— 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 Utah. We hope you’ll join us!

— The legislative session that begins Jan. 22 is only 45 days long. AARP Utah is prepared to hit the ground running to advocate on behalf of family caregivers, retirees and other adults 50-plus. AARP staff and volunteers will be at the Capitol every day. This year, the state office’s legislative priorities are to secure workplace leave for family caregivers, expand access to telehealth and keep the retirement income tax credit from phasing out for Utahns born after 1953. The AARP …

— #SaveMyCare DAY OF ACTION ALERT THE TIME IS NOW TO FIGHT BACK AGAINST ACTION BY CONGRESS TO PASS A BAD HEALTH CARE BILL!   WHAT: A day of action to contact your Senators and Representatives and let them know how important quality, affordable care is to you, your family and your friends.   WHY: People’s health and lives are at stake! When the delegation returns to Washington in a couple weeks, it’s likely they will try to pass healthcare reform …

— At AARP, we believe Medicare is a deal with the American people that must not be broken. Thankfully, President Trump repeatedly said during his historic campaign that he would not allow changes to this popular program.  “I am going to protect and save your Social Security and your Medicare,” he told voters. “You made a deal a long time ago. “ Older voters were instrumental in electing President Trump and the Republican Congress. Now those voters are counting on Congress …

Why Medicare Matters

— Your key Medicare questions, answered. Could Congress really take away my Medicare benefits? What would a voucher program mean for my savings? There are plenty of big questions about what the new Congress might do to Medicare – and how it could affect your bottom line, Laura Polacheck. AARP has the answers. Don’t miss our special Q&A on the 5 top questions about Medicare since the election!     How does Medicare work for you? Medicare’s ins-and-outs can be confusing …

— In a state whose legislative session is only 45 days, AARP stands ready to score some wins for state residents 50-plus when lawmakers meet beginning Jan. 23. AARP Utah’s legislative priorities for 2017 include retirement security, support for family caregivers and access to affordable health care. One proposed bill would allow more private-sector workers to save for retirement through payroll deductions. Nationwide, people are 15 times more likely to save through a job-based plan than by setting money aside on …

— It’s important that our future president has a plan to keep Social Security strong for generations to come. That’s why AARP has asked presidential candidates to Take A Stand on Social Security and commit to making it a priority during their term in office.  For a real-time update on the statements made by the candidates, go to 2016takeastand.org. This month on AARP Live, join AARP Vermont state director, Greg Marchildon, AARP Maine state director, Lori Parham and AARP Kentucky Volunteer Charlotte …

— A new rule in Utah requires hospitals to work closely with family caregivers. The Patient Designated Caregiver Rule, proposed by AARP Utah and issued by the state Department of Health, allows each patient to designate a caregiver, whom the hospital must notify when the patient is released. In addition, hospitals will give caregivers instructions about follow-up care, such as managing medications. The policy is designed to support about 336,000 family caregivers in Utah, whose unpaid services help keep their loved …

— It has been a whirlwind legislative session with a lot happening but as of last night it has come to a close. I want to thank you and all of the other great AARP advocates who stayed informed, got engaged, and made their voices heard to their legislators. I can’t stress enough that without your involvement, we could not do the work we do! Here is what we saw from our view at the Capitol: The Good Wins for Family …

— AARP Backs Bipartisan Credit for Caring Act Introduced today in Congress, the bill offers a federal tax credit for family caregivers Washington, DC – AARP commends U.S. Representative Tom Reed (R-NY) and U.S. Representative Linda Sanchez (D-CA) on the bipartisan introduction of H.R. 4708, the Credit for Caring Act, that supports America’s family caregivers by offering a federal tax credit of up to $3,000 for those who qualify. This tax credit would provide eligible family caregivers caring for loved ones …

— We need your help to keep SB133, Small Employer Retirement Program, moving toward becoming law. This bill will help Utah workers have access to retirement savings vehicles at work. The Senate voted to approve the program but it is now headed to the House. The bill is facing new opposition from groups who benefit by keeping this current market confusing and high-cost for small businesses owners. Follow this link and take 2 minutes to send a message to your State Representative and …