— WASHINGTON, DC—AARP today sent a letter to the U.S. Senate expressing concerns about tens of billions of dollars in potential cuts to Medicare next year alone, as well as potential tax increases or little or no tax relief for older Americans. The full text of the letter to the Senate is below:   Dear Senator: On behalf of our members and all Americans age 50 and older, AARP is writing to express our views on the Senate’s Tax Cuts and …

— AARP Vermont partnered with Smart Growth America on Nov. 6 to host a Vermont-specific webinar on implementing complete streets principles in rural and small towns across the state. Attendees and officials from towns and villages across Vermont participated. Complete Streets policies ensure that transportation agencies and municipalities routinely design and operate the right of ways to enable safe access for everyone on the road. Complete Streets guidelines make community and roadway planners think about how people can access the community …

— Enjoy a free cup of coffee and get the latest scoop on what’s happening with transportation in Chittenden County, an important issue facing older Vermonters.   Neighborhood Rides will be sharing information about their new program.  Learn more about public transit, ways you can volunteer and get involved in transit planning. Skinny Pancake, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 9:00am -10:00am 60 Lake St, Burlington, VT 05401 AARP VT’s monthly coffee hour focuses on discussions about relevant, timely topics and give you a chance …

— Public Talk and Call To Action with Jeff Chester, Center for Digital Democracy Jeff Chester, Director of the Center for Digital Democracy and national advocate for media justice, joins us on Thursday, November 9th at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall in Burlington, VT for a provocative and timely talk about how Big Data threatens to change Politics and Democracy forever and what we can do to stop it. The event begins at 5.30 with a reception, followed by the Public …

— More than 100,000 Vermonters whose employers do not offer a retirement plan will be able to save for their future under the Green Mountain Secure Retirement Plan, which will start operating by January 2019. Setting up a statewide workplace retirement savings plan was AARP Vermont’s top legislative priority this year. Gov. Phil Scott (R) signed the measure into law in June. Once the plan is up and running, small businesses with up to 50 employees can voluntarily participate at no …

— Are you involved with older adult issues in Vermont? This conference will offer the latest information and insights from a wide variety of professional experts across the state and beyond. See below for more on what will be covered. Conference topics include: Transportation Innovations in Nutrition and Meals Program Needs of Caregivers How to Start and Manage a Volunteer Program Self-Care for Professionals Facilitated “Table Talks” on a variety of topics:  Local volunteer programs (including Cares and Aging in Place) …

— By: Greg Marchildon, AARP Vermont State Director Legislation has consequences. The most recent Senate Bill — Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) – poses devastating repercussions for thousands of Vermonters.  It’s no better than the House proposal and certainly not “Better Care” in any way, shape or form! This bill would increase costs and risks for Vermonters, including: seniors, children and adults with disabilities, all of us with pre-existing conditions, and especially people age 50-64. But, let’s start with Vermont taxpayers …

— The Vermont Retired Teachers Association (VRTA) is a statewide advocate and voice for over 10,000 retired educators and educational support workers.  VRTA is the only organization in Vermont representing all individuals who retired from work in the schools of the state.  VRTA speaks in support of retirement and health care programs that benefit those who dedicated their life work to educating and providing services to K-12 students and beyond.  Local chapters of the organization can be found in all areas …

— Attorney General T.J. Donovan announced that the Attorney General’s Office will host a public forum on the cost of health care in Vermont on July 11th in Burlington. The forum will provide information on how the cost of health care is determined in Vermont and the process for the public to give comments to the Green Mountain Care Board. The Attorney General will be joined at the forum by Judy Henkin, General Counsel of the Green Mountain Care Board, Mike …

— AARP Vermont held this live, interactive teletown hall call with guest speaker Congressman Peter Welch and hundreds of Vermonters on June 19. The topics of conversation were Medicare and the healthcare system in general. Congressman Welch explained why he voted no on the new proposed American Health Care Act bill. AARP strongly opposes the bill as well. Congressman Welch has a history of working against the rising costs of prescription drugs and spoke to this on the call. He explained …