— 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 …

— Join us for two live webcasts and get answers to your questions. Do you have questions about the Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment? Get your answers live! Whether you’re enrolling for the first time or re-enrolling, the two-part Q&A series from AARP Learn@50+ provides answers about the 2018 enrollment process. In part one, AARP’s experts will review the Open Enrollment period (Nov. 1 to Dec. 15) and answer your questions about the process. In part two, the AARP team will lead a …

— Join us for two live Medicare webcasts and get answers to your questions Do you have questions about Medicare coverage and plan options? Whether you’re enrolling for the first time or entering open enrollment, the two-part Medicare Q&A series from Learn@50+ can get you answers about your 2017 plan options. In part one, AARP’s Medicare expert Susan Lutz will review the different parts of Medicare and answer your questions about enrollment periods for new Medicare recipients and open enrollment rules for …

— Utahns 50-plus value keeping their brains healthy and their finances secure, an AARP survey found. AARP Utah has lined up keynote speakers to address both topics at its “Real Possibilities” University on Thursday, Oct. 12, 4:30-7:30 p.m., at Festival Hall in Cedar City. In addition to focusing on memory loss, dementia and fraud, Real Possibilities will feature sessions on physical fitness and nutrition, and wills and trusts. Utahns traveling to nearby St. George for the Huntsman World Senior Games are …

— #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 …

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— 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 …

— AARP is sponsoring a Real Possibilities University, with keynote presentations on brain fitness and fraud. These topics were among the top concerns of Utahns age 50-plus in a 2014 AARP survey. The event will be Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1731 S. Convention Center Dr., St. George. Other sessions will address financial security, wills and trusts, staying fit and eating right. More than 10,000 athletes age 50-plus will be in town for …

— 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 …