— 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 …

— Families often find themselves shopping for an assisted living in the middle of a family crisis. A loved one is in the hospital and the discharge planners want to place him or her in an assisted living as soon as possible. You have no idea where to start! There are agencies and resources to help you. Alaska’s Aging and Disability Resource Center (877-625-2372) can help you find the services your relative needs wherever you live in Alaska. You can also …

— By Nicole Duritz The other day I parked downtown to run an errand on my way home from work. I plugged the meter for just 30 minutes as I was sure I could get back to my car in the time allowed. But I didn’t expect a long line at the checkout counter. As I headed back to my car, I saw the dreaded parking ticket on my windshield. The error cost me money. It was an unwanted expense and …

— At a bill signing ceremony this morning, Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell recognized AARP’s support of SB 169 – Statewide Immunization Program. Sen. Cathy Giessel sponsored the bill. SB 169 establishes a statewide vaccination program and creates a vaccine assessment commission with the Department of Health and Social Services. The purpose of the program is to monitor, purchase and distribute recommended vaccines to providers, making available universal access for all ages to vaccines. Originally, the legislation targeted only children, but AARP worked …

— Join us for the next (FREE) Lunch & Learn on May 14 in Anchorage. Presented by Judith Bendersky/Jeanné Larson of the Alaska Medicare Information Office, the May 14 Lunch & Learn topic is: Medicare and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). As a Medicare beneficiary, how will the ACA affect you? Date: Tuesday, May 14 Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Location: Medicare Information Office, 400 Gambell Street (Conf. Rm. 343) in Anchorage, Alaska. The Medicare Information Office is located on the corner …