Report: Healthy Michigan benefits entire state

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2017-12-06T11:14:01+00:00">December 6, 2017</time> by AARP Michigan

From Gongwer News Service Michigan’s Medicaid expansion program, Healthy Michigan, has kept health insurance premiums lower overall and has fostered health care innovation, particularly in terms social factors of health, but the legislation that enacted the program has a grave defect that could cost the state the overall benefit of the program, a report by the Citizens Research Council said.  The report said the Legislature’s requirement that the Healthy Michigan plan end if the state incurs more costs than savings …

Experienced workers sought for job openings

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2017-12-06T08:38:00+00:00">December 6, 2017</time> by AARP Michigan

  Dear Experienced Worker: Are you currently interested in full-time (or part-time) work in the mid-Michigan area? Experience for Hire is a program spearheaded by AARP Michigan in collaboration with the organizations listed below. This program matches Michigan job openings with the skill sets of workers who are 50-and-older. Experience for Hire provides a great opportunity for you to find employment that requires your specific skill sets. Vetted job seekers and employers will be brought together at a free hiring event on: January 24, 2018 – …

DTE Energy offers tips on saving on winter heat bills

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-12-05T03:00:00+00:00">December 5, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-12-05T14:57:46+00:00">December 5, 2017</time> by AARP Michigan

When temperatures start to fall in Michigan, one thing is certain: you’ll start to use more natural gas to heat your home, which can lead to higher energy bills. Colder weather conditions lead to higher natural gas consumption, but there are ways you can save. For tips on how to reduce your heating bill, click here.

Senate plan could lead to major Medicare cuts

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2017-12-01T09:47:42+00:00">December 1, 2017</time> by

WASHINGTON, DC—AARP has sent a letter to the U.S. Senate expressing concerns about tens of billions of dollars in potential cuts to Medicare next year alone, as well as potential tax increases or little or no tax relief for older Americans. The full text of the letter from AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins to the Senate is below: Dear Senator:  On behalf of our members and all Americans age 50 and older, AARP is writing to express our views on …

Holiday season is also season of scams

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2017-11-29T10:41:17+00:00">November 29, 2017</time> by AARP Michigan

As we enter the holiday season, it pays to be vigilant to avoid scams or slip-ups that could put a damper on your celebrations. Here are some ways to keep your holidays happy: Beware of deals. Be wary of those too-good-to-be-true deals, especially those that show up as links on your social media feeds. Check out reviews, search the retailer’s name with “scam” to see what comes up, and if it’s a retailer you already know and frequent online, go …

Repeal of health coverage requirement will leave millions uninsured

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2017-11-16T08:16:41+00:00">November 16, 2017</time> by AARP Michigan

WASHINGTON, DC—Today AARP Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer Nancy LeaMond released the following statement in response to the amendment to the tax bill that repeals the health coverage requirement:    “The amendment to repeal the individual health coverage requirement will leave millions of Americans uninsured, destabilize the health insurance market, and lead to spikes in the cost of premiums.  “The Congressional Budget Office recently confirmed that repealing the individual health coverage requirement would lead to 13 …

‘Disrupt Aging’ flash mob video hits a half million

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2017-10-31T11:10:37+00:00">October 31, 2017</time> by AARP Michigan

AARP Michigan’s flash mob event with a “disrupt aging” theme has reached an impressive milestone. The flash mob video has eclipsed a half million views. The flash mob video was recorded in June. Lake St. Clair Metropark serves as the backdrop for this unique and exciting celebration of “disrupt aging.” The video features an 81-year-old weight lifter, a 58-year-old violinist, a 66-year-old magician, 65-year-old belly dancer, a 75-year-old recent college graduate, and more than 100 older adults and kids having a …

Volunteer tax preparers needed in Lansing area

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-10-24T11:33:01+00:00">October 24, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-10-24T11:35:06+00:00">October 24, 2017</time> by AARP Michigan

LANSING, MI —AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, the nation’s largest free, volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance service, is seeking volunteer tax-preparers in the Lansing area to help residents who need help preparing and filing their 2017 returns. Volunteers are needed in Lansing, East Lansing, Okemos and Charlotte. The time commitment is 10 to 20 hours for training and several hours each week from February 1 to April 15 doing counseling and tax return preparation. The volunteer prepares tax forms, answers questions and …

And the 2017 AARP Michigan Andrus Award winner is… Gladys Pearson

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2017-10-18T08:54:28+00:00">October 18, 2017</time> by AARP Michigan

Gladys Pearson has fed families. She has organized women’s workshops and helped to promote breast cancer awareness. The West Bloomfield woman has led drives to provide backpacks and prom dresses for students, and has sponsored character-building workshops for young people. In recognition of these and many other achievements, Pearson is the winner of the 2017 AARP Michigan Andrus Award for Community Service, the organization’s most prestigious volunteer honor. The Andrus Award honors Michiganders who are sharing their experience, talent, and …

Social Security COLA provides some relief

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2017-10-13T10:07:34+00:00">October 13, 2017</time> by AARP Michigan

WASHINGTON, DC—ARP released the following statement from AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins in response to the announced cost of living adjustment (COLA) for Social Security beneficiaries in 2018: “Today’s 2 percent COLA announcement gives some relief to Social Security beneficiaries and their families who depend on their earned, modest benefits. Since 2011, beneficiaries have received little to no increase – never more than 1.7 percent. For the tens of millions of families who depend on Social Security for all or most of their …