americans and put vulnerable populations — including tens of thousands of Hispanics — at risk. The “age tax” would have cost older consumers thousands of dollars a …

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— Every day, millions of Americans lose their hard-earned money to identity theft and other types of scams.  Last year alone, 13.1 million Americans were victims of identity theft.  That’s one person victimized every two seconds! Protecting your personal information can help reduce your risk of identity theft.  One way to do this is to dispose of your personal information securely.  That is why AARP New Hampshire and Bank of New Hampshire have teamed up to offer six shred-a-thons at these …

— AARP Applauds Withdrawal of Health Bill Press Center, March 24, 2017 Media Contacts: AARP Media Relations, media@aarp.org, 202-434-2560, @AARPMedia WASHINGTON, DC  — In a statement today, AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond applauded the withdrawal of the House health care legislation that would have harmed millions of older Americans and their families: “The leadership’s decision to withdraw the bill from consideration proves that the voices of Americans are very powerful. This harmful legislation would have added an Age Tax on older …

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— More than 1.6 million Pennsylvanians care for older parents, spouses or other loved ones, helping them to live independently in their own homes. These family caregivers have a huge responsibility, and on April 20, 2017, a new law takes effect that will make life a little bit easier for them. The CARE (Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable) Act helps family caregivers when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home. The CARE Act requires hospitals to: Provide …

— Please call your elected officials and tell them to vote NO on the AHCA. The proposed health care legislation, known as the American Health Care Act, will hurt older adults and the disabled. Among other things, the law would: Impose an unfair and unacceptable “age tax.” Cost taxpayers billions when the AHCA turns Medicaid into block grants and shifts the costs to states. Force 24 million Americans to lose health coverage, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Follow the instructions below and …

— Distracted Driving 101: It May Save Your Life Making a call on your phone. Changing the radio station. Turning to talk to kids in the back seat. These are minor tasks, but distracted driving can lead to the same devastating results as driving under the influence. Are your habits—or those of your loved one—putting you at risk? Now you can do something about it. Register now for the AARP webinar, Distracted Driving 101 on April 24, 2017 at 5 p.m. MT, …

— In recognition of national Money Smart Week®, the AARP Fraud Watch Network is hosting Operation Stop Scams, a series of nationwide events from April 14–May 16. In Massachusetts, AARP is offering two free shredding events, one in April and one in May. Details are below. In the U.S. every 2 seconds someone’s identity is stolen. Shredding confidential documents no longer needed is a good way for people to protect themselves from ID theft and fraud, and the AARP Fraud Watch …