— AARP is pleased to endorse the bipartisan Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act (H.R. 3759) that will create a strategy to support family caregivers. The Senate recently passed the RAISE Act in a unanimous vote, which AARP applauded. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D) was a Senate co-sponsor of the bill. Now it’s time for the House to do the same by approving H.R. 3759 — and you can help by calling your U.S. Representative and urging her/him to …

— RICHMOND _   AARP volunteers head to the Virginia General Assembly next week to ask legislators to start a program to help workers save for retirement.   With more than 1 million members in Virginia, AARP is the largest organization working on behalf of people age 50+ in the Commonwealth.  When lawmakers head to the capitol next week, AARP Virginia advocates will ask them to pass legislation to help workers save for retirement with a Work and Save Plan.   AARP …

—   Legislation supporting Michigan’s 2 million family caregivers won bipartisan passage in the state House today and heads to the governor’s desk. The House voted 70-38 in favor of Senate Bill 352, the Michigan Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act that would support and equip family caregivers with the basic information and training they need when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home. The Senate concurred in minor amendments immediately afterward. The Senate unanimously passed …

— AARP members are invited to gather in Springfield for a free and exclusive tour of the only home and gardens in Ohio that were designed by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Explore the Westcott House and its beautiful surrounding period gardens. Three tours of the Prairie Style home – built in 1908 for Burton & Orpha Westcott and their family – will take place simultaneously at 1 pm on Tuesday, July 22. The tours will cover the main house, garage …

— WASHINGTON – AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond offered the following statement in reaction to the budget agreement passed yesterday evening by the U.S. House of Representatives: “We’re pleased this bipartisan agreement takes an important step forward in reducing the deficit and providing sequester relief without cutting the vital, lifeline benefits of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. “Our members and older Americans care about both our national deficit and getting our economy back on track, as well as protecting the …

— Leslie Sipers is an Advocacy Specialist for AARP Massachusetts Hello all, It’s been a busy fall so far at the State House and AARP Massachusetts has been equally busy advocating for you on the federal, state and local level. Here’s a quick update on the work that that has been done this week. House Passes $94M Budget Bill; Tacks on $20M for for Low-Income Heating On Wednesday, House lawmakers unanimously passed a $94.6 million spending bill—officially closing the books on …

— The state House today gave final passage to the Healthy Michigan legislation, which will provide Medicaid health care coverage to 470,000 uninsured people in the state. The House concurred in Senate amendments to House Bill 4714 by a tally of 75-32. It now goes to Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature. Snyder, a strong supporter of Medicaid expansion, has said he will sign the bill. The Senate did not give the bill so-called “immediate effect,” so as it stands, Medicaid expansion …

— UPDATE:  Thursday night, the Senate passed the budget; the pension payment is secure! Wednesday night, the House passed the FY2014 state budget that provided for the $12.9 million sales tax surplus to be deposited into the state pension fund. This is a big victory for all who pressed members to uphold the state’s responsibility and abide by pension reform legislation passed in 2011. The budget was subsequently approved by the Senate Finance Commitee and awaits final approval by the Senate today. …

— Tallahassee, Fla.  – AARP Florida State Director Jeff Johnson issued this statement Friday in reaction to the federal Health and Human Services’ Department decision to approve a state plan to transfer all Florida Medicaid patients needing acute health care into managed-care plans:    “For better or worse, it is a new day for this important health-coverage program in Florida.  It’s time for state agencies to step up and prove that this new system will deliver the improvements in access to care, …

— The Senate’s budget proposal has been released with several positive results! This is the last chance to highlight the importance of elder issues before the ink permantly dries it and the budget goes to conference committee.   Tomorrow the Massachusetts Senate will begin its debate to decide what programs and services get funded – and what gets cut – in the next fiscal year.    Contact your senator to ensure older adults may have access to the services that help …