— 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 …

— April 12, 19, 26 – 8:30 a.m. Rail Trail Walking – Hallowell Boat Landing (where the colorful Adirondack chairs will be soon) On Thursday mornings, we will meet at the Boat Landing and, as a group, decide if we want to walk toward Augusta or Farmingdale. All are welcome, no need to register. Go as far as you are comfortable, socialize and stretch your legs. This activity is dependent on good weather and dry conditions. Use your best judgment in case …

— Join our online Q&A sessions for tools for keeping your 2018 healthy resolutions all year What are your healthy goals for 2018? Do you want to eat healthier? Do you want a new fitness plan? Do you want to focus on better sleep? No matter what your healthy goals are—or whether you’ve even set them yet—you can learn about how to get on track and stay on track. Join our live, two-part Q&A sessions: Staying Healthy in 2018: How to …

—   10 Things You Need to Know About ACA Enrollment and How to Choose a Health Insurance Plan Download our printable flyer!   When to apply: The marketplace open enrollment begins on Nov. 1, 2017 and ends on Dec. 15, 2017.   Who should apply? The Affordable Care Act (ACA) Health Insurance Marketplace (also called Obamacare) is where people who do not have health care coverage through their job or a government program, such as Medicare or Medicaid, purchase health insurance. …

—   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 …

— Four Steps to Take During Medicare Open Enrollment Download our printable flyer! Medicare Open Enrollment is the only time of the year when over 290,000 Medicare recipients in Maine can review and make changes to their Medicare coverage. October 15th through December 7th is Medicare Open Enrollment season and any changes you make will be in place on January 1, 2018.   During open enrollment you can:   Join a Medicare Prescription Drug plan; Switch from one Medicare Prescription Drug …

— The Latest on Health Care: What Mainers Need to Know After working behind closed doors yet again, Senate leadership was considering a vote on a new health care bill this week in a last-ditch attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The bill was known simply as Graham-Cassidy, named for Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) who drafted it.  By Monday, September 25, three Republican Senators, including Maine Senator Susan Collins, had publicly voiced their opposition to …

— Welcome to Fall!  A message from AARP Maine State Director, Lori Parham:   Can it already by autumn?  If you are like me, you are wondering where the time has gone as we head into one of the most beautiful seasons of the year. AARP Maine staff and volunteers have been hard at work all summer, particularly on health care as we followed the Senate and the roller-coaster ride of health care bills and votes.  I want to acknowledge those …

— AARP Maine thanks U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King for standing strong for Maine and voting NO! WASHINGTON, DC—Reacting to today’s defeat of the Senate’s ‘skinny’ repeal bill, AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond released the following statement: “Today’s vote is a victory for Americans age 50-plus.  The ‘skinny’ bill the Senate defeated would have dramatically increased health care costs, caused millions to lose their health coverage, and destabilized the insurance market.  “We thank Senators Collins, McCain, and Murkowski, …

— DEFEATED SENATE HEALTH CARE BILL WAS UNFAIR AND UNAFFORDABLE FOR MAINERS AARP Maine was opposed to this deeply flawed legislation after analysis showed that it would have a disastrous impact on Mainers 50 and older.  During the crucial weeks of June and July, when a vote was imminent and the pressure on Senators across the country was mounting, volunteers, staff and local residents met with both Senator Collins and Senator King to express our concerns.  AARP Maine urged both Senators …