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— The midterm elections are of vital importance. Make your voice heard by going to the polls by Jo Ann Jenkins, CEO, AARP, AARP Bulletin, October 2018 As the midterm elections draw near, rarely has our country seemed so divided, our need to rediscover our shared values so great. Rarely has there been a more desperate need for our collective voice to be heard. That’s why this past spring, AARP launched a full-scale campaign entitled “Be the Difference. Vote!” to educate voters on …

— Get the Facts! Big Tobacco companies are trying to confuse Montana voters on I-185.  Click here to see the Myths vs. Facts on I-185. Now that absentee voting is underway in Montana, we want to remind you to vote. And as you vote, we encourage you to take a close look at I-185.  It’s a measure that will increase state taxes on all tobacco products, including electronic smoking devices, to improve health services funding for Montanans. The tobacco tax would be increased …

— By Al Ward, Marine Corps Veteran & AARP Montana State President. I-185 gives Montanans the opportunity to choose a healthier future. Like many of my friends, I’ve worked hard, paid my fair share and volunteered to serve our country. I was recently asked whether I know anyone affected by tobacco-related diseases. Just about my whole Marine Corps League from Billings. My Dad was a World War II Veteran who served on Guadalcanal, he was also a smoker. Even though he …

— This is one of the most consequential elections of our lifetime,” political scholar Norman Ornstein recently told AARP editors about the 2018 midterm elections, and we wholeheartedly agree. There’s the sheer scope of what we’re voting for. (See attached pages for an accounting.) But it’s also the timing. We are at a moment in which important decisions need to be made on many matters key to the lives of older Americans. Some are obvious, like the future funding and structure …

— This Q&A Webinar Offers Tips Anyone Can Use 10 Retirement Planning Quick Tips Online Q&A PART 1: Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 5 p.m. MT PART 2: Thursday, October 25, 2018, 5 p.m. MT If you feel like it’s too late to save anything for retirement, AARP has some reassuring news for you: It’s not. Even if you’re behind schedule on retirement planning, there are still ways to grow your nest egg. A first step is to stop putting it off …

— Attend AARP’s Free, Two-Part Webinar Medicare: Your Questions Answered PART 1: Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 5 p.m. MT PART 2: Thursday, October 18, 2018 5 p.m. MT 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 …

— On Nov. 6 voters can ensure funding of health care and long-term care services that would allow thousands of people to age in their homes. Money to pay for the Healthy Montana Initiative (I-185) would be raised by taxing tobacco an additional $2 a pack. AARP Montana backs the ballot measure, and early voting has started. As federal money to expand Medicaid decreases and the state’s responsibility grows, the measure seeks funding to keep about 100,000 Montanans from losing their …

— House Candidates in Statistical Tie Among Montana 50-Plus Voters Helena, Mont., Sept. 28, 2018 —Today, AARP announced voters age 50 and over are united in their concern over Jobs, the economy and health care, according to a newly released AARP poll. The poll also found, financial security — health care costs, Social Security, retirement, cost of living – are keeping Montanans up at night, followed by partisanship concerns, immigration, and global issues. When asked directly, partisanship and division in the …

AARP issued a statement following a Public Health Council meeting about the Prescription Drug Gift Ban Law

— Retail prices for many of the most commonly-used brand name drugs by older adults rocketed upward by an average of 8.4 percent in 2017, outstripping the general inflation rate of 2.1 percent. The annual average cost of therapy for just one brand name drug increased to almost $6,800 in 2017. For more than a decade, brand name drug prices have exceeded the general inflation rate of other consumer goods by a factor of two-fold to more than 100-fold, according to …

— AARP Foundation Survey: Loneliness Numbers Rise Among Adults Age 45 and Older;  New survey finds 1 in 3 U.S. adults age 45 and older are lonely and examines risk factors for loneliness  A new survey released today by AARP Foundation, “Loneliness and Social Connections: A National Survey of Adults 45 and Older,” finds that 1 in 3 U.S. adults age 45 and older are lonely. While the percentage is unchanged from a previous loneliness study conducted by AARP Research in …