— ACTION ALERT:  Its time to #StopRxGreed  Drugs don’t work if people cannot afford them. Maryland families deserve access to affordable medication, especially life saving prescription drugs. But from cancer treatments to EpiPens, drug companies’ skyrocketing prices are pushing life-saving treatments out of reach for those who need them. We pay among the highest prescription drug prices in the world so drug companies can make billions.  No one should have to choose between buying medicine or buying food for our families. That’s …

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—     Curious about what events AARP is holding or participating in across Maryland? Look no further! This frequently updated calendar (we are adding more events every day!) will give you the basic details for events that AARP is either hosting or a part of, as well as links and contact information, so that you can connect with AARP locally in your community soon. Be sure to bookmark this page for easy access. Last updated May 9, 2019   For information …

— A statewide public opinion poll released on May 6, shows overwhelming bipartisan support among Maryland voters for a Prescription Drug Affordability Board. Sponsored by the Maryland Citizen’s Health Initiative, the Gonzales Maryland Poll found that 81% of voters favor the Maryland General Assembly’s recently passed legislation to create a Prescription Drug Affordability Board in the state (56% “strongly favor” and 25% “somewhat favor”), while only 10% oppose the measure (6% “strongly oppose” and 4% “somewhat oppose”), with 9% giving no opinion. …

— The average victim of elder financial abuse loses upwards of $120,000. Recognizing financial abuse as the most common type of elder abuse, and accepting responsibility as a first-line defense, Maryland nonprofit financial counseling agency, CCCSMD and AARP Maryland are leading a statewide awareness campaign in partnership with Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, the Maryland Department of Aging, the Maryland Department of Human Services and a Coalition of state agencies and community partners to “Protect Older Americans from Financial Exploitation” — …

— The following edition of Veterans Corner is written by AARP volunteer and Navy Veteran Brian Smith. So, what did AARP Maryland actually accomplish for Veterans during the 2019 Maryland General Assembly session? Well, now you will find out! After offering testimony on over 30 legislative initiatives, we were successful in the passage of SEVEN Veteran-friendly items! Senator Will Smith and Delegate Jheanelle Wilkins sponsored bills (two bills, one law) guaranteeing that the surviving spouse of a military retiree will attain …

— AARP Maryland is saddened by the passing of Speaker Michael Busch. He was an outstanding public servant who through his compassion and leadership skills worked to improve the lives of all Marylanders. “We are grateful for Mike’s many years of steadfast inclusive leadership in the state, his championship of health care and retirement security, but mostly for his high ethical conduct that he modeled in public service,” said State Director Hank Greenberg. First elected in 1987, Mike Busch quickly rose …

— The following edition of Veterans Corner is written by AARP volunteer and Navy Veteran Brian Smith. The Maryland General Assembly session wraps up on Monday, April 8th. You know what that means? Time to shift focus to BASEBALL SEASON — GO NATS! It is also time to start gearing up for next years legislative session! Regardless of this sessions’ outcomes, there is still so much work remaining to make Maryland a more retirement friendly state. Last month, I mentioned testifying …

— Maryland Lawmakers: Please Don’t Raise Our Gas & Electric Rates! On behalf of AARP Maryland and our 895,000 members statewide, we are urging you to vote “NO” on HB 653/HB 572. Managing utility costs are already a major headache and a strain on the household budgets of Maryland families. Now, lawmakers want to strip the Public Service Commission’s role in protecting ratepayers. This anti-consumer legislation is NOT okay. Energy companies should not be able to use arcane formulas to forecast …

— The following edition of Veterans Corner is written by AARP volunteer and Navy Veteran Brian Smith. On Thursday, February 7, Governor Hogan signed a proclamation declaring 2019 as Maryland’s “Year of the Veteran.” Many veterans and family members joined the governor at the Maryland State House for the announcement and the reception that followed. Now onward toward making this “Year of the Veteran” truly meaningful, namely by enacting veterans-related legislation. Early this session, I had the opportunity to interview U.S. …

— Maryland is easing the tax burden for veterans. A new law, backed by AARP Maryland, allows veterans 55 and older to deduct up to $15,000 in military retirement income from their gross income on state tax returns. The previous deduction was $10,000. The law took effect last year and applies to 2018 income, meaning vets can get the tax break when filing this season. Maryland vets who are permanently and totally disabled from service-related injuries are also exempt from property …

— AARP is committed to fighting for the 50+ Marylanders throughout the state and ensuring that their voices are heard. During our time in Annapolis, we attend delegation meetings, which take place every Friday during the legislative session, and chat with lawmakers to make direct contact with delegates and local leaders from every county. We will update this page after every Delegation Friday to provide you with up-to-date information on our advocacy efforts. AARP Maryland’s State President, Jim Campbell, also recently announced …