— AARP is here to help you take on today – and every day. From sharing practical resources, to holding fun activities and events, AARP is providing opportunities to connect and help build an even stronger Minnesota for all ages to live, work and play. We hope you’ll join us!

— Right now, Americans are paying the highest prescription drug prices in the world – often double what other countries pay for the same medicine millions of people depend on. Too many Americans are choosing between filing a prescription or buying groceries. AARP has launched a campaign to urge all lawmakers to join our fight to stop drug companies from price gouging Americans. We’re calling on lawmakers to pass commonsense, bipartisan legislation to lower prescription drug prices now. The fact is …

— By Mary Van Beusekom A massive effort is underway to transform Rochester into an international destination, but its residents also want the city to become a place that’s more walkable, affordable and all-around livable for those who call it home. AARP Minnesota is ensuring area residents have a voice as the 20-year, $5.6 billion economic development project proceeds. The effort to establish a “destination medical center” includes a Mayo Clinic expansion and construction of new hotels, multifamily housing and shops. …

— About 370,000 Minnesotans are served by Medicare Cost plans that are set to expire at the end of this year. In some counties where coverage options are limited, the plans will be grandfathered so subscribers will be able keep them. Most subscribers, however, will need to find a new plan. Some will be able to shift to an Advantage plan that covers roughly the same providers and services for a similar cost, but others will have to change to a …

— AARP’s FREE Online Q&A Has Answers 2019 Health Insurance Marketplace: Your Questions Answered PART 1: Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 6 p.m. CT PART 2: Thursday, November 8, 2018, 6 p.m. CT If you need health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace during the 2019 enrollment period, you need to register for AARP’s online Q&A. Attending this free, two-part event will help clear up questions you might have about the government-run website that provides insurance options for those who don’t get …

— Attend AARP’s Free, Two-Part Webinar Medicare: Your Questions Answered PART 1: Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 6 p.m. CT PART 2: Thursday, October 18, 2018 6 p.m. CT The better you understand Medicare, the smarter decisions you can make about it—no matter if you’re enrolling for the first time or getting ready to make changes to your coverage. AARP’s free, two-part webinar helps you get answers and understand your options right when you need it—at the start of the Medicare annual …

— Join us on Sunday, September 9 for the 24th Annual Saint Paul Classic Bike Tour, a rolling showcase of the handsome parks and parkways of Saint Paul – from dramatic overlooks of the Mississippi River to historic neighborhoods. This beautiful ride is mostly traffic-free and welcomes all levels of bicyclists. Register online now and save $10 on two adult tickets when you enter the promo code LoveStPaul18 in the tickets popup box. Every step of the way there is music …

—   Today, in Minnesota, 912,831 people over 65 and individuals with disabilities are covered by Medicare.   Before President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare into law 53 years ago this month, fewer than 25 percent of older Americans had meaningful health insurance. Even a minor illness could propel them into bankruptcy or send them into a life of poverty.   The Guarantee for Healthcare   Today, some 60 million Americans have access to comprehensive, affordable health care. Medicare provides free health screenings, …

— It’s time to stretch your legs and feel the sun on your skin. AARP is gearing up for the spring and summer by offering active outdoor events. Outdoor events include beautiful hikes, exploratory bike rides, and fun canoe trips. If you like to stay landlocked, join AARP on our Trail Trekker hikes or our Destination Rides. If you like to stay cool during Minnesota’s hot summer days, our two Voyager Canoe Trips are perfect for you and a friend. GROUP …

— There’s just so much to love about riding a bike. Enjoy fresh air, sunshine and your community while building health. Discover these Real Possibilities with AARP and enter today for your chance to win a valuable prize. Today we’re introducing the Bike La Crosse Sweepstakes. The package for the sweepstakes prize includes one bike in the size and style chosen by the prize recipient, a bicycle accessory package that includes a helmet, lock, water bottle/installed water bottle cage and choice of bike seat, …

—   The U.S. Health care system spends well over $300 billion a year on prescription drugs, and almost three-fourths of that goes to brand name drugs, even though they make up less than one in eight prescriptions. The escalating costs of pharmaceuticals are driving up health care costs and premiums in both the employer and individual market. While several proposals exist at the federal level to address this problem, little – if any – action has occurred.  This has led …