—   Commitment to meet AARP, WHO guidelines will help residents of all ages Boston – AARP National Board President Eric J. Schneidewind today presented Governor Charlie Baker with an official certification welcoming Massachusetts into the AARP network of Age-Friendly States and the World Health Organization Global Network of Age Friendly Cities and Communities. Governor Baker accepted the award in front of 200 attendees at AARP’s annual volunteer meeting in Framingham. “We are delighted to acknowledge the commitment of Massachusetts to …

— Join our AARP Massachusetts Advocacy Coffee Hours at the State House! In addition to our community outreach and local workshops and presentations that we offer, legislative advocacy is another huge part of what we do at AARP Massachusetts. Our advocacy, for example, resulted in passage of the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act in Massachusetts, a huge benefit for the state’s 844K family caregivers. Our legislative advocacy efforts are already full-steam ahead! Our two key legislative priorities for AARP members and …

— H.B. 4241 and S.B. 2304: An Act Removing Fees for Security Freezes and Disclosures of Consumer Credit Reports Consumers are now two steps closer to having meaningful protections from identity theft. The Massachusetts House of Representatives recently passed An Act Removing Fees for Security Freezes and Disclosures of Consumer Credit Reports, and the Senate has now referred the Bill to the Senate Ways and Means Committee, awaiting recommendation. On behalf of 800,000 AARP members in Massachusetts, we praise our legislators …

— By Jill Gambon During her 35 years working for the Social Security Administration, Louise Myers witnessed the impact the program has had on people’s lives. As a retiree, Myers wants to make sure Social Security remains intact. That’s one reason she’s a volunteer advocate with AARP Massachusetts. “I am a firm believer in keeping Social Security protected,” said Myers, of North Chelmsford. “I saw that my voice could be heard through AARP advocacy work.” Myers is one of about a …

— A new multi- employer 401(k) makes it easier for employees of small nonprofit organizations in Massachusetts to save for retirement. The CORE Plan (Connecting Organizations to Retirement) aims to help more workers save through automatic payroll deductions. Nonprofits with up to 20 employees can voluntarily join the plan, and their employees are automatically enrolled unless they opt out. The Office of the State Treasurer and Receiver General manages the investments and handles administrative responsibilities to ease the burden on employers. …

— By Jill Gambon For five years, Vanessa Hogan cared for her sister, Dianna, who suffered from lymphoma, lupus, congestive heart failure and other chronic ailments. Emergency room visits, hospital stays and doctor appointments were frequent. Hogan accompanied her to appointments and visited her at least twice a day in the hospital, because she felt it was crucial that her sister have an advocate by her side. “Not having someone there with you is so hard. If you’re sick, you can’t …

— AARP is pleased to endorse the bipartisan Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act (H.R. 3759) that will create a strategy to support family caregivers. The Senate recently passed the RAISE Act in a unanimous vote, which AARP applauded. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D) was a Senate co-sponsor of the bill. Now it’s time for the House to do the same by approving H.R. 3759 — and you can help by calling your U.S. Representative and urging her/him to …

— NEW ACTION ALERT! As we announced earlier this year, AARP Massachusetts is supporting legislation that would remove fees to place or remove a credit report security freeze, which is an easy way Massachusetts residents can help protect themselves from identity (ID) theft and fraud. When we issued an Action Alert, asking you to contact your legislators to urge them to sign on as sponsors of this legislation, you did so with great results! The legislation has been filed in both the …

—   NEW ACTION ALERT! As we announced earlier this year, AARP Massachusetts is supporting legislation that would remove fees to place or remove a credit report security freeze, which is an easy way Massachusetts residents can help protect themselves from identity (ID) theft and fraud. When we issued an Action Alert, asking you to contact your legislators to urge them to sign on as sponsors of this legislation, you did so with great results! The legislation has been filed in both …

—   Family Caregivers Speak to Legislators On Tuesday, July 11, 2017, AARP Massachusetts state president Mike Festa and two AARP volunteers, Vanessa Hogan, and Madhav Kacker, offered personal family caregiving stories to the legislators who sit on the Joint Committee on Revenue, during a public hearing on An Act to Establish the Family Caregiver Tax Credit, Senate Bill 1530 and House Bill 1643. This legislation would help family caregivers in the state by providing a tax credit for certain expenses incurred by the caregivers. Vanessa Hogan of Boston, …