— 2018 Cuts to Medicare Would Reduce Access to Health Care   WASHINGTON, DC — AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins sent a letter to Congressional leadership yesterday urging Congress to prevent $25 billion in automatic cuts to Medicare in 2018 that would result from the enactment of H.R. 1 and its $1.5 trillion deficit increase since it “would have an immediate and lasting impact, including fewer providers participating in Medicare and reduced access to care for Medicare beneficiaries.” Read the full text …

— Experience for Hire Experience for Hire is a collaborative project intended to rethink hiring in Michigan by connecting employers with experienced, qualified job seekers age 50 and over who are seeking full or part-time opportunities to put their valuable skills to work. This project is in a pilot phase and currently includes Ingham, Jackson, Macomb, and Wayne counties. Are you an employer seeking older workers?  Share your available job openings HERE. Are you an individual seeking employment?  Click HERE to search job postings. …

— From Gongwer News Service Michigan’s Medicaid expansion program, Healthy Michigan, has kept health insurance premiums lower overall and has fostered health care innovation, particularly in terms social factors of health, but the legislation that enacted the program has a grave defect that could cost the state the overall benefit of the program, a report by the Citizens Research Council said.  The report said the Legislature’s requirement that the Healthy Michigan plan end if the state incurs more costs than savings …

—   Dear Experienced Worker: Are you currently interested in full-time (or part-time) work in the mid-Michigan area? Experience for Hire is a program spearheaded by AARP Michigan in collaboration with the organizations listed below. This program matches Michigan job openings with the skill sets of workers who are 50-and-older. Experience for Hire provides a great opportunity for you to find employment that requires your specific skill sets. Vetted job seekers and employers will be brought together at a free hiring event on: January 24, 2018 – …

— When temperatures start to fall in Michigan, one thing is certain: you’ll start to use more natural gas to heat your home, which can lead to higher energy bills. Colder weather conditions lead to higher natural gas consumption, but there are ways you can save. For tips on how to reduce your heating bill, click here.

— A 2017 law paved the way for telehealth in Michigan. AARP Michigan backed the bill and is pressing for additional legislation in 2018 to expand its reach. Transportation to medical appointments is often a problem for older adults. Telehealth removes the obstacle by allowing patients to consult with doctors and fill prescriptions over the internet or by mobile phone. In 2018, AARP Michigan will seek passage of the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, which makes it easier for qualified physicians to …

— As we enter the holiday season, it pays to be vigilant to avoid scams or slip-ups that could put a damper on your celebrations. Here are some ways to keep your holidays happy: Beware of deals. Be wary of those too-good-to-be-true deals, especially those that show up as links on your social media feeds. Check out reviews, search the retailer’s name with “scam” to see what comes up, and if it’s a retailer you already know and frequent online, go …

— WASHINGTON, DC—Today AARP Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer Nancy LeaMond released the following statement in response to the amendment to the tax bill that repeals the health coverage requirement:    “The amendment to repeal the individual health coverage requirement will leave millions of Americans uninsured, destabilize the health insurance market, and lead to spikes in the cost of premiums.  “The Congressional Budget Office recently confirmed that repealing the individual health coverage requirement would lead to 13 …

— Join AARP Michigan in recognizing and honoring Veterans this November This Veterans Day, and throughout the year, AARP salutes and celebrates the service and sacrifices made by our Veterans.  To show our appreciation, we are hosting events and special promotions for Veterans and their families throughout the month. Upcoming Events November 7 – The Maple Theater in Bloomfield, enjoy a free screening of Last Flag Flying, starring Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, and Laurence Fishburne. Reserve your space. November 9 – If you’re thinking …

— By Melissa Preddy Healthy Michigan, hailed as one of the nation’s most innovative efforts to expand Medicaid, is proving to be a lifeline for lower-income workers while improving the economy, according to state officials and researchers. Designed by lawmakers, industry leaders and consumer advocates, Healthy Michigan is paid for by Medicaid funds under the Affordable Care Act. Michigan is one of 31 states that accepted federal funds to provide lower-income residents with health care. AARP Michigan strongly backed the decision. …