— By Claudia Clifford, AARP Montana Advocacy Director With a looming budget crisis, state leaders are proposing deep budget cuts, which could result in a significant loss of funding for senior services. Not only are programs like hospice and home care services in jeopardy, but Big Sky Rx is on the chopping block as well. In a time of skyrocketing costs of prescription drugs, now is not the time to eliminate Big Sky Rx. We need Montanans from across the state …

— Many think of the holiday season as a time to help others, but scam artists see it as prime time to help themselves. AARP Montana offers presentations for community groups across the state, focusing on scams that target older Montanans. Presenters offer tips such as using credit instead of debit cards for purchases, refraining from banking or online shopping over free Wi-Fi, and being alert to phony charity appeals. To sign up for watchdog alerts about the latest cons, go …

— We’re pleased to officially launch Operation Protect Veterans, in partnership with the United States Postal Service, to protect American’s military veterans and their families from identity theft and fraud. Vigilance against scammers is our number one weapon in the fight against fraud. And now, we’ve got the proven tools and resources to help veterans and their families be on guard for common scams. Check out www.aarp.org/protectveterans today to find a report on the top trends targeting veterans and their family, …

— AARP Montana helped score a major victory for consumers in the 2017 legislative session. A new state law repeals a rule that allowed NorthWestern Energy to pass electricity supply costs on to consumers, with no limits on such things as consulting fees and travel expenses. The change gives the Montana Public Service Commission the authority to control these costs. The AARP state office worked throughout the session to drive grassroots messages from advocacy volunteers to elected officials, urging them to …

— Join us online for free webinars, interactive videos, live chats and more AARP’s Online Family Caregiving Fair is Thursday, November 16, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. MT As a child, your parents provided the care. Now the roles are changing. If you’re one of over 40 million adults in the U.S. who provide unpaid care to a family member — or a first-time caregiver looking for helpful tips and advice, the AARP Online Family Caregiving Fair will help you make …

— How can he help you build your new business? From Passion to Profit, Part 2: Veteran Entrepreneurship takes place on Thursday, November 9, 2017 / 1:00 p.m. MST If you’re a veteran thinking about starting your own business, join AARP for a live webinar and hear from all of our inspiring veteran entrepreneurs as they share their journeys of starting and succeeding in business. Get new business insights from: Lee Dougherty, founder and host of Objective Rally Point networking event for …

— Ruth Pomeroy selected as recipient of 2017 Andrus Award for Community Service AARP Montana announced that Ruth Pomeroy of Kalispell was selected to receive the 2017 Andrus Award for Community Service, the Association’s most prestigious volunteer award. Each year AARP honors the legacy of AARP founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, with the AARP Andrus Award for Community Service. This award is a symbol of the power of individuals to make a difference in the lives of others. The award was …

— Join us for two live webcasts and get answers to your questions. Do you have questions about the Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment? Get your answers live! Whether you’re enrolling for the first time or re-enrolling, the two-part Q&A series from AARP Learn@50+ provides answers about the 2018 enrollment process. In part one, AARP’s experts will review the Open Enrollment period (Nov. 1 to Dec. 15) and answer your questions about the process. In part two, the AARP team will lead a …

— Taking care of a loved one isn’t always a walk in the park. Family caregiving means juggling a lot of kinds of help—personal, financial, medical, and more. Now you can talk to others dealing with the same issues. October’s Caregiving Q&A webcast is hosted by caregiving experts Lee Baker and Debra Tyler-Horton from AARP Georgia. Register today to ask questions and learn about the issues important to you. Managing Your Loved One’s Finances Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 5:00-5:30 pm MT Lee …

— Join us for two live Medicare webcasts and get answers to your questions Do you have questions about Medicare coverage and plan options? Whether you’re enrolling for the first time or entering open enrollment, the two-part Medicare Q&A series from Learn@50+ can get you answers about your 2017 plan options. In part one, AARP’s Medicare expert Susan Lutz will review the different parts of Medicare and answer your questions about enrollment periods for new Medicare recipients and open enrollment rules for …