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— Older voters are a force in the Sunshine State: Nearly a fifth of Florida’s population is 65 and older, and 2016 exit polls showed half of Floridians who voted were 50 or older. AARP Florida urges members to make their strength known at the polls Nov. 6, when elections will be held for governor and all state executive branch offices, one U.S. senator, 27 U.S. House seats, 20 state senators and all 120 state House seats. As a nonpartisan organization, …

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— In a joint AARP-POLITICO poll released today, Florida voters age 50 and over do not feel better off financially despite a growing economy. The poll also found that Social Security and health care will be very important to 50-plus voters when they cast ballots for Congress in the mid-term elections, and they are deeply concerned about the future of Medicare. 

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— St. Petersburg, Fla. – AARP Florida Advocacy Manager Jack McRay said AARP is disappointed in a 9-6 House committee vote Tuesday to allow Florida investor-owned utilities to shift the cost of out-of-state natural-gas exploration and development projects to ratepayers, while simultaneously collecting a return for itself on ratepayer-funded costs. The House Energy and Utilities subcommittee voted Tuesday to approve House Bill 1043 by Rep. Jason Brodeur, R-Sanford, in a subcommittee meeting held specifically to consider the legislation, just ahead of …

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— Under the current U.S. House plan to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), about 454,000 Floridians age 50-64 enrolled and receiving tax credits in the ACA Marketplace would see higher health-coverage premiums than they pay under current law, more than in any other state, an AARP analysis shows. If implemented today, for older Americans 50-64,  the reduction in tax credits  would range from about $830 a year to about $5,850 a year for the ACA Marketplace “Silver plan” health coverage, …

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— Tallahassee, Fla.  – AARP Florida will oppose legislative proposals that would allow Florida electric utility companies, including Florida Power & Light, to use residential customers’ money to finance exploration and drilling ventures seeking natural gas in other states. AARP’s Florida advocacy manager, Jack McRay, announced AARP’s position in remarks before the Florida Senate Communications, Energy and Public Utilities committee Tuesday.  The committee is one of several state legislative committees considering SB 1238, by Sen. Aaron Beach, R-Jacksonville. Its companion bill …

— Part 1 With the presidential debates over and the big election around the corner there’s been a lot of talk about how these final weeks turn out for our country. It’s our job to understand the important issues, especially one that effects all of us. Listen below to our in depth analysis of Social Security Release date: Monday, October 24, 2016. This podcast is product of AARP Florida. Music: Monday Morning, 3 A.M. by @nop (c) copyright 2016 Licensed under a Creative Commons …

— AARP Florida News FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Oct. 20, 2016 Media Contact: Victoria Funes, (305) 775-6944, vfunes@aarp.org New AARP poll:  FL 50 plus Women Voters Influenced by Economic Anxiety, Concerns about Social Security and Caregiving Challenges St. Petersburg, Fla. —Six in 10 Florida women voters are concerned about rising costs outpacing their income, and 45 percent worry that they won’t be able to take care of themselves as they grow older, an AARP poll of women voters shows. “Women voters age …

— Long-term care is a pressing issue in the Sunshine State. Nearly 2.7 million family caregivers provide 2.5 billion hours of unpaid services annually to help their aging loved ones continue to live at home rather than placing them in nursing homes. Home- and community-based services can relieve the burden on family caregivers by helping with such things as bathing, meals and transportation to medical appointments. But the waiting list for such services is long, and in fiscal year 2014-2015, more …

— The elections are coming up. Do you know where your legislator stands on issues affecting Floridians age 50 and older? AARP has published its fifth annual Florida Legislative Voting Record, which documents state lawmakers’ votes on key issues for the 50-plus population. During the 2016 legislative session, such issues included long-term care, telehealth and guardianship proceedings. Because important decisions sometimes happen early in the legislative process, the record tracks committee actions as well as final votes in both the House …