— 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 …

— 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. …

— Letter to Senate Warns Against Age Tax, Taking Away Pre-existing Condition Protections, Massive Health Care Cost Increases AARP  sent a letter to every member of the U.S. Senate urging them to start from scratch on the health care legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last week. The letter comes as AARP also begins to inform its members how each House member voted on the bill. “The deeply flawed House bill would add an Age Tax, increasing health care …

— We want to take a moment to express our appreciation for all of the Virginia State Legislators for their support of AARP Virginia’s 2017 Legislative Priorities. These priorities include increasing retirement security, strengthening financial exploitation laws, supporting family caregivers, and protecting vulnerable long-term care recipients. Please thank some or all of the legislators listed below – especially on topics that you are passionate about. The legislator(s) do not have to be in your district or region. Be sure to mention …

— 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 …

— When the Virginia General Assembly comes to town Jan. 11 for its 2017 session, AARP will be advocating to ensure that more Virginians have access to a retirement account at work. Delegate Luke Torian and Senator Frank Ruff are sponsoring legislation to create a retirement program for workers who do not have access to an employer-sponsored plan.  Similar to 401(k) plans, workers would have the option of saving for retirement through payroll deduction. Why Virginians Need Work and Save Social …

— One-half of all Pennsylvanians will get to vote for their member of Pennsylvania State Senate this year.  The term of office for a State Senator is four years, and there are 50 State Senate seats, but only half of them are up for election every two years. There is an unusual aspect to the 2016 State Senate elections.  Every ten years State Senate districts are re-drawn to ensure that the population in each district is roughly equal.  Unlike Congressional Districts, …

— By Holly Fisher South Carolina’s low income levels and high rate of food insecurity among older residents have made Social Security and Medicare important issues this election year. AARP South Carolina is urging members to ask presidential and congressional candidates about their views on Social Security and how to maintain it in the future. It’s a key issue in a state that ranks 43rd for median household income, forcing residents to stretch their limited resources to pay for food, housing …

— By Ann Hardie In the Nov. 8 election for U.S. Senate, voters will choose between someone they have known a long time and someone they are still getting to know. Republican incumbent Johnny Isakson, 71, first elected to the Senate in 2004, is running for a third term. Before that, he served three terms in the U.S. House and 17 years in the General Assembly. Democrat Jim Barksdale, 63, has never held political office and is running as an antiestablishment …

— Iowa Executive Council Member, Fraud Watch Network Volunteer Joe Marquart  Urges Senate Judiciary Action to Fight Fraud The United States Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on June 29 in Washington D.C. to hear testimony on “Protecting Older Americans from Financial Exploitation.”  Chaired by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the hearing included two panels of speakers.  The first panel consisted of John A. Horn, the United States Attorney in the Northern District of Georgia and Lois C. Greisman, head of the …