Survey finds Medicare Beneficiaries at Risk from Card-Replacement Scams

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-04-10T16:19:19+00:00">April 10, 2018</time> by AARP Alaska

AARP Alaska Joins in Campaign to Help Keep Scammers from Conning Enrollees ANCHORAGE, AK – As the federal government undertakes a major initiative to issue new identification cards to the Medicare beneficiaries in Alaska and nationwide, an AARP survey finds that a majority of those enrollees are at risk of being victimized by fraud schemes designed to capitalize on the card replacement program. In response, AARP Alaska is participating in an education campaign to raise awareness among consumers about Medicare …

AARP Launches ‘The Perfect Scam℠’ Podcast Series

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-04-06T12:51:31+00:00">April 6, 2018</time> by AARP Alaska

  ‘The Perfect Scam’ Pulls Back the Curtain on America’s Most Shocking Scam Stories; Hosted by Frank Abagnale and Will Johnson WASHINGTON, DC — AARP announces the launch of “The Perfect Scam”, a weekly podcast profiling America’s most shocking consumer scam stories. The show, available starting today, April 6, is co-hosted by Will Johnson, an award-winning producer and veteran podcast host, and AARP Fraud Watch Network Ambassador Frank Abagnale, an FBI fraud consultant whose story was told in a hit book and …

AARP Helps Taxpayers Avoid IRS Imposter and Related Scams

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-03-28T13:39:44+00:00">March 28, 2018</time> by AARP Alaska

New Poll Finds 1 in 4 Americans Often Not Prepared to Face Aggressive Scammers AARP Fraud Survey, March 2018 WASHINGTON, DC—As tax time approaches, AARP’s Fraud Watch Network is redoubling its efforts to help taxpayers avoid criminal imposters who aim to defraud them.  The problem is serious, with the Federal Trade Commission reporting that tax fraud ranked second in 2017 in types of identity theft reported, as over 82,000 reports were made last year.  But a new poll from AARP, which surveyed …

AARP Alaska Advocacy Update

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-03-21T18:28:49+00:00">March 21, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-03-21T18:55:49+00:00">March 21, 2018</time> by AARP Alaska

by Ken Helander, AARP Alaska Director of Advocacy khelander@aarp.org   Federal Advocacy AARP is urging Congress to stand up to drug companies who are trying to reopen the Medicare Part D provisions in the bipartisan budget deal recently passed by Congress. The bill shifts additional costs for coverage onto the drug companies. Drug companies are heavily lobbying Congress to reverse this increase and lower their share of the costs. Tell Congress to stand up to big drug companies and lower …

AARP Alaska Advocacy Report for February 19, 2018

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-02-19T18:43:18+00:00">February 19, 2018</time> by AARP Alaska

State Legislation Smoke Free Workplaces (SB 63). AARP Alaska supports the right of Alaskans to breathe smoke-free air at work and in public spaces. SB 63 is waiting for a hearing in the House Rules committee. No action necessary at this time. Senior Benefits (HB 236). AARP Alaska supports reauthorization through 2024 of the Senior Benefits program that provides monthly cash assistance to low-income Alaskans over age 65. HB 236 awaits a hearing in the Senate Finance committee. No action …

Your AARP Alaska Advocacy Update – February 12

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-02-12T16:21:59+00:00">February 12, 2018</time> by AARP Alaska

by Ken Helander, AARP Alaska Advocacy Director Federal Advocacy On the Federal front, Congress passed its very large budget deal that included a number of items that are important to AARP and health care.  The bill permanently repealed the Medicare therapy caps which will be a big relief to millions of older people who require extensive physical or occupational therapies.  The bill also funds the Community Health Centers for two more years (Alaska depends on these centers for much of …

AARP Foundation Survey Finds Connections, Not Candy, Are Preferred Valentine’s Day Gift

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-02-12T13:31:19+00:00">February 12, 2018</time> by AARP Alaska

Nearly Half of Respondents Also Worry About a Friend or Family Member Feeling Lonely on Valentine’s Day WASHINGTON, DC—A survey released today by AARP Foundation finds that only one gift really matters this year for Valentine’s Day: Making time for others. Sixty-three percent of survey respondents said that spending time with a romantic partner or with friends or family is the most meaningful way to celebrate the holiday. Just 13 percent of those surveyed preferred receiving flowers, candy or other …

Weekly Advocacy Report – Jan 23

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-01-23T14:15:32+00:00">January 23, 2018</time> by AARP Alaska

by Ken Helander, AARP Alaska Federal Advocacy AARP has been working hard through the constant stream of Congressional issues that would affect our members.  Of current concern are potential cuts to Medicare services, including placing caps on therapy services (physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy) which could be quickly exceeded by a person with chronic needs or extensive post-surgery rehab.  AARP opposes these caps that could significantly increase a Medicare beneficiary’s out of pocket expenses. State Advocacy AARP Alaska supports SB …

AARP Explores Utility and Functionality of Tech Platforms Designed for Family Caregivers

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-01-16T18:55:21+00:00">January 16, 2018</time> by

Study focuses on smartphone apps for care coordination, emergency response systems, and online services for in-home aide selection. Report conducted by Project Catalyst group comprised of founding members AARP, Pfizer, UnitedHealthcare, MedStar Health, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.   WASHINGTON, DC—Family caregivers can benefit from technology designed to meet their specific care needs, according to an AARP report issued today that details how technology can help caregivers and their care recipients. The report’s findings indicate that there is a need …

AARP Applauds Congressional Passage of RAISE Family Caregivers Act

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-01-10T16:20:11+00:00">January 10, 2018</time> by AARP Alaska

Bipartisan bill would develop a strategy to support family caregivers WASHINGTON, DC—AARP welcomes passage in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives of the bipartisan Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act (H.R. 3759). The legislation, introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and in the U.S. House by Representatives Gregg Harper (R-MS) and Kathy Castor (D-FL), requires the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop …