4 States

— Week 2 of the 2017 South Dakota legislative session is in the books and AARP South Dakota advocates have already been busy! On Tuesday, AARP South Dakota testified in favor of Senate Bill (SB) 62 which requires timely notification when there is a breach of certain data. This bill is being brought by South Dakota Attorney General, Marty Jackley. Under the proposed legislation, upon discovery of a breach of a system security, the information holder must disclose the breach to any …

— Home is where the heart is, and well-designed, livable communities promote health, sustain growth, and make for happier, healthier residents of every age, in all life stages. AARP Wisconsin is working to raise awareness in the greater Milwaukee area about the need for age-friendly, livable communities. You can connect with AARP at one of our Free Coffee Fridays to share your thoughts on building a more livable greater Milwaukee. You’ll receive a free coffee, a re-usable coffee sleeve and learn about …

— Wednesday, January 3rd, the members of the  Missouri General Assembly called themselves into session. Many issues face them this year including a looming budget deficit and many Missourians still without access to prescription drug assistance through the MO Rx Program or Home and Community Based Services through the Missouri Medicaid Program, known as MO HealthNet. Check this webpage on Fridays for weekly updates.  AARP Missouri is working for you in Jeff City!   Bill to Restore MO Rx Services on …

— In recognition of Black History Month, AARP Driver Safety is offering a 25 percent discount on the award-winning AARP Smart Driver online course throughout the entire month of February. Drivers can refresh their driving skills, and have a chance to qualify for a multiyear discount on your car insurance.* Register by Feb. 28, 2018 and use Promo Code: BHM25. Details: Driver Safety will be offering 25 percent off the online Smart Driverℱ course From February 1-28 Promo Code: BHM25 Click here …

—     Beginning Feb. 1 and continuing through April 17, AARP Foundation is providing free tax assistance and preparation through its Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, celebrating its 50th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service. Since its inception, the program has served more than 50 million taxpayers. This year in Colorado, AARP adds a second bilingual Tax-Aide site at the Aurora Library, 14949 E. Alameda Parkway. The other location that caters to mono-lingual Spanish speakers is …

— Join us for AARP MAINE Tuesdays at the State House AARP Maine Tuesdays at the State House is an easy and accessible way for AARP members to get involved and to become more comfortable with the workings of the Maine State House. Meet in the lobby of the Cross Building and join us to observe the House or Senate. Mingle in the halls and say hello to your legislator. Each Tuesday at the State House will conclude with complimentary lunch …

— Today, I want to chat about a philosophy and model of health care that offers tremendous hope to patients and families confronted by the daunting challenges of chronic and/or terminal illness—palliative care—an unfamiliar term for most folks. But you’ve probably heard of hospice care, right? Well, hospice is a specific type of palliative care. Now I realize the word “hospice” may have you reaching for the mute button. The idea of hospice – end of life care—is frightening to most …

— To help the 10,000 Americans turning 65 every day and all senior drivers find a better “fit” with their cars for comfort and safety, mobility  experts are hosting a safety program designed to help older drivers and their families. CarFit is national program developed by AAA, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association and is designed to give a quick, yet comprehensive check on how well an older driver and their vehicle work together. AARP will conduct CarFit check-ups in …

— From the Michigan Public Service Commission There are new protections from utility shutoffs for households with someone who needs life-sustaining medical care. Updated utility billing rules approved recently by the Michigan Public Service Commission add gas and electric shut-off protections for critical care customers who have difficulty paying their utility bills. Utilities also are prohibited from remotely disconnecting households that have a critical care customer, under the revamped Consumer Standards and Billing Practices for Electric and Natural Gas Service rules. …

— Our AARP Hawai‘i volunteers are active and visible in their red shirts as the 2018 Legislature gets underway. We’re working to make sure that the interests of people 50+ are heard and to push for bills that will make life better for kupuna, caregivers and people of all ages. On Monday, Advocacy Director Kerry Komatsubara briefed volunteers on the issues we will be lobbying for at the Legislature. We then visited with lawmakers on Tuesday to thank them for their …