— 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 Maine for all ages to live, work and play. We hope you’ll join us!

— AMERICANS 50-PLUS ARE THE NATION’S MOST POWERFUL VOTING BLOC. This election, Medicare, Social Security, support for family caregivers, and prescription drug costs are all on the line. AARP Maine is proud to co-sponsor televised debates* this fall.  Tune in to hear where the candidates stand on the issues you and your family care about.   Gubernatorial debates: October 23, 2018 from 7-8PM WVII ABC/ 7 Fox/22 Bangor November 1, 2018 from 7-8PM WGME CBS /13 Fox/23 Portland (co-sponsored with the Bangor …

— Today, in Maine, 300,000 people over 65 and individuals with disabilities are covered by Medicare for their health care. Before President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare into law 53 years ago this month, fewer than 25 percent of older Americans had meaningful health insurance. Even a minor illness could propel them into bankruptcy or send them into a life of poverty.   Thankfully, the deal that was struck with Americans in 1965 – pay into Medicare throughout your working life and you will …

— AARP has a long history of working with members and volunteers during election season. Between now and Election Day in November, we’re looking for a few key volunteer leaders to help manage our campaigns and elections work in communities around our incredible state. Our goals are always to educate, inform, and inspire the 50+ voter (and their families) on the issues that are and will impact them in their own communities. Issues like strengthening Social Security in a time where …

— AARP Maine would like to express a sincere thank you to all the volunteers who joined us this session for our Tuesdays at the State House in Augusta. Thanks to you, we were able to attend multiple committee hearings, meet with our state legislators and offer testimony on several of the bills we followed.  Many legislators commented on the number of “red shirts” they saw each Tuesday and we are grateful for your passion and dedication to the important issues …

— DATE: June 19, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact:      Jane Margesson, AARP Maine Communications Director (207) 229-5628 or jmargesson@aarp.org   Maine Public Utility Commission Rules on Emera Maine Rate Case  AARP Maine Disappointed that Utility Giant’s Latest Requested Rate Hike Results in 5.34% Increase   PORTLAND: Earlier today, the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) ruled on Docket 2017-00198 and approved a distribution rate increase of 5.34 percent, equaling an additional $4.46 million for Emera Maine, the state’s second-largest utility company. This …

— Beginning in May, our weekly Tuesdays at the State House series will resume monthly.  Meet in the Cross Cafe at 9:30. Following morning announcements, we will have committee orientations with committee staff (committees are scheduled below), and following lunch we will have a guided tour of a State facility (State House, Library, Museum, etc.). We will not meet in July due to the Viles Arboretum tour or in October due to the AARP Maine Annual Meeting. November and December will …

— DATE: May 1, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact:      Jane Margesson, AARP Maine Communications Director (207) 229-5628 or jmargesson@aarp.org   More than 80 Emera Maine Customers Attend Public Hearings Voice Opposition to Utility Giant’s Latest Requested Rate Hike   MACHIAS, ORONO, PRESQUE ISLE: This evening, more than 80 Emera Maine customers voiced their opposition to the utility giant’s latest request for a rake hike at public hearings held simultaneously at the University of Maine in Machias, Orono and Presque Isle.  The …

— With Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s seat up for grabs and three congressional incumbents seeking re-election, 2018 will be a pivotal year for Maine voters. AARP Maine wants to know where each candidate stands on issues such as health care and retirement security. Looking ahead, volunteers will be needed to coordinate candidate forums and community conversations at coffee and happy hour events leading up to the Nov. 6 general election. AARP is asking gubernatorial candidates about caregiver supports, affordable utilities and …

— 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 …