— AARP Maine is hosting community conversations to address the high cost of prescription drugs. Mainers know firsthand what it’s like to get caught in a financial crunch when it comes to paying for prescription drugs, and the increasing cost of medications is hitting older Mainers particularly hard. Americans pay the highest prescription drug prices in the world, and costs are rising four times as fast as overall inflation. We’ve invited State Legislators and community members to discuss the challenges Mainers …

— Delaware’s Senate passed the Share the Care Act, SB 27, this week by a vote of 20-0. AARP is working with a statewide coalition of partners to pass the bill, and this vote moves it one step closer to becoming a law in Delaware. The Share the Care Act would remove a legal barrier that prevents home health aides or personal care workers from giving medicines to patients at home. The bill would make it possible for families to delegate …

— Is the high cost of your prescription drugs making you sick? Mainers are sharing their stories. Mainers are also attending our #StopRxGreed Community Conversations being held in towns across Maine in collaboration with state legislators. Join the conversation! Ask questions, tell us your story and work with us to make your voice heard. Click here to see the full schedule.   “I am a retired nurse.  I know how the healthcare system works. Despite research and multiple conversations with my …

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— The 2019 Georgia Legislative Session ended on April 2nd with several accomplishments of interest for Georgia’s 50+ and others around the state. Below are just a few. Broadband Expansion: Electric membership corporations and their affiliates are now authorized to provide high-speed internet, or broadband as it is commonly referred. AARP Georgia supports broadband expansion because broadband delivers new technologies that are improving the quality of life for people of all ages and can help older Georgians live independently in their …

—   By Reverend Doctor Kendrick E. Curry, AARP DC State President A little over 2 months ago, I was selected to serve as AARP DC’s volunteer State President. With more than 87,000 AARP members in the District, I still marvel at the collective power we have to make a positive difference in our community. The local budget season is heating up, and we need your help to ensure your Councilmembers include funding for critical programs in the final budget. On …

— A hundred AARP Michigan volunteers gathered at AARP College/Shining Star Gala in Ypsilanti April 18-19 for a unique learning and networking opportunity, along with some fun and entertainment. The conference at Eagle Crest Resort lived up to its “Past, Present and Future” theme, as the participants heard from everyone from AARP Founder Ethel Percy Andrus to Dr. Huei Peng, an expert on driverless cars. “It was an eventful two days, packed with experiences relevant to our mission, important information and …

— http:// With the opioid crisis affecting many Arkansans, sometimes we do not consider ways we may individually help address this issue. Individuals who have expired medications, especially pain medications, in their homes are one of the most unintentional facilitators of prescription drug abuse. AARP wanted to provide an opportunity to inform individuals of ways they may keep their families safe from addiction. Monday, April 22nd, AARP Arkansas will host a showing of the documentary film Chasing the Dragon at the …

— For Immediate Release April 16, 2019 Contacts: Jason Erskine / 206-604-7085 Cathy MacCaul / 206-218-5915 Statement from AARP Advocacy Director Cathy MacCaul on Today’s Senate Passage of HB 1087, the “Long-Term Care Trust Act”   Olympia, WA – With today’s bi-partisan support and successful Senate passage of the “Long-Term Care Trust Act” (House Bill 1087), Washington is poised to pioneer an innovative new solution aimed at addressing our growing long-term care funding crisis. Most Washingtonians are unprepared to meet their …

— Springfield, Ill. — Sending a strong message to drug companies that skyrocketing prescription drug prices must be stopped, the Illinois House of Representatives voted Wednesday to implement a novel new program aimed at arming doctors with unbiased, objective information on pharmaceuticals. House members voted 130 to 0 to pass HB 3097, sponsored by Rep. Theresa Mah, (D-2) and aimed at improving patient care and ultimately reducing health care costs. “Residents in Illinois have told us that the high cost of …