—   Join AARP Virginia at one of our many local events AARP Virginia staff and volunteers work together in bringing real possibilities to your community.  Join us at our free informative workshops where you can learn about caregiving, Brain Health, identifying frauds, and more. Socialize with other AARP members at our lunch and dinner groups, free movie screenings and other events. Get connected with many community partner organizations that provide unique tools and programs to tackle issues that matter most …

— AARP Launches ‘Stop Rx Greed’ Campaign Targeting High Prescription Drug Prices New Campaign Focuses on Federal and State Solutions to Cut Drug Prices Now   RICHMOND —Today, AARP announced the launch of ‘Stop Rx Greed,’ a nationwide campaign aimed at lowering prescription drug prices. The goal of AARP’s sustained campaign is to help drive down drug prices for Virginians and all Americans by advocating for a variety of legislative, executive, and regulatory actions at both the federal and state level. …

— Living with a disability is a challenge more than 950,000 Virginians face. AARP Virginia reminds Old Dominion residents tax relief is available to acquire or rehabilitate homes to make them more compatible for aging in place. Under the Virginia Livable Home Tax Credit program, residents can get a tax credit of as much as $5,000 to purchase an accessible home or up to half the cost of retrofitting an existing residence, with a $5,000 cap. Eligible features include zero-step entrances, …

— Elder abuse measures, college affordability legislation, and redistricting bill among AARP-supported legislation. The Virginia General Assembly passed new laws strengthening protections against elder abuse, made progress toward college affordability, and took a solid first step in an effort to redraw voting districts in a bipartisan way during the 2019 session – actions which AARP Virginia supported. Legislators went home without acting on AARP’s top two legislative priorities. AARP volunteers will return to the General Assembly next year to seek tax …

— 1 in 5 Virginians is a Family Caregiver More than 1 million Virginians care for a parent, spouse or other loved one to help them live safely and independently at home. Being a family caregiver is a labor of love, but it can also take a toll. During the 2019 Virginia General Assembly, AARP fought for common sense solutions to help make family caregivers’ big responsibilities a little easier by asking for a tax credit for caregivers. The legislation did …

— AARP volunteers head to the Virginia General Assembly on Wednesday to ask lawmakers for legislation to provide a tax credit for family caregivers and to help workers save for retirement. “Virginia’s elected officials have a chance to assist family caregivers who spend their own money to keep their loved ones out of nursing homes,” said Jim Dau, AARP Virginia State Director. “These family caregivers are the unrecognized backbone of Virginia’s long-term care system while sacrificing their own financial security; this …

— Thanks to Medicaid expansion, more Virginians ages 19 to 64 will have access to quality, low-cost health insurance in 2019. Eligibility is based on family size and income: An adult who has an income of less than $16,754 or a family of three with an income of less than $28,677 will qualify. Up to 400,000 people will be able to gain coverage, including 95,000 adults between the ages of 50 and 64. Coverage begins Jan. 1, but applications are accepted …

— The rules have changed and now, more Virginians can get low-cost, quality health insurance that covers preventive care, doctor visits, prescriptions, hospitalizations, mental health care, laboratory and x-ray services, rehabilitative services, medical equipment, and more. Beginning January 1, 2019, thousands of Virginians aged 19-64 will be able to get the health care they need so they can have peace of mind and greater financial security. It will help individuals to be more productive in their jobs and allows families to …

— Voting in the mid-term elections is easy for some people – just a quick walk around the corner or a short drive to the polling station. But for others, it may seem impossible. Taking time off from work or overcoming physical disabilities can prevent many people from exercising their right to vote. And living in remote or rural communities can make getting to the polls particularly difficult. But with a little advance planning, you can make sure your vote is …

— In closely watched race, Democratic candidate has the preference of key voter group. AARP Virginia released a poll Tuesday, October 9, 2018, taken of voters ages 50 and older in the state’s 10th Congressional District (CD-10), which is one of the most heavily scrutinized races in the country. The survey found that this group of voters will make their election choices driven by concerns about health care costs and financial security, as well as by a strong sense of unhappiness …

— Guard your new Medicare card as carefully as you protect your credit card, and make sure your medical providers use your new Medicare number when they bill for services.  These were two of the many valuable points made by AARP volunteer Ridge Multop during his “Medicare 101” presentation at Kings Park Library in Burke, Virginia, on August 15. In the past, a Medicare recipient’s Social Security number also served as his or her Medicare number and was printed on the …