— The race is on to replace Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings with a record number of contenders. Nine individuals have filed for candidacy, and Dallas County Election Day is May 4. With this number of candidates, a runoff election may be necessary if no single candidate takes home a plurality of the votes. Read on to learn about each candidate currently in the running to be the new mayor.       2019 Dallas Mayoral Candidates   Mike Ablon Age: 54 …

— By Laura Tillman AARP Texas is working hard to make communities more livable for everyone, whether it’s new curbs for easier walking or an art installation to brighten a public space. For those aging in place and confronting mobility challenges and fixed incomes, livability can mean the difference between connecting with the community or growing isolated. Here’s how five Texas cities are improving life for their residents. Houston Since August 2017, when Hurricane Harvey damaged hundreds of thousands of homes, …

— Sweeping bipartisan legislation to end surprise medical billing in Texas was filed in the Legislature today, garnering high praise from AARP Texas as a monumental step toward protecting consumers from often sky-high unexpected medical charges. The reaction pertains to Senate Bill 1264 by Senator Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills) and a soon-to-be-filed companion bill by Representative Trey Martinez Fischer (D-San Antonio). The measures would remove patients from the center of billing disputes and would prevent consumers from receiving debilitating charges …

— State Sen. Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills) today filed Senate Bill 1212, which makes crucial improvements to nursing home safety sought by advocates for nursing home residents. AARP Texas Director Bob Jackson hailed the measure as a breakthrough toward improving nursing home safety. “Seniors and others residing in nursing homes have the right to expect quality care in a safe haven,” said Jackson. “The current system of nursing home oversight is full of gaping holes. Senator Hancock deserves praise for …

— Attend AARP’s Free Webinar to Find Out How Social Security – Your Questions Answered Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 6 p.m. CT You’ve earned your Social Security retirement benefits. Make sure you get everything you’ve got coming to you by attending the first in a series of free Social Security webinars from AARP. Register for this session to get straightforward answers to questions like: When should I claim my benefits to get a larger monthly check? Will working after retirement affect …

— State lawmakers have filed bills to help bring high-speed internet to rural Texas. Senator Charles Perry (R-Lubbock) and Reps. Charles “Doc” Anderson (R-Waco) and Four Price (R-Amarillo) have sponsored bills that seek to improve broadband access in areas of Texas that are currently underserved. Broadband refers to high-speed internet access that is always on and is faster than a dial-up connection. It includes technologies like Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) and cable modem. While broadband access is a problem in many …

— Applications are currently being accepted through Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 11:59 p.m. ET We know that it takes time to build great communities. But, we also believe that quick action can spark longer-term progress. AARP launched the AARP Community Challenge to fund projects that build momentum for change in communities to improve livability for all local residents. The Community Challenge is open to 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(6) nonprofits and government entities. Other types of organizations will be considered on a …

— Patients who seek treatment at freestanding emergency rooms in Texas would gain new safeguards from surprise medical bills, under a measure filed today in the Legislature that’s supported by AARP Texas. State Rep. Tom Oliverson (R-Cypress) filed House Bill 2041 to better inform consumers about what fees they may incur and what their insurance will cover at freestanding emergency rooms. Specifically, a written “disclosure statement” – in both English and Spanish – would be provided to patients prior to treatment. …

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— By Charlene Hunter James As we observe Black History Month, I cannot help but think about the African-Americans who give their time to causes and about the African-American organizations who make life better. The spirit of volunteerism in the African-American community has long been rooted in a culture of taking care of each other and of the community at large. By pitching in to take care of a friend or family member, volunteering at church, advocating for civil rights or …

— Learn How to Leverage Your Skills and Experience at AARP’s Free, Two-Part Webinar Age-Proof Your Career: A Two-Part Interactive Webinar Part 1: Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 6 p.m. CT Part 2: Thursday, March 7, 2019, 6 p.m. CT As an experienced worker, you have years of expertise and advanced skills to offer. Whether you’re looking for a new job, working to advance in your company or thinking about a career change, you want to increase your competitiveness with confidence. Sign …