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— aARP Florida issued the following statement today after President Trump signed into law a multi-faceted bipartisan budget reconciliation bill that, among many other features, closes the Medicare Part D prescription drug plan “donut hole.” A year early The bill also avoids costly caps on Medicare payments for some kinds of medical therapies. “Floridians 65-plus, especially Medicare beneficiaries with high prescription drug costs, will be helped by some provisions of the new budget reconciliation package,,” said Jack McRay, AARP Florida advocacy …

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— Florida lawmakers are considering proposals to let payday lenders charge interest rates that could add up to 200 percent per year on loans twice as big as allowed under current law – and AARP Florida is fighting back. AARP opposes expanding the ability of the payday lending industry to target consumers of modest means with extremely high interest rates for short-term loans.   And AARP is reaching out to its members and other Floridians, asking them to contact lawmakers to oppose …

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—  TAKE ACTION NOW! Call your representative at 1-844-833-9667 or email them here. The Florida House Proposes a 62% Reduction in Housing Trust Fund Appropriations The proposed budgets are out. If the Florida House gets what it wants, there will be little money left for affordable housing programs in FY 2018-19 other than funding for hurricane recovery in communities impacted by the 2017 hurricanes. In stark contrast, the Florida Senate budget proposes full funding for affordable housing.  Affordable housing funds allow seniors …

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— TALLAHASSEE – AARP Florida State Director Jeff Johnson issued the following statement Wednesday following an announcement that Gov. Rick Scott’s administration and groups representing Florida nursing-home and assisted-living facilities have reached an agreement on requiring backup emergency electrical generators for cooling at long-term care facilities. “This agreement reflects encouraging progress as Florida faces the beginning of another hurricane season in only five months,” Johnson said.  “Now it’s time for state lawmakers to follow through and enact the provisions of this agreement into …

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— TALLAHASSEE – AARP Florida is urging state utility regulators to permanently lower the rates that homeowners and businesses are charged for electricity, natural gas and other utilities after a federal tax overhaul took effect on Jan. 1. Recent changes to federal tax law reduced the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent. Accordingly, regulated utilities are clearly obligated to reduce rates immediately to reflect the tax savings, said Zayne Smith, Associate State Director for Advocacy for AARP Florida. “Today, …

— If you’ve been baffled by your utilities bill — and wondered who makes the rules for Florida power companies — you’re not alone. Millions of Florida residents find utilities issues hard to follow. Regulated by a far-away, low-profile state agency, largely the domain of expensive utilities lawyers and powerful corporations, electric utilities regulations often isn’t familiar ground for consumers. That’s one big reason why AARP Florida has been a leading voice fighting for consumers on utilities across the state and …

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— For many years, AARP Florida has been a leading voice fighting for consumers on utilities across the state and nation. In some cases, AARP Florida is the only voice representing residential ratepayers. Last year alone, AARP played an important role in the Legislature’s decision to defeat a plan that would have allowed electric-power companies to explore for natural gas in risky drilling projects in other states – and charge consumers up to $22.5 billion over 30 years for the gamble, …

— As a global movement to make communities more livable gathers momentum, Florida cities, counties and a key state agency are picking up speed in their own livability quest. A year of intense activity and great successes culminated with AARP Florida’s Second Annual Sharing Symposium in December at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg. Community leaders, urban planners and other Age-Friendly Network advocates, including the Florida Department of Elder Affairs andThe Patterson Foundation gathered together to share insights and information and …

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— TALLAHASSEE – As Florida lawmakers prepared to gather in the state capitol for the 2018 legislative session, AARP Florida urged lawmakers to embrace innovative solutions to the problem of providing emergency backup power for elder-care facilities in the aftermath of a major disaster. AARP Florida Advocacy Manager Jack McRay sent a letter to all 160 state lawmakers urging them to require that all Florida nursing homes and assisted-living facilities have emergency backup power generators and fuel sufficient to provide emergency …

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— With nearly 40 million Americans providing care for a loved one, it surprises many people to learn that the United States has no overarching strategy for caregiving.  But soon that may change. In December 2017, a bipartisan team led by Florida’s U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, and Mississippi’s U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper helped push the RAISE Act through the U.S. House.  Senate action on the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support and Engage Family Caregivers Act is currently pending. “We want to …