— SENATE HEALTH CARE BILL UNFAIR AND UNAFFORDABLE FOR MAINERS A VOTE ON THE BILL COULD TAKE PLACE AS EARLY AS MONDAY OR TUESDAY (JULY 24 or 25) SO PLEASE URGE SENATOR COLLINS TO STAND STRONG FOR MAINE AND VOTE NO: CALL 1-844-226-7032 Click here to see a message from our State Director, Lori Parham, on the impact of this legislation for Maine: https://www.facebook.com/AARPMaine/videos/10154414533941706/     After working behind closed doors, Senate leadership finally released their health care bill – The Better …

— Illinois finally has a budget after far too long without one. There were many consequences for the delay in pushing a balanced budget through. The prolonged crisis affected millions of Illinoisans – from college students and working families, to older residents and social service providers. Illinoisans of all backgrounds, angry over the lack of a balanced state budget, took action to demand results from the Governor and the Illinois General Assembly. Thank you for raising your voice and joining thousands …

—   The federal government grant scam has been around for years. But now, scammers are finding targets through social media. How it works: You see posts from people on Facebook claiming they have been awarded tens of thousands of dollars in a grant from the federal government, and that you could be eligible, too. You call the listed phone number, give some personal information, and  are told you qualify—all you have to do is send a money order or provide …

— RICHMOND _ AARP Virginia and the League of Women Voters of Virginia say they are disappointed that the People’s Debate is not included in the 2017 gubernatorial debate schedule, and are encouraging the candidates to reconsider. Democratic nominee Ralph Northam, the current Lieutenant Governor, on Wednesday released a list of three debates in which he would face Republican Ed Gillespie. The People’s Debate, sponsored by AARP and the League of Women Voters, was not included. The Gillespie campaign previously communicated …

— New York City tenants and taxpayers have reason to celebrate thanks to today’s City Council passage of Right to Counsel legislation that will provide all low-income tenants access to a lawyer in housing court. AARP applauds this first-in-the-nation legislation, which will make New York City a leader in preventing wrongful evictions– while dramatically reducing the cost to taxpayers for homeless shelters to house those wrongfully evicted. Thanks to the new bill, all tenants with incomes up to 200% of the …

— The dog days of summer have arrived. But with soaring temps and hours spent in the hot sun, an indoor (and air-conditioned!) activity can be a refreshing change of pace. If you’re looking to switch up your summer days and maybe even learn something new, check out the women’s suffrage exhibit at the New York State Capitol. This year marks the 100th anniversary of New York women winning the right to vote. From the Seneca Falls Convention to Elizabeth Cady …

— A number of events are planned in Bismarck-Mandan as part of a new partnership between AARP North Dakota and the Missouri Valley Family YMCA to promote healthy living and volunteerism in Bismarck-Mandan. The kick-off event for this partnership is the AARP-YMCA Community Picnic and Volunteer Fair, taking place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 22, at Sleepy Hollow Park. At the picnic you will be able to learn more about this partnership. You’ll also hear about opportunities to join pickleball classes, …

— We are in prime time for home repair scams. A common tactic is a “contractor” will come to your door and offer to do work on your home at a steep discount. He or she will likely demand payment upfront and then disappear. Or they will do the work but it will be shoddy, or they will demand more money to finish the job. Avoid working with contractors who contact you. Before you start any work, ask for references and …

— Greetings one and all… It is another glorious morning in Denver. I have been enjoying some quiet time on our back porch—soaking up the early morning sunshine, listening to the birds, and delighting in the myriad of flowers blooming in our gardens. My morning meditation also afforded the opportunity to reflect on the events of the past month—it has been quite the ride! As noted in my previous posting, my medical adventure began in late May with the diagnosis of …

— AARP signaled another milestone in its efforts to build a more localized presence in communities across the country, with the opening of AARP DC’s new office location in the Navy Yard neighborhood. On June 29, AARP DC celebrated the move with an “Opening Day” event attended by more than 100 guests, including: AARP DC Executive Council members, Andrus Award winners, former AARP DC State Presidents, AARP Chapter leaders, community leaders and AARP staff and volunteers. When AARP first established state …