— 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!

— 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 the Colorado Secure Savings Plan, is to help promote greater retirement savings for employees in a convenient, low-cost manner that allows workers to move …

— 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 …

— Shortly after the passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, AARP Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer Nancy LeaMond said she was pleased that the law will safeguard the SNAP program. “AARP applauds Congress for passing the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018,” LeaMond said. “This legislation protects access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). We are particularly pleased that the bill rejected harmful changes to the law’s work requirements that would have made it harder …

— By Cynthia Pasquale Colorado has one of the fastest-growing economies in the nation, yet it struggles to fund education, transportation projects and basic services. “Colorado is unique because we put a lot of our tax code in the constitution, and a couple of amendments that the voters approved have combined to put us in this situation,” said Carol Hedges, executive director of the Colorado Fiscal Institute. TABOR (Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights), the most restrictive tax-and-spending limit in the country, requires …

— Social Security provides older Americans an important source of reliable income during retirement. This is especially true for African Americans, Hispanics and women, who often lack access to income from pensions or savings and rely more heavily on Social Security. Focusing on people 65 and older, this Fact Sheet demonstrates that minorities are less likely to have diverse income sources, and minority women rely more heavily on Social Security than do other groups

— AARPCO asked candidates for Colorado treasurer how they would help reverse the trend of under-saving for retirement and work to provide essential services to older adults and their families. The two candidates were given 60 seconds to answer each of the questions that were posed.  Check out the video to see how they responded, and remember to VOTE in the upcoming election on November 6.  

— AARPCO sat down with the candidates for Governor to hear their ideas on essential services for older adults, how they would promote retirement savings, and create livable communities. The two candidates were given 60 seconds to answer each of the questions that were posed.  Check out the video to see how they responded, and remember to VOTE in the upcoming election on November 6.

— Did you know there is a state agency representing your interests in electricity and natural gas utility matters before the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)? The Office of Consumer Counsel (OCC), created by the State Legislature in 1984, is charged with representing the public interest by advocating for reasonable electric and natural gas utility rates, terms and conditions for three constituent classes:  residential, small business, and agricultural consumers. Over that time, the OCC has saved ratepayers over $2 billion. The …

— The Colorado Public Utilities Commission upheld the recommended decision of Administrative Law Judge Conor Farley in the Xcel gas rate case, which lowers what the company, also known as Public Service Company of Colorado, can bill consumers for natural gas. The July 12 ruling supports the advocacy in the case by AARP on behalf of its nearly 700,000 Colorado members, as well as all older adults and their families. “The decision is a win for consumers,” said Bill Levis, AARP lead …