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

— Voters age 50 and older were the deciding factor in last year’s midterm elections, according to the National Election Pool Exit Poll results. The findings confirmed that 50-plus voters made up the majority of voters in Pennsylvania (57%) and 56 percent nationally. Candidates who ignored older voters, Pennsylvania’s most powerful voting group, paid a price on Election Day. Older voters held candidates accountable for not finding common ground on the issues that matter to them and their families. What they …

— More older Pennsylvanians will qualify for prescription drug assistance thanks to newly enacted eligibility standards. Act 87 increases the annual maximum income limits for the state’s PACENET program from $23,500 to $27,500 for a single person and from $31,000 to $35,500 for a married couple. Pennsylvania’s PACENET and PACE programs, which are funded by the state lottery, provide low-cost prescription drugs to nearly 282,000 residents age 65 and older. If you’d like to learn more, go to aging.pa.gov.

— Thousands of  older Pennsylvanians now qualify for prescription drug assistance under a new law that increases income limits for the state’s Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract for the Elderly Needs Enhancement Tier (PACENET) program. AARP strongly supported House Bill 270 that was unanimously approved in the final days of the 2018 legislative session in Harrisburg. The bill raised the maximum income limits for the PACENET program for the first time in 15 years from $23,500 to $27,500 for individuals 65+ and from …

— AARP’s FREE Online Q&A Has Answers 2019 Health Insurance Marketplace: Your Questions Answered PART 1: Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 7 p.m. ET PART 2: Thursday, November 8, 2018, 7 p.m. ET 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 …

— The Pennsylvania House Professional Licensure Committee is currently considering Senate Bill 780, which would offer state residents more options for health care through telemedicine. It’s time for Pennsylvania to join 25 other states that have already improved access to quality health care by requiring insurers to offer coverage for telemedicine-provided services comparable to that of in-person services.  Telemedicine will expand the availability of health care and home and community based-services (HCBS) and increase the choice of providers, especially in rural …

— Attend AARP’s Free, Two-Part Webinar Medicare: Your Questions Answered PART 1: Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 7 p.m. ET PART 2: Thursday, October 18, 2018 7 p.m. ET 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 …

—   AARP Pennsylvania and the Jewish Healthcare Foundation of Pittsburgh are teaming up to help get older adults moving outdoors through the Foundation’s Senior Connections initiative. Join us for a group walk in Frick Park with Pittsburgh City Councilman Corey O’Connor, and sign up for free “Park Ambassador” training to learn the fundamentals of leading group outings in your local park. Both events will be led by Venture Outdoors and are designed for older adults of various fitness levels.   …

— AARP Pennsylvania invites everyone to get active with Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Erika Strassburger at Schenley Park, one of the community’s most beautiful assets, on Thursday, July 12. This is a great opportunity to get some fresh air, meet some new people, and hear from a local legislator about current city initiatives. The Venture Outdoors staff have planned a low intensity walk through the park in order to accommodate participants with varying levels of physical fitness. This walk is free for all individuals 50-plus …

— By Hilary Appelman Terry Hudon hid the fact he was gay when he served in the Navy, and he understands the isolation that can bring. So Hudon knows how much his visits mean to a gay, disabled veteran at the VA hospital in Aspinwall, just outside Pittsburgh. Hudon, 70, said he believes his visits are the only time the veteran speaks to another gay person. “He just lights up when he sees us,” Hudon said, after a visit with a …