— 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 Nebraska for all ages to live, work and play. We hope you’ll join us!

— New Campaign Focuses on Federal and State Solutions to Cut Drug Prices Now On March 12, AARP announced the launch of ‘Stop Rx Greed,’ a nationwide campaign aimed at lowering prescription drug prices. The goal of AARP’s sustained campaign is to help drive down drug prices for Nebraskans and all Americans by advocating for a variety of legislative, executive, and regulatory actions at both the federal and state level. “Tens of millions of Americans and tens of thousands of Nebraskans …

—   AARP, the nation’s strongest voice for people age 50 and older, today announced support for state legislation to protect consumers against surprise bills from non-network health care providers. Surprise balance billing occurs when individuals seek medical care from providers and facilities they believe are in their health insurance plan’s network, but unknowingly receive a service from an out-of-network provider. They may then be responsible for paying a large portion or all of the cost. LB569, the Out-of-Network Consumer Protection, …

— LB693 would crack down on bogus caller IDs  AARP, the nation’s strongest voice for people age 50 and older, has announced support for a Nebraska bill to curb scam phone calls originating from fake caller ID numbers. LB693, the Neighbor Spoofing Protection Act, introduced by Sen. Steve Halloran, would ban callers from sending deceptive caller ID information to phones “with the intent to defraud, cause harm or wrongfully obtain anything of value.” The Nebraska Public Service Commission could fine violators …

— AARP is supporting a bill in the Nebraska Legislature to shine light on the cost of manufacturing prescription drugs. LB567, the Prescription Drug Cost Transparency Act introduced by Sen. Adam Morfeld, requires drug companies to notify insurance companies, health providers and others at least 60 days in advance when the wholesale cost of a drug is scheduled to increase more than 16 percent. Bob Lassen, a retired pharmacist and AARP Nebraska volunteer, told the Health and Human Services Committee at …

— AARP, the nation’s strongest voice for people age 50 and older, has endorsed legislation to help provide Nebraskans with the workplace flexibility they need to care for their loved ones without putting their jobs and finances in jeopardy. LB 311, the Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Act, offers paid leave to Nebraska workers to care for themselves or a family member with a serious health condition, a new child, or a military family member preparing for or returning from …

— On January 15, State Senators Sue Crawford and Machaela Cavanaugh introduced LB 311, the Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Act. AARP strongly supports this measure to offer employed family caregivers paid leave from their jobs to care for their loved ones. Nearly two in three family caregivers in the workforce are caring for a relative age 65 or older. We believe that Nebraskans should be able to care for their family members without worrying about losing their income. Importantly, …

— Approximately 290,000 Nebraska residents have access to just one internet provider or no access at all. State lawmakers return to Lincoln on Jan. 9, and AARP Nebraska wants legislators to hear from its members about issues such as expanding internet access, keeping prescription prices low and other topics that affect those 50 and older. This year’s session may include debates on tax credits for caregivers, providing sick leave for workers without that benefit, and funding home- and community-based services. AARP …

— Lawmakers approved permanent Aging and Disability Resource Centers at locations across the state. These free one-stop sites for information, referral and assistance were first launched as a demonstration project in 2015 to connect older and disabled Nebraskans and family caregivers with the support and services they need. Such information can help people stay in their homes longer and avoid costly care. The new law, which passed in April, means the centers are no longer temporary and instead will serve as …

— By Dave Holmquist, AARP Nebraska State President How to strengthen and preserve Social Security for future generations is one of the most important decisions facing federal policymakers. This campaign season, questions about Social Security’s fate belong on the forefront. Born in the depths of the Great Depression, Social Security is showing signs of financial distress. Sooner or later, our national leaders will need to step in to secure its long-term future. And whether you’re a potential beneficiary of Social Security …

— Today, in Nebraska more than 300,000 people over 65 and individuals with disabilities are covered by Medicare for their health care. 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. Thankfully, the deal that was struck with Americans in 1965 – pay into Medicare throughout your working life …