— Emera Maine, the second-largest electric utility company in Maine, is once again seeking to raise electric rates for their customers.  This is the third rate hike Emera Maine has requested in the past five years. Raising electric rates is unaffordable for many Maine families, especially those who are living on fixed incomes.  AARP Maine is fighting to help older Mainers and their families keep the lights on. We strongly oppose Emera Maine’s latest request to raise rates. Do you?  What …

— AARP is not taking a position on the Maine Home Care Ballot Initiative.  AARP continues to lead the fight on access to home and community based services for older Mainers. We are working to continue improving the system we have, as opposed to creating a competing and confusing secondary one. We know that quality, impactful, legislation takes time and we’re willing to do the hard work this issue deserves to support older Mainers who want to remain in their homes and communities …

— From Lori Parham, AARP Maine State Director Welcome to the Spring 2018 Edition of the AARP Maine E-Newsletter! I’m excited to share with you the latest happenings across Maine. Each quarter we bring you news from around the Pine Tree state, hoping to highlight the issues of most interest to you and your family. Do you love politics and the political process? You may be one of the dozens of activists and volunteers who joined us during the legislative session …

— Join us for AARP MAINE Tuesdays at the State House AARP Maine Tuesdays at the State House is an easy and accessible way for AARP members to get involved and to become more comfortable with the workings of the Maine State House. Meet in the lobby of the Cross Building and join us to observe the House or Senate. Mingle in the halls and say hello to your legislator. Each Tuesday at the State House will conclude with complimentary lunch …

— With gubernatorial and congressional races on the horizon this year, AARP Maine is planning a series of listening sessions across the state before the elections in June. AARP staff will ask members and community leaders to identify the issues they consider important. In addition, AARP Maine will share its platform and discuss the issues it is tracking. As a nonpartisan organization, AARP does not endorse candidates, but does take a stand on issues that affect its members—and urges candidates to …

— January 9, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact:      Jane Margesson, AARP Maine Communications Director jmargesson@aarp.org or 207-229-5628   AARP Maine Releases 2018 Legislative Agenda Continues Weekly “Tuesdays at the State House” for AARP Advocates PORTLAND: As the 128th legislative session reconvenes, AARP Maine announces its 2018 Legislative Agenda which includes a focus on support for family caregivers, affordable housing, protection of home and community-based services, and equitable utility rates. Today, AARP Maine also kicked off “Tuesdays at the State House” for 2018 …

— AARP Maine Tuesdays at the State House is an easy and accessible way for AARP members to be present and comfortable with the workings of the Maine State House.  Would you like to join us?  Every Tuesday starting on January 9th through April 17th, we get together as a group so we can learn about the inner-workings of the State House, meet our legislators, attend committee hearings and discuss our legislative priorities. Send an email to me@aarp.org and we’ll let …

— Greetings from AARP Maine! As 2017 comes to a close, I am happy to share our latest member newsletter with you. It has been quite a year for AARP in Maine! Our team of staff and volunteers worked tirelessly all year to protect programs that impact Mainers 50+ at the federal level and you can count on us to fight hard on these issues in 2018. Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, a proposed health tax and age tax have all been …

—   October 19, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Statement from AARP Maine Concerning Question 2, Medicaid Expansion Initiative (2017) Contact: Jane Margesson, AARP Maine Communications Director 207-229-5628 or jmargesson@aarp.org PORTLAND: Today AARP Maine issued the following statement concerning the Welfare to Work PAC Medicaid expansion television ad: “While AARP Maine has not taken a position on Question 2, Medicaid Expansion Initiative (2017), we feel compelled to respond to the inaccuracy of the Welfare to Work PAC television ad currently running in …

— As the 2018 legislative session nears, AARP Maine will host a celebration to honor its volunteers—and meet potential new ones—on Thursday, Nov. 2, at the Maple Hill Farm in Hallowell. AARP Maine will be calling on volunteers early in 2018 to help advocate on behalf of its 230,000 members and their families. With that in mind, the event will include training in advocacy and communication skills. In addition, the winner of AARP Maine’s Andrus Award for Community Service will be …