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—  Survey: Medicare Beneficiaries at Risk from Card-Replacement Scams TALLAHASSEE – As the federal government undertakes a major initiative to issue new identification cards to the Medicare beneficiaries in Florida 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 Florida is participating in an education campaign to raise awareness among consumers about Medicare Card scams. Florida’s 4.33 million …

— AARP Arkansas is hosting two important Lunch and Learns regarding utility rates: one in Northwest Arkansas and another in Little Rock. Come have lunch on us and get the latest news about utility rates and utility assistance programs.  A special guest from the Arkansas Attorney General’s office will share information and insight.  Plus, AARP Arkansas will share information about our recent efforts to keep utility rates affordable for residential customers across Arkansas. The cost if FREE for both events, but …

— Each day, more than 123,000 Delawareans serve as caregivers for family members. Families are doing their best to care for loved ones at home. But they cannot do it alone. They need help to balance work, family and caregiving. Why does Delaware law say you cannot have a nurse’s aide come into your home and administer medicines to your loved one while you’re at work? AARP and a coalition of partners want to change this law, and let families get …

— ACT 633, regarding Voter ID, requires a voter in Arkansas to “verify his or her voter registration” before casting a ballot.  That means you’ll have to show some form of identification when you head to the polls. This new Voter ID Law is currently under judicial review and could be changed or removed from voting procedure.  But in the meantime, here are some Frequently Asked Questions about the new requirement that will help you prepare for upcoming elections.   QUESTION:  What …

— The documentary film Hot Coffee explores the famous McDonald’s hot coffee case and presents a side of the case you may not be familiar with.  Filmmaker and public interest lawyer Susan Saladoff uses the legal battle that began with a spilled cup of coffee to investigate what’s behind America’s zeal for tort “reform.” To view the film’s trailer, click here. AARP is showing the film at multiple locations. See details and registration information below. The film is free to view …

— North Carolina public policy expert Lisa Diaz Riegel has joined AARP North Carolina as Manager of Advocacy and Communications to help advance the needs of older adults in the state. One of her main goals at AARP is to help prepare policymakers and communities to meet the needs of the state’s rapidly aging population. Riegel, who most recently worked to improve transportation options for people of all ages as Executive Director of BikeWalk North Carolina, understands that addressing the needs …

— AARP is not taking a position on the Maine Home Care Ballot Initiative.  AARP continues to lead the fight on access to home and community based services for older Mainers. We are working to continue improving the system we have, as opposed to creating a competing and confusing secondary one. We know that quality, impactful, legislation takes time and we’re willing to do the hard work this issue deserves to support older Mainers who want to remain in their homes and communities …

— In case you missed the 2018 Iowa CARE Act teletown hall from Tuesday, April 3, the full recording of the call is now available online at the link below: https://ws.onehub.com/files/qju6yccg The 2018 Iowa CARE Act includes commonsense steps that will help family caregivers when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home. All Iowa patients have the opportunity to designate and record the name of a family caregiver when they are admitted to a hospital; the …

Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act becomes law in the Virgin Islands

— Español Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, You Tube, Yahoo, Gmail, icloud  – all but only some of the platforms and tools that connect us with our loved ones through technology. There is no doubt we are living the Digital Age.  Have you ever wondered what happens to your accounts created within these platforms after your passing? In the Virgin Islands, Family Caregivers who lost their loved one have struggled to obtain access to these accounts because once the owner of the accounts …

— Debunking the myth that older people drain resources, AARP Vermont is promoting public awareness of a study that shows Vermonters 50-plus are a boon to the state’s economy. Residents 50 and older make up 41 percent of the state population, yet account for 47 percent (or $14.3 billion) of its economic output, according to the 2017 Longevity Economy report, prepared by Oxford Economics for AARP. Moreover, residents 50-plus account for 62 percent of consumer spending in the state. “Clearly, people …