— With electricity, cell phone service and even landline communications knocked out or damaged in much of the eastern Florida Panhandle after Hurricane Michael, one major emerging need is for information about who needs help. While most people age 50-plus treasure their independence and vigor, natural disasters can hit older people especially hard. AARP is working to connect those you care about to assistance. At present, it is difficult if not impossible for public officials and aid workers to get in …

— The rules have changed and now, more Virginians can get low-cost, quality health insurance that covers preventive care, doctor visits, prescriptions, hospitalizations, mental health care, laboratory and x-ray services, rehabilitative services, medical equipment, and more. Beginning January 1, 2019, thousands of Virginians aged 19-64 will be able to get the health care they need so they can have peace of mind and greater financial security. It will help individuals to be more productive in their jobs and allows families to …

— Beneficiaries have until Dec. 7 to review coverage and make changes for 2019 Medicare’s annual eight-week open enrollment period begins today. Beneficiaries have until Dec. 7 to take stock of their current coverage and decide whether it meets their health care needs — and budget. All the decisions made during open enrollment will take effect in January. If you don’t want to change your coverage, no action is required. But, with few exceptions, this is the one chance to change …

— Four Steps to Take During Medicare Open Enrollment Click here to print our flyer: Medicare 2018 Open Enrollment Flyer MAINE Medicare Open Enrollment is the only time of the year when over 290,000 Medicare recipients in Maine can review and make changes to their Medicare coverage. October 15th through December 7th is Medicare Open Enrollment season and any changes you make will be in place on January 1, 2019. During open enrollment you can: Join a Medicare Prescription Drug plan; Switch …

— It was one of those times while working at AARP that made me feel we really had a chance to make a difference. Everyone who has been here any length of time knows what I’m talking about. AARP Michigan and a host of partners put nine months into a study of disparities in the state’s health care system. Our findings and calls to action were released in a report on Oct. 2 at an event attended by more than 200 …

— Submitted by Zachary Vickers It’s a conversation many of us will be confronted with at some point, even though it’s an uncomfortable topic of discussion. How do we want to be cared for at the end of our lives? Last July, Governor Malloy signed into law the adoption of a new program known as the Medical Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST). MOLST is a medical order form designed to provide patients, with terminal or other life-threatening conditions, greater control over …

— Proposition 3, on the ballot this November, is an expansion of the Medicaid program, which is jointly funded by the Utah state and federal government.  If passed, an additional 150,000 Utahns will have access to affordable healthcare through Medicaid, and it will bring $800 million of federal tax dollars Utahns already pay back into our state to pay for the expansion.  The expansion will add approximately 14,000 new jobs, and this new economic activity will add $1.7 billion to Utah’s …

—   Michigan’s rambling health care system is rife with disparities related to race, geography and income that create uneven access to care, treatment and wellness, according to a new AARP report released today. “Disrupting Disparities: A Continuum of Care for Michiganders 50 and Older,” a nine-month, in-depth study of health care in the state, proposes a range of remedies including creation of a coordinated care network, maintaining Healthy Michigan Medicaid expansion, extending broadband technology to all corners of the state, …

— AARP Delaware and the Bear Glasgow YMCA are teaming up to bring you fitness, food, friends and fun. The event will feature an exciting line-up of entertainment, family activities, music, refreshments, awards and giveaways. Enjoy juggling, face painting and balloon twisting. All are encouraged to wear a favorite costume and win a prize if you win “best costume.” And, you can even bring your old credit card, bank and tax statements to be securely disposed of at the AARP Shred …