—   Proposition 3 was voted into law by Utahns last November, and will expand Medicaid coverage to 150,000 of our friends and neighbors, many of whom had no access to affordable healthcare coverage.  But now this victory is in imminent danger of being repealed and replaced by the Utah legislature, which convenes next week. Proposition 3 was crafted and vetted by policy experts after years of attempts to have Medicaid expanded by the state legislature, and will bring $800,000 million …

— State retirees paid into Social Security throughout their working lives and now count on it to make ends meet. What they don’t appreciate is having to pay state taxes on that vital retirement money. But Utah is one of 13 states that tax Social Security income. AARP Utah is urging legislators to remove at least part of this tax on older residents. Members can press lawmakers on the issue during the 45-day session that starts Jan. 28 and also fight …

— Proposition 3, on the ballot this November, is an expansion of the Medicaid program, which is jointly funded by the Utah state and federal government.  If passed, an additional 150,000 Utahns will have access to affordable healthcare through Medicaid, and it will bring $800 million of federal tax dollars Utahns already pay back into our state to pay for the expansion.  The expansion will add approximately 14,000 new jobs, and this new economic activity will add $1.7 billion to Utah’s …

— State voters will decide Nov. 6 whether to extend health coverage to some 150,000 low-income residents by expanding Medicaid to people who exceed the current financial eligibility bar. AARP Utah has been pursuing the expansion in the legislature for several years, as the state leaves federal dollars on the table—$800 million a year—that would broaden the health coverage program. The Utah Decides Healthcare coalition, which includes AARP, helped qualify Proposition 3 for the ballot and strongly backs the measure. In …

— 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 …