— Don’t be fooled by the bill in Congress that promises to fix the health care system. It is a boon for special interests, not a plan to improve care for regular folks in Colorado and around the country. The bill amounts to an “age tax” that would cost older consumers thousands of dollars a year for health insurance. At the same time, special interests would enjoy a windfall of tax breaks, including deals for insurance companies, drug makers and manufacturers …

— The 2017 legislative session has officially come to a close! AARP South Dakota advocates made your voice heard in Pierre, helping to pass legislation that will improve access to care in rural and underserved communities and supporting legislation that make the tough job of managing a loved ones’ estate a little bit easier.   They also protected the will of the people by keeping payday lenders out of our state and improving financial security for low income South Dakotans. This year …

— AARP is more active than ever in your community. As a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization for people aged 50-plus, with more than 950,000 members in Washington state, we provide information and resources on issues that matter most to you, your family and your friends. At AARP, one of our most valuable assets is our amazing team of volunteers. Through education, advocacy and service, AARP volunteers and staff work together to address community needs. With your skills, knowledge and wisdom, you’re uniquely …

— Medicare Voucher Proposal Will Increase Health Care Costs for Older Pennsylvanians By Joanne Grossi and Bill Johnston-Walsh Major changes being considered by our elected officials in Washington could dramatically increase costs for Pennsylvania’s 2.3 million older adults currently counting on Medicare benefits for their health care needs. That’s because some on Capitol Hill are proposing to replace Medicare’s guaranteed benefits with a voucher program as a way to reduce health care costs.  The voucher program, sometimes known as premium support, …

— Marylanders overwhelmingly (81%) want the legislature work to maintain affordable, reliable, and high quality traditional telephone service, according to a recent AARP Public Policy Institute survey. The organization is calling on the Maryland House of Delegates to pass the Wired Broadband Act of 2017 (HB 1313), legislation sponsored by Delegate Mark Fisher to require landline telephone companies to provide and maintain wired broadband service, and to commit to extending universal wired broadband access throughout the State. The 2017 AARP Public …

— By Pamela Schmid When Vikki Casey Steward signed up to be an advocate for AARP Minnesota three years ago, she had “no idea the potential for impact the role offered beyond, for example, working the booth at the State Fair.” Instead, two weeks after signing up, Steward, 62, of Eden Prairie, found herself at the state Capitol, meeting with her state senator and representative. Soon after that, she met with her U.S. representative, Republican Erik Paulsen. “He was very receptive; …

— With the 2017 legislative session under way, AARP Illinois is urging lawmakers to pass a fully functional budget that helps older residents continue to live independently in their own homes. Among other issues, the state office is fighting for affordable utility rates and supportive services for family caregivers. AARP Illinois invites members to amplify these efforts by joining its advocacy team. Volunteer training sessions will be scheduled in Chicago and Springfield. Interested? Call Teresa Jones at 217-747-8881 or email her …

— AARP in Sioux Falls hosted over 230 AARP members and guests at a fun red carpet event last Friday night to celebrate the Oscars and to discuss the importance of Medicare in South Dakota. Volunteers shared great information about why Medicare is important to them, and how turning the program into a voucher system could hurt low-income seniors in our state. More that half of the attendees took action – filing out 129 petitions that have been sent to Congress, urging them to …

— AARP North Dakota invites members to join our weekly legislative updates at 1:30 p.m. CT every Friday while the North Dakota Legislature is in session. You can join the meeting on your computer or mobile device, or you can just dial in by phone. The next update is Friday, March 31. Join fellow advocates and other members to hear the status of legislation important to our members and their families. Below is the link to join the online meeting and …

— In 2016, Georgia became the 43rd state to pass the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act (UAGPPJA), which helps family caregivers who are legal guardians save time and court costs by making sure specific adult guardianship laws are consistent and honored from state to state. Adult guardianship is a complex web of widely varying practices of multiple stakeholders that are frequently disconnected.  Oftentimes with guardianship advocacy, stakeholders work in “silos” – or convene in groups to advance legislation, …