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— You are invited to join AARP President Eric Schneidewind and AARP’s Legislative Policy Director, David Certner, for a one-hour Q&A style conversation about  tax reform and potential bi-partisan legislation on health care from Senators Alexander and Murray.  Most importantly, you are invited to share your questions and comments with these key AARP leaders. When:  Thursday, November 9 at 2 p.m. ET (1 p.m. CT noon MT/11 a.m. PT) How:  Dial: 877-209-3531(toll-free and no PIN required) As always, the calls will be …

—   10 Things You Need to Know About ACA Enrollment and How to Choose a Health Insurance Plan Download our printable flyer!   When to apply: The marketplace open enrollment begins on Nov. 1, 2017 and ends on Dec. 15, 2017.   Who should apply? The Affordable Care Act (ACA) Health Insurance Marketplace (also called Obamacare) is where people who do not have health care coverage through their job or a government program, such as Medicare or Medicaid, purchase health insurance. …

— AARP has delivered to members of the United States Senate a petition signed by more than 2 million AARP members urging the Senate to reject measures that would result in deep cuts to Medicare and Social Security. The petition follows a letter AARP sent to Senators late last week, which said “We urge you to vote no on this measure.”   “Tens of millions of Americans of all ages depend on Social Security and Medicare, and the proposed Senate budget, would impose …

— AARP members are invited to join us for coffee and conversation when we are in your neighborhood. The locations we plan to be at before the end of the year are listed below. We’ll spend just a few minutes talking about our work to support family caregivers in North Dakota, health care, and some of our other initiatives. Then, we’d like to hear what’s on your mind. Please join an AARP North Dakota Executive Council member and a member of …

— Medicare Open Enrollment runs from October 15th through December 7th and is the perfect opportunity each year to review your Medicare plan coverage for 2018. AARP is encouraging everyone with Medicare coverage to compare their health and prescription drug plan options during the seven weeks of Medicare Open Enrollment. “Medicare Open Enrollment is your once-a-year opportunity to compare plans to find one that best meets your needs at a price that’s right for you,” said Lina Walker, PhD, Vice President …

— The Latest on Health Care: What Mainers Need to Know After working behind closed doors yet again, Senate leadership was considering a vote on a new health care bill this week in a last-ditch attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The bill was known simply as Graham-Cassidy, named for Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) who drafted it.  By Monday, September 25, three Republican Senators, including Maine Senator Susan Collins, had publicly voiced their opposition to …

— AARP Maine is hitting the road to talk about what’s been on everyone’s minds: health care. Funded by a grant from Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF), AARP Maine is holding a series of community forums throughout the state (please see our schedule, below).   During these open discussions, we hope you will share with us your concerns as well as your ideas on these sometimes complicated issues. Each forum features a panel of local experts including hospital administrators, physicians, public …

— By Tamara Lytle Virginia voters will choose this fall between candidates for governor who differ on taxes, health care and jobs. Republican Ed Gillespie, 56, chaired the Republican National Committee, was a White House counselor to George W. Bush and, more recently, worked as a lobbyist and political consultant. He lives in southern Fairfax County. Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, who turns 58 this month, is the Democratic nominee in the Nov. 7 election. He is a pediatric neurologist and an …

— By David Lewellen On May 5, state Sen. Fred Risser turned 90. Three weeks later, he took a 90-mile bike ride to celebrate—no cameras, no riding companions, just him going at his own pace. Riding one mile for every year has become a tradition for him. “It takes a little longer every year,” he said. Serving in the Wisconsin Legislature has been an even longer ride. Risser was reelected in November, without opposition, to his 14th four-year Senate term. Add …

— By Danica Lucker Shirley Leow’s experience as a former pharmaceutical researcher and biotech executive comes in handy when she advocates before the state General Assembly for affordable health care and keeping rural hospitals alive. “I earned a decent living, which provided for my retirement, but that’s not the case for many people,” Leow said. “I have many female friends, for example, who are widows and are struggling. That’s why I got involved with AARP.” Leow, 65, of Lakewood, leads AARP …