— 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 Idaho We hope you’ll join us!

— By Lupe Wissel, AARP Idaho state director On behalf of AARP Idaho and our 186,000 members across the Gem State, I would like to applaud Governor Little’s priorities outlined in his first State of the State address. We agree Proposition 2 deserves full funding and implementation as soon as possible. Idaho voters spoke overwhelmingly in favor of expanding Medicaid. It’s now vital that Legislators administer the will of the people, without instituting barriers, and provide increased access to health care …

— AARP members are invited to spend a fun, sociable and informative day at the state Capitol on Monday, February 11, 2019 for AARP Idaho Lobby Day from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Voice your support to state elected officials for issues important to the 50-plus, such as financial security, fraud prevention, affordable health care and family caregiving. This will be a fun and informative day at Idaho’s Capitol. You don’t need to be an issue expert to be an advocate! Participants meet …

— AARP Idaho volunteer network meetings resume in January and that means a new legislative session and an opportunity to make your voice heard. You’re invited to join us at the state office on January 3 to discuss AARP’s legislative priorities including lobby day, telephone town halls, committee hearings, Medicaid expansion and volunteer opportunities. This is a chance to get involved and make a difference! New volunteers are encouraged to come by the office at 1:00 pm for an orientation session …

— On Nov. 6, Idaho voters spoke in favor of expanding health coverage. Now it’s time for Idaho legislators to respond by fully funding and implementing Medicaid Expansion as passed by Idaho voters. The expansion of Idaho’s health coverage program was approved by an overwhelming majority of the vote. The election was clear. We cannot continue to let hard-working families go without adequate health coverage. It’s vital now that legislators take the action that voters approved and to not add layers …

— We recently held a statewide telephone town hall with Governor-elect Brad Little. Dozens of callers from across the Gem State had questions regarding Medicaid expansion, climate change, minimum wage, education and more. You can listen to the full conversation HERE. If you missed this opportunity you can sign up at aarp.org/yes2emailID to receive future invitations to local events and more.

— AARP members and guests are invited to participate in a telephone town hall meeting with Governor-elect Brad Little. AARP Idaho state director Lupe Wissel will moderate the call and take questions from the audience regarding recent election results, the upcoming 2019 Idaho Legislative session, health care and several other issues important to the 50+ in Idaho. The hour long telephone town meeting begins at 10:00 a.m. Mountain Time/9:00 a.m. Pacific on Thursday, November 15. Participants can join, listen and ask questions …

— New research released today from the Association of Young Americans AYA (AYA) and AARP show student loan debt preventing Americans across three generations from saving for retirement or buying a home. As many students begin their academic year, nearly half of those with student loan debt say they owe more than $30,000. According to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, borrowers have over $1.4 trillion in student loan debt. The new research specifically shows that of those who have …

— Right now, PhRMA is trying to convince Congress to rescind a provision of the bipartisan budget agreement that lowers drug costs for seniors struggling to afford their medicine. Medicare Part D beneficiaries who have high prescription drug expenses currently have to pay more once the total cost of their medicines reaches the coverage gap, or doughnut hole. The doughnut hole has been narrowing each year since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed in 2010. The gap was scheduled to …

— Medicare contributes $2.9 billion to Idaho’s economy, equivalent to 23% of state and local government spending in the state, according to a new report from AARP. Medicare also covers more than 290,000 Idahoans. Older Americans have said Medicare is one of their top issues in the 2018 mid-term elections, and AARP Idaho is working to encourage voter participation this election season. Also, businesses in Idaho receiving Medicare dollars use them to pay employees’ salaries, rent, state and local taxes, and buy equipment, …

— This month AARP launched “Be The Difference. Vote™,” a comprehensive voter engagement campaign to support Americans age 50-plus as they vote in the 2018 midterm elections. The campaign will provide information on where politicians stand on the issues and help these decisive voters hold politicians accountable for their positions this November. AARP’s effort will seek to get the largest possible turnout of 50-plus voters at the polls in the general election in November. It will also work to ensure issues …