— SENATE HEALTH CARE BILL UNFAIR AND UNAFFORDABLE FOR MAINERS A VOTE ON THE BILL COULD TAKE PLACE AS EARLY AS MONDAY OR TUESDAY (JULY 24 or 25) SO PLEASE URGE SENATOR COLLINS TO STAND STRONG FOR MAINE AND VOTE NO: CALL 1-844-226-7032 Click here to see a message from our State Director, Lori Parham, on the impact of this legislation for Maine: https://www.facebook.com/AARPMaine/videos/10154414533941706/     After working behind closed doors, Senate leadership finally released their health care bill – The Better …

— CHARLOTTE — AARP in Charlotte is presenting a series of free workshops this month to help people prepare the challenges of caregiving and long-term care as well as an overview of Medicare, from how to choose a plan and the benefits Medicare offers, to what changes to the program may come in the future. The events are free and open to the public, but registration is requested. Prepare to Care This workshop includes information on how to have vital conversations …

— About 56,000 Hawaii residents will lose health care coverage by 2022 under the Senate’s health care bill, according to a new analysis of the legislation by the AARP Public Policy Institute. The bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act caps spending on Medicaid and cuts $772 billion in federal Medicaid spending, shifting costs to states, state taxpayers and families. AARP estimates Hawaii would lose $1.9 billion in total federal and state Medicaid funding from FY2020 to FY 2026. …

— Medicare isn’t there for you only when you’re sick. The health care program offers a slew of preventive services as well, including immunizations for older patients, who are especially vulnerable to influenza. The AARP Protect Medicare van is crisscrossing North Carolina this summer, reminding residents of the benefits Medicare offers and the battle to defend it. Preventive services under Medicare include screenings for colorectal cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other chronic illnesses. The program covers flu shots because influenza can …

— State Underfunds Cost-Effective Non-Medicaid In-Home Services for Elderly ALBANY, N.Y. – While New York is doing a better job meeting the long-term care needs of seniors and adults with physical disabilities according to a new Long-Term Services and Supports State Scorecard, the Empire State needs to do more if it is to be among the nation’s top performers. The 2017 Scorecard compiled by AARP, The Commonwealth Fund and The SCAN Foundation credited New York and Tennessee with the greatest overall …

— Weekly Series Focuses on Important Issues to Inform Older Mainers about Policies in the American Health Care Act (AHCA) Portland, Maine, June 19, 2017 — AARP Maine today launched “AHCA Spotlight: What It Means for You” to raise awareness of key policy proposals in the American Health Care Act (AHCA) that are being debated in the Senate and how they would hurt older Mainers. Over the next three weeks, AARP Maine will highlight different policy areas of concern including changes …

— [SEATTLE, WA] – Washington ranks #1 when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents and people with disabilities, but AARP warns more must be done, at an accelerated pace, to meet changing demographic demands.  Specific areas of concern in Washington include the need for more job opportunities for adults with disabilities who need assistance with activities of daily living. This, according to a new, comprehensive state-by-state Scorecard from AARP with support of the nation’s leading organizations …

— Over 575,000 Arkansans rely on Medicare to help pay for their prescription drugs, doctor visits and hospitalizations. AARP Arkansas​ volunteer Joy Crow explains how the new healthcare bill weakens Medicare by reducing spending, hastening Medicare’s insolvency and increasing premiums. Instead of giving a windfall to pharmaceutical companies, Congress should do more to reduce the burden of high prescription drug costs!

— AARP Iowa is hosting briefings this month to inform members about health care reform and possible changes to Medicare. Federal legislation could lead to major changes in health care, and Iowans can learn at these meetings how to help ensure access to health care for everyone 50 and older. Experts will listen to members’ concerns and suggest ways to get involved in advocacy efforts, including contacting members of Congress and state leaders. The meetings are set for Sioux City, June …

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— Medicare and Medicaid recipients will breathe a sigh of relief as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) announced that they are in the process of removing social security numbers from insurance cards. This move will offer greater protection to 57.7 million Americans. The new cards will use a unique, randomly-assigned 11-digit number, referred to a  Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI). The MBI will replace the older Social Security-based insurance number, currently used on insurance cards. “We’re taking this step to …