— As an AARP member, you are part of an organization with a social mission, helping improve the quality of life for people 50+ and their families.  Whether at discounted events, through community service or by advocating at the state and local levels, AARP creates positive change with the help of volunteers, right here on Long Island. What are the benefits of volunteering? Give back where we live, work and play Learn new skills and receive training opportunities Make new friends …

— Juggling is Difficult When You Are Always Looking Over Your Shoulder So many issues, so little time.  It’s a common refrain at the State Capitol in Harrisburg (or in Washington, DC for that matter).  Pennsylvania’s elected leaders have completed their hearings on the Commonwealth’s 2018-19 budget and now need to finalize state spending.  But there are numerous other issues they have also vowed to consider in this two year session of the General Assembly, and even though it’s only April …

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— Kentucky Retirees Pay More State Taxes in 2019 In the final hours of Kentucky’s 2018 General Assembly, AARP Kentucky is urging lawmakers to hear the voices of Kentuckians and take action to protect retirees. The state office is calling on the General Assembly and Governor Bevin to reject any tax increase on retirement income and restore deductions for medical expenses. AARP Kentucky released a statement calling on the General Assembly and Governor Bevin to reject any changes to the state’s …

— By Melissa Preddy Cathy Moore had modest expectations when she tagged along to an AARP volunteer meeting in Jackson three years ago. “I honestly thought AARP was all about consumer discounts,” said Moore, 68. “After finding out AARP is so involved in helping the community, I thought, OK, this is something I can do.” Today, Moore is the lead volunteer coordinator in her region of Michigan. She and her team have canvassed Flint neighborhoods to help residents there get new …

— Under a new state law, Oregonians will no longer receive unexpected medical bills for out-of-network services. Patients receiving treatment from in-network providers have often been stunned to get hefty invoices from out-of-network specialists. This was usually because an in-network doctor chose to work with an out-of-network anesthesiologist or other specialist without the patient knowing the specialist wasn’t covered by the insurance plan. AARP Oregon pressed for the law, which bars out-of-network providers from billing patients who were treated at an …

— Español [See links below to download a print a FREE ‘wallet card’ and place them in your and your loved one’s wallets. That way, you’ll both have the important information about this new law available when you need it most.] Today, millions of Californians are providing care for a family member, partner, or friend with a chronic, disabling, or serious health condition. These “family caregivers” provide indispensable help with such tasks as meal-preparation, bathing, dressing, administering medications and wound-care. AARP has …

— The North Dakota Legislative Assembly only meets every other year. However, during the “interim,” legislative committees will study a wide array of important issues. AARP will be closely watching issues related to health care access and affordability, home- and community-based services, retirement security, property taxes, and other issues important to 50+ North Dakotans. To keep our members current on these interim studies, AARP North Dakota is hosting a monthly webinar/conference call. During these calls, expect to hear what the interim …

— Your legislators are listening to somebody. Why not make it you? AARP North Dakota will hold a legislative volunteer training on Wednesday, June 13, in West Fargo. Join us for some spirited discussion and valuable lessons on how to work with your state legislators. The training will run from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Rustad Recreation Center, 601 26th Ave E., West Fargo. Lunch will be provided. Go here to register. Important issues face the state of North …

— Pennsylvania Political Forecast – Cloudy with a 100% Chance of Uncertainty If there were any thoughts that the month of February might clear up some of the issues surrounding the future path of Pennsylvania politics, they’ve been fried by the 80 degree temperatures we experienced in the middle of the month, buried by the foot of snow parts of the state experienced a week later, then blown away by the 75 mile wind gusts that knocked out power to many …

— At the AARP Oregon State Office we hear almost weekly from a member who can’t afford prescription drugs and has to make the hard choice to skip a medication dose or cut the pill in order to make ends meet. That’s why we were especially pleased to help pass legislation during Oregon’s short session that will make the cost of drugs more “transparent” in our state. This bill and several others passed through our advocacy efforts – and the help …