Saving for the Future Just Got Easier for Washingtonians

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-04-17T20:52:01+00:00">April 17, 2018</time> by AARP Washington

By Cathy MacCaul, AARP Washington Advocacy Director A new retirement savings initiative has launched in Washington. The Retirement Marketplace officially opened the nation’s first online savings portal in March, where businesses and individuals can comparison shop for low-cost, state-verified retirement savings plans. The Retirement Marketplace at www.retirementmarketplace.com was created to help approximately 2 million Washingtonians who do not have access to retirement savings plans through their workplace. We know a secure retirement is out of reach for millions of Americans, especially those …

Seattle’s Safest Driver: Changing Behavior for the Better

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-04-13T18:29:48+00:00">April 13, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-04-13T19:13:31+00:00">April 13, 2018</time> by AARP Washington

What does it take to change behavior behind the wheel? Well, apparently an app that tracks your every move. Friendly competition and cash prizes don’t hurt either. In November 2017, the Seattle Department of Transportation kicked off an 8-week Seattle’s Safest Driver competition, in partnership with PEMCO Insurance and Cambridge Mobile Telematics. The goal was to improve driver behavior and increase awareness of Seattle’s Vision Zero efforts to end traffic deaths and serious injuries on city streets by 2030. In …

AARP Washington Announces 2018 Community Challenge Grant Program Now Accepting Applications

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-03-22T18:23:05+00:00">March 22, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-04-05T17:02:31+00:00">April 5, 2018</time> by AARP Washington

[SEATTLE, WA] — AARP is now accepting applications for the 2018 AARP Community Challenge grant program to fund “quick-action” projects that spark change in local communities. The grant program, which is now in its second year, is part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative, which aims to make communities great places to live for all ages. The Community Challenge is open to 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(6) nonprofits and government entities.  Other types of organizations will be considered on a case-by-case …

Nation’s first online Retirement Marketplace launches in Washington

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-03-20T18:52:03+00:00">March 20, 2018</time> by AARP Washington

OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced the nation’s first online portal where businesses and individuals can comparison shop for low-cost, state-verified retirement savings plans. The Retirement Marketplace at www.retirementmarketplace.com  was created to help approximately 2 million Washingtonians who do not have access to retirement savings plans through the workplace. About 131,000 Washington businesses, most of them small businesses, don’t offer retirement plans to employees. Small businesses struggle to offer retirement savings plans because of their …

Consumer Financial Relief Finds Traction in Olympia

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-03-13T15:40:29+00:00">March 13, 2018</time> by AARP Washington

Sixty days and more than 4,000 bills later, Washington State legislators have closed this year’s 2018 session.  Of the many bills AARP targeted and focused on, those that help put money back into the hands of consumers were standouts.  The elimination of credit freeze fees; more money for those living in care facilities; relief from some property tax levies; restoration of funding for hearings aids; and the defeat of an attempt to reduce homeowner protections are now in the “win” …

AARP Washington Opposes HB2533 – The Long-Term Care Trust Act

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-02-08T19:21:40+00:00">February 8, 2018</time> by AARP Washington

OLYMPIA, WA – February 8, 2018 – Doug Shadel, state director of AARP Washington issued the following statement regarding AARP’s opposition to House Bill 2533, the Long-Term Care Trust Act, which was recently passed out of the House Appropriations Committee, and now heads for a vote on the floor of the Washington State House of Representatives. “For years, AARP Washington has worked with stakeholders to develop solutions to help people pay for the care they need to live independently and …

Free Tax Assistance Available Now from the AARP Foundation

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-02-01T13:36:10+00:00">February 1, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-03-15T14:33:30+00:00">March 15, 2018</time> by AARP Washington

By Christina Clem, AARP Washington There are few constants in life but there is something that happens like clockwork every year.  That’s right.  Tax season is upon us.  Fortunately, help is available. The AARP Foundation is providing free tax assistance and preparation through its Tax-Aide program from Feb. 1 through April 17. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service. Since its inception, the program has served more than 50 million taxpayers. The program was …

Olympia: The Legislative Showdown

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-01-30T16:04:00+00:00">January 30, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-02-06T19:12:01+00:00">February 6, 2018</time> by AARP Washington

By Cathleen MacCaul, Advocacy Director, AARP Washington February is upon us and we find ourselves half-way through the 2018 legislative session.  We are not an association that rests on its laurels. While AARP Washington is monitoring progress on more than 100 bills, a handful – good and bad – are getting our full attention. Credit Freeze Charges After the Equifax data breach last year, fraud experts recommended that consumers place a credit freeze with all three bureaus, Experian, Equifax and …

Congratulations to Olympia’s Patrick Seifert for Supporting Veterans

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-01-24T18:03:39+00:00">January 24, 2018</time> by AARP Washington

Congratulations to Patrick Seifert for being one of the winners in @createthegood’s 25 Days of Honoring Heroes Contest. Veterans and those that support them were nominated for their impact in the community. Winners received up to $1,000. Sean W. submitted an essay nominating Patrick for his dedication to combating suicides in the veteran community through his organization, @Twenty22Many-Olympia. In the essay, Sean says: “Patrick has been the voice of the 22 suicides today among our veteran population in this great …

State Legislators Need to Stand Up for Senior Homeowners

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-01-23T18:16:41+00:00">January 23, 2018</time> by AARP Washington

For Immediate Release  January 23, 2018 Property Tax Exemption Bills Drifting Away from Goal (OLYMPIA, WA) – This week the legislature is reviewing and making decisions on several bills impacting our states seniors and more specifically the Senior Property Tax Exemption (SB 6314, HB 2597, SB 6251, HB 2608, SJR 8212). According to the “Who Pays?” report from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP), Washington State has the most upside down, or “regressive” tax system in the nation. …