— AARP Connecticut State Director Nora Duncan provided an additional comment in regards to Governor Ned Lamont’s budget proposal: While Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont’s budget proposal has pros and cons, AARP Connecticut is concerned about the negative effect of the accumulated cuts and taxes to lower and middle-income retirees who already struggle because of our high cost of living or who might choose to leave Connecticut for the same reason. The call for repeal of a bipartisan income tax relief promise …

— AARP Mississippi invites Jackson residents to raise their voices on issues that are important to them. The Jackson Age-Friendly survey is an opportunity to speak up on issues that affect Jackson residents of all ages. The city of Jackson recently signed on as a member of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities. The network helps participating communities become great places for people of all ages by adopting features such as safe, walkable streets; better housing and transportation options; access …

— AARP has opened applications for the 2019 AARP Community Challenge grant program to fund “quick-action” projects that spark change across the country. Now in its third year, the program is part of AARP’s nationwide work on Livable Communities. Grants can range from several hundred dollars for small, short-term activities to several thousand dollars for larger projects. “The AARP Community Challenge helps local leaders and organizations make immediate improvements that benefit residents of all ages. With direct support from AARP, communities …

— Patients who seek treatment at freestanding emergency rooms in Texas would gain new safeguards from surprise medical bills, under a measure filed today in the Legislature that’s supported by AARP Texas. State Rep. Tom Oliverson (R-Cypress) filed House Bill 2041 to better inform consumers about what fees they may incur and what their insurance will cover at freestanding emergency rooms. Specifically, a written “disclosure statement” – in both English and Spanish – would be provided to patients prior to treatment. …

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— Desde la atención en la sala de emergencias, hasta el monitoreo de pacientes a distancia, la telesalud está cambiando la manera en la que se provee atención médica en las comunidades del país. De acuerdo con la American Hospital Association (AHA, Asociación estadounidense de hospitales), la telesalud permite que más pacientes tengan acceso a la atención de rutina y especializada, al mismo tiempo que genera mayor satisfacción en los pacientes y mejora sus resultados. De hecho, en años recientes se …

— We are busy finalizing the 2019 Portland Metro area NeighborWalks and we are excited to give you a speak peek at the schedule. This year’s season will start on May 28th and end October 12th. We are working hard to plan fun opening and closing celebrations as well as, of course, accessible routes and educational opportunities so we can learn about the history and current issues of the neighborhoods  where we walk. We may not be able to guarantee perfect …

— Enjoy guided historical walks through some of Denver’s most beautiful and interesting neighborhoods. Meet others in your community, learn the history and join the fun. The goal of Neighborwalks is to get more people walking every day for health, transportation, environment, and community. The walks are designed to be inclusive and are themed, educational and social events that bring neighbors together to explore neighborhoods and enjoy the cities walking and pedestrian infrastructure, historic and cultural districts, parks and public spaces. …

— AARP is supporting a bill in the Nebraska Legislature to shine light on the cost of manufacturing prescription drugs. LB567, the Prescription Drug Cost Transparency Act introduced by Sen. Adam Morfeld, requires drug companies to notify insurance companies, health providers and others at least 60 days in advance when the wholesale cost of a drug is scheduled to increase more than 16 percent. Bob Lassen, a retired pharmacist and AARP Nebraska volunteer, told the Health and Human Services Committee at …

— If you’re not currently a caregiver, you likely will be one in the future or need the help of a caregiver yourself at some point in your life. Join a series of caregiving telephone town halls beginning in March hosted by AARP North Dakota. All North Dakotans are welcome to participate, especially those people who are currently caregivers, those who anticipate becoming a caregiver, and those who receive care from a family member or friend. The first telephone town hall …

— With thousands of Texans getting hit by surprise medical bills, eight organizations representing consumers, businesses, and health insurers have joined forces in support of legislative action to protect patients from unexpected and excessive health care costs. The leading organizations, including AARP Texas, have come together to advance five key principles to ensure that patients get the care they need at costs they can afford. “Too often, Texans are getting slammed with surprise, out-of-network bills due to no fault of their …