— May 24, 2017 – In keeping with its long history of fighting for affordable health care for people 50 and older, AARP is launching a  national campaign to make sure that any new health care legislation stops insurance companies from overcharging older Americans, lowers prescription drug prices, protects seniors’ ability to live independently and protects Medicare. AARP today announced new television ads against the Age Tax and other provisions in the health care bill, urging Senators to “vote No” on the …

— By Jim Buchanan Here in North Carolina, through painful experience, we know a thing or two about floods. With a flood, most of the focus – necessarily – is on not being swept away in the turbulent waters. But there’s more than the rushing waters. There’s what’s beneath – who knows what kind of contaminants picked up in the deluge, who knows what kinds of creepy-crawlies lurking beneath. That’s the way it is with Washington these days. The normal trickle …

— The American Health Care Act, which narrowly passed the U.S. House of Representatives on May 4 and is awaiting action by the U.S. Senate,  would make health care unaffordable and inaccessible for millions of Americans—including hundreds of thousands of Arkansans. The AHCA is very bad medicine for Arkansans, especially those ages 50 to 64. It would: X Remove protections for people with pre-existing health conditions, impacting over 280,000 Arkansans. X Weaken protections for people in the individual market and those …

— The American Health Care Act would make health care unaffordable and inaccessible for millions of Americans. The impacts of the bill on Virginians are listed below.   The bill reduces funding for Medicare, which will negatively affect beneficiaries.   The bill repeals a 0.9 percent payroll tax on higher-income workers, which would remove over $100 billion over ten years from the Hospital Insurance trust fund. This would hasten the insolvency of Medicare and diminish Medicare’s ability to pay for services …

— By Doug Dickerson, State Director, AARP North Carolina Few eyes are on Medicare, the healthcare plan that workers have paid into straight from their paychecks for almost 53 years.  Workers know that if there’s one thing that’s certain, is that healthcare is guaranteed if a person, regardless of their condition, can live to at least age 65.  Now, while the country’s attention is distracted with the President’s political troubles, conservative Congressional leaders are moving towards implementing a plan to drastically …

— The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday,  May 4, 2017,  passed the dangerous American Health Care Act by a razor-thin margin: 217-213. This bill gives billions to special interests while sticking ordinary Americans with huge premium hikes. It includes an “age tax” that would force Americans age 50 to 64 to pay up to $13,000 more for health care. It weakens Medicare, and it removes protections for people with pre-existing conditions. The House should not have passed it. How did …

—   Join us at the AARP Virginia Academy: Smarter Living for All Ages on Saturday, June 17th at the Lee Center in Alexandria. This all-day event includes classes, a community resource fair, and free document shredding. This event is designed to help you make plans for better living. Learn about keeping your brain healthy, preparing to care for a loved one, avoiding scams and frauds, and much more. You will get information about important life matters that you are faced …

— Plans to hold Members of Congress accountable while renewing opposition in Senate WASHINGTON, DC — AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond reiterated AARP’s opposition to the health bill passed in the U.S. House of Representatives that would harm American families who count on access to affordable health care: “AARP is deeply disappointed in today’s vote by the House to pass this deeply flawed health bill. The bill will put an Age Tax on us as we age, harming millions of American …

— AARP joined approximately sixty other public and private organizations in supporting the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) at the 12th Annual USPTO Employee Health and Wellness Fair on April 27th.  This event was held in the Madison Auditorium on the USPTO  Alexandria, Virginia campus, and drew an estimated 3,000 attendees. The Health and Wellness Fair was held in conjunction with the Bring-Your-Child-to-Work-Day and was attended by employees and their families.  This resulted in an event drawing people of …

— Starting next April, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will begin issuing Medicare cards that do not display Social Security numbers. New beneficiaries will get the modernized cards first, and then new cards will be issued to existing beneficiaries. This change presents an opening to scammers. If you get a call claiming to be from Medicare asking you to confirm your Social Security number for the new card, this is a scam! It is also a scam if you …