— AARP is here to help you take on today – and every day. From sharing practical resources, to holding fun activities and events, AARP is providing opportunities to connect and help build an even stronger Colorado. We hope you’ll join us!

— Please Join AARP Colorado and watch the 2019 AARP Denver City Council Candidate Debates Friday nights from April 5 to April 19 and on Friday May 3 on Colorado Public Television, Channel 12. AARP Colorado presents a series of debates looking at the major races for the Denver City Council in 2019. Tune in to Channel 12 at the following dates and times: District 1 – Runs Friday April 5 at (60-minute debate). AARP Colorado presents a debate featuring the …

— AARP Colorado is hosting an event to help support caregivers and provide them with the information they need on a variety of topics, such as local community resources and medical options. The Colorado Care symposium will be held Thursday, April 25, at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wads- ​worth Blvd., in Arvada. Jane Barton, an AARP caregiving ambassador and nationally recognized speaker, will discuss how knowledge provides the best foundation for caregivers to make decisions. The conference runs from 8 a.m. …

— AARP Colorado is hosting the AARP 2019 Denver City Council Candidate Forums through the month of April. Join us for candidate forums in five council district races – Districts 1, 3, 8, 9 and 10 – to help make our city livable for all ages and help you learn where the candidates running for office in your district stand on the issues of affordable housing, transportation and community services. Space is limited and registration is required. Call 1-877-926-8300 to register. …

— Today, AARP announced the launch of ‘Stop Rx Greed,’ a nationwide campaign aimed at lowering prescription drug prices. The goal of AARP’s sustained campaign is to help drive down drug prices for Coloradans and all Americans by advocating for a variety of legislative, executive, and regulatory actions at both the federal and state level. “Americans pay the highest brand-name drug prices in the world,” said Bob Murphy, AARP Colorado state director. “Congress, the administration, and importantly, our own Colorado legislators …

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— Senator Kerry Donovan, D-Vail, and Senator Brittany Pettersen, D-Lakewood, have introduced Senate Bill 173 , which would move Colorado a major step closer to addressing the state’s looming retirement crisis. This legislation would require a thorough analysis of the options we have as a state, including the creation The Colorado Secure Savings program. This universal, portable and automatic retirement savings plan would allow Coloradans whose employers don’t offer a retirement program to plan for the future, while simultaneously saving taxpayers money. Nearly …

— Senate Bill 19-77 is currently moving through the capitol and could increase all Xcel and Black Hills utility bills $50-$75 per year, per consumer household, to build electric vehicle charging stations in only Denver, Pueblo and Grand Junction While we support clean technology, this bill is not the answer and here is why: There currently are 670 public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations around the state.  Both Xcel and Black Hills already have the right to provide unregulated charging stations in …

— The AARP advocacy team represents more than 680,000 AARP members in Colorado, as well as all older adults and their families, and we strongly support initiatives to lower out-of-pocket drug costs. Seniors ages 65 years and older make up about 12 percent of the U.S. population and currently about 14 percent in Colorado. This age group accounts for greater than 34 percent of all prescription medication use and 30 percent of over-the-counter use. Notably, the average annual cost of drug …

— Today, a secure retirement is out of reach for thousands of Coloradans, especially those who work for small businesses. AARP Colorado is supporting legislation that would increase the number of working Coloradans enrolled in retirement plans by creating a retirement savings strategy through employers who currently do not offer a work-place retirement plan. The purpose of Colorado Secure Savings is to help promote greater retirement savings for employees in a convenient, low-cost manner that allows workers to move their account …

— By Danica Lucker John and Helene Baran split their time between Aspen, in Pitkin County, and Georgetown, Texas, to be near their children. The retirees enjoy how livable Pitkin has become, thanks in part to its participation in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities. The county is one of eight jurisdictions to join the network, and now Colorado is launching a broader effort. In September, then-Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) announced the Lifelong Colorado initiative, making it the third …

— Nancy LeaMond, AARP executive vice president and chief advocacy & engagement officer, commented on Friday’s court ruling, in which a Texas judge ruled the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional, saying AARP is deeply disappointed in the verdict. But the association will continue fighting for older Americans to have access to affordable health insurance. “This decision is a profound blow to millions of Americans who have benefited from the ACA, including its protections against charging older Americans an age tax and for …