— 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 March 15, 2019   For information …

— 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. …

— We’re looking for leaders who want to bring their commitment and talents to making a real difference in the lives of people 50+ in Maryland. The AARP Maryland Executive Council In addition to their leadership and advisory roles, AARP Maryland Executive Council members represent the state office as spokespersons, serve as liaisons to current and potential strategic community partners, support volunteer team building, and spearhead outreach efforts within various regions of the state. New Executive Council members will serve an …

— 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 …

— While in Annapolis during our Delegation Fridays, we have the opportunity to meet many influential people in Maryland’s political sphere. That includes reporters and journalists that cover all things happening in our state’s capital. To better serve you, the 50+ population of Maryland, we want to continue our efforts of making sure your voices are heard by establishing relationships with the storytellers that by and large have a huge impact on creating and establishing public opinion concerning all things politics. Along …

AARP will be fighting for 50+ Marylanders in Annapolis in 2018

— The Maryland General Assembly reconvenes Jan. 9, and AARP Maryland staff and volunteers are attending events called Delegation Fridays to discuss issues important to Free Staters age 50 and older. During these sessions volunteers meet with state senators and delegates to discuss bills and issues important to them. At these gatherings, county and city officials also brief state legislators on matters relevant to the people they represent. Members of Congress frequently make appearances, too. There are opportunities to network before …

— AARP advocates on policy issues that matter most to Marylanders age 50 and over and their families. In our state legislative advocacy, we rely on our hundreds of volunteers and more than 890,000 members across Maryland. Read on to learn what we focus on and how you can be a part of it! A part of our work in Annapolis includes interviewing and chatting with lawmakers at the state and federal level. Check out some of our interviews with senators, …

— Henry Kenney III is an AARP Maryland Communications Intern and graduate student at Georgetown University. On November 29, I had the opportunity to interview Shawn Perry, founder and host of the popular radio broadcast The Senior Zone. The Maryland resident is using his platform to reshape and positively influence the lives of seniors and older adults in the DMV area. The Senior Zone’s first broadcast was on November 12, 2012, and for over six years now Shawn has been using …