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— AARP Florida Director Jeff Johnson warned hundreds of thousands of older Floridians Wednesday that they could lose thousands of dollars in income-tax deductions next year if Congress moves ahead with a U.S. House plan to impose a “health tax.” A House tax plan adopted last month would eliminate a current feature of tax law that allows Americans to deduct some of the cost of high medical expenses from their taxable income. As of 2017, taxpayers can deduct qualified medical expenses …

— Experience for Hire Experience for Hire is a collaborative project intended to rethink hiring in Michigan by connecting employers with experienced, qualified job seekers age 50 and over who are seeking full or part-time opportunities to put their valuable skills to work. This project is in a pilot phase and currently includes Ingham, Jackson, Macomb, and Wayne counties. Are you an employer seeking older workers?  Share your available job openings HERE. Are you an individual seeking employment?  Click HERE to search job postings. …

— We have all heard that the savings rate in U.S. is dismal. In fact, the typical working-age household has only $3,000 in retirement assets and retirement age households have only $12,000. Bringing it closer to home – the National Institute on Retirement Security ranks South Carolina 50th worst in 401k savings. Fortunately, we know one of the best ways to help people save is through the workplace. Research shows that individuals are 15 times more likely to save if their …

— The season of giving brings about holiday cheer that so many are thrilled to celebrate.  With Christmas right around the corner we know everyone is busy finding the perfect gifts for loved ones, decorating trees with ornaments, and spending quality time with family. With all those never ending to-do lists and bargain hunting, many are unaware of the possibility of fraud and scams. Unfortunately, amidst all of the wonderful festivities, some people on Santa’s ”naughty list” are ready to catch you …

—   By Mac McLean Cameron Smith has a simple message for the state’s 311,000 veterans: We’re here to help. But he’s having difficulty getting that message across. “Sometimes, our veterans have not been raising their hands,” said Smith, director of the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs (ODVA) since 2013. “We can do a much better job at helping them connect.” Smith launched a series of campaigns two years ago aimed at older, female and LGBTQ veterans. He’s forming new partnerships …

— Employees are much more likely to save for retirement if they can do so through automatic payroll deductions. Yet more than 55 million U.S. workers do not have access to a savings plan at work. When the state legislature convenes in January, AARP Tennessee will be pushing for Work and Save, a program that would make it easy for small businesses that do not currently offer a 401(k) or similar plan to give workers a way to put money aside …

— AARP Louisiana has a Speakers Bureau whose volunteers give presentations on topics such as fraud prevention, caregiving, health care, veterans resources and more. Louisiana is home to about 660,000 family caregivers and more than 290,000 veterans, two-thirds of whom are 50 and older. Louisiana ranked 12th in the nation in incidents of fraud complaints per capita reported to the Federal Trade Commission. To schedule a speaker for your community group, or to become an AARP speaker, call LaTonya Scott at …

— A state task force is considering ways to help more workers in New Mexico save for retirement. According to a 2016 study, more than half of private-sector workers in the state do not have a way to save for their future through payroll deductions. AARP New Mexico encouraged lawmakers to create the task force during the 2017 legislative session. State Treasurer Tim Eichenberg (D) is leading the effort to find ways to bolster savings. The group’s recommendations are due to …

— A landmark law aims to help about 154,000 unpaid family caregivers in the state to remain in the workforce while helping their parents, spouses or other relatives age in place. The Kupuna Caregiver Act will provide services worth up to $70 a day to ease the financial, physical and emotional stress on these caregivers. Such services could include home-delivered meals, personal care, transportation and adult day care, for example. Funded at $600,000 for one year beginning in 2018, the program …

— Thousands of older Alaskans stand to lose crucial assistance from a program that is due to expire in 2018. When the legislature convenes Jan. 16, AARP Alaska will be backing a bill to extend the state’s Senior Benefits Program, which provides cash assistance to more than 11,000 low-income Alaskans 65 and older. Monthly benefits range from $76 to $250 for individuals with annual income up to $26,355 and couples up to $35,508. The benefits help cover expenses such as food, …