— The October issue of the AARP Bulletin provides information about how the mid-term elections will affect older Americans. The magazine lists the following issues that the next Congress will have to handle: Shoring up Social Security Rising drug prices Medicare funding Medicaid: Grow or slow it? The future of health insurance Bolstering retirement savings Lowering retirement taxes Fixing pension shortfalls More help for caregivers Fraud targets Read more here.  

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— AARP ARIZONA AND PROPOSITION 127 AARP on behalf of its 900,000 members in the Grand Canyon state has not taken a pro or con position on Proposition 127 however we thought it was important to raise our concerns. Many of our members are on fixed or low incomes and struggling to make ends meet. AARP advocates for fair and affordable rates and reliable energy service.  We do favor cost effective efforts to increase the percentage from renewable energy. However we …

— Yvette Peña, AARP’s Vice President for Latino Audience Strategy, will be a guest speaker at the 2018 Latino Summit, “Empowerment through Action.” This year’s Summit will focus on the importance of voting. The Summit ties in well with AARP’s new “Be the Difference, VOTE” campaign. The Campaign encourages voter’s to make their voices heard on issues affected American’s age 50 and over. Here are the details for the Summit: WHEN:          Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm …

— AMERICANS 50-PLUS ARE THE NATION’S MOST POWERFUL VOTING BLOC. This election, Medicare, Social Security, support for family caregivers, and prescription drug costs are all on the line. AARP Maine is proud to co-sponsor televised debates* this fall.  Tune in to hear where the candidates stand on the issues you and your family care about. In addition, the debate on October 23rd in Bangor is open to the public to attend, but REGISTRATION is required due to space limitations.  Join us for …

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— Statement from AARP Arizona Concerning Political Ad Sponsored by DSCC and Other Campaigns A political ad that mentions AARP is currently being broadcast in Arizona. AARP did not authorize the DSCC ad and we did not participate in its production. AARP does not endorse candidates or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. We have a proud 32-year history of non-partisan voter engagement, providing voters with information on where the candidates stand on issues important to our members and their …

— AARP-Commissioned Surveys Show 19th and 22nd District 50+ Voters United in Concern Over Health Care Costs, Social Security, Medicare ALBANY, N.Y. – Challengers Antonio Delgado and Anthony Brindisi hold leads over incumbents John Faso and Claudia Tenney among voters 50 and older in the nationally-watched races to represent New York’s 19th and 22nd congressional districts, according to new AARP-commissioned polls. The polls also show 50-plus voters in both districts are united, across party lines, in their concern over healthcare costs …

— By Mary Van Beusekom On Nov. 6, Minnesotans will find a packed ballot with choices for governor, lieutenant governor, both U.S. senators, all eight U.S. House members, all 134 state House members, and various judicial and local officials. In the governor’s race, U.S. Rep. Tim Walz (DFL), 54, is facing Republican Jeff Johnson, 51, a Hennepin County commissioner. To help ensure that the winners address key issues facing older residents, AARP Minnesota urges voters to review the candidates’ stances carefully. …

— By Tim Poor In a close U.S. Senate race getting national attention, two-term Sen. Claire McCaskill (D), 65, is going up against state Attorney General Josh Hawley (R), 38, on Nov. 6. AARP asked the candidates for their views on key issues for 50-plus voters. AARP is nonpartisan and doesn’t recommend candidates. How would you improve service for Social Security recipients? McCaskill: We should be stressing customer service. Unfortunately, the current administration has advocated cutting services, despite the fact that …

— By Cristina Rouvalis In the Nov. 6 election for governor, incumbent Tom Wolf (D), 69, and former state Sen. Scott Wagner (R), 63, are campaigning on markedly different approaches to issues affecting older people—health care, retirement savings plans, property taxes and Medicaid. Health care Wolf points to his success launching Community HealthChoices, a managed-care program for long-term Medicaid recipients. Thanks to this effort, 50,000 older people have been able to stay in their homes longer and avoid institutions. Wolf also …

— AARP North Carolina is hard at work, standing up for older citizens on issues important to them, including Medicare, Social Security, retirement, financial security and caregiving. AARP urges all members to do their part and hold elected officials accountable at the ballot box. On Nov. 6, North Carolina will hold contests for all 13 U.S. House seats, every seat in the state General Assembly and six ballot initiatives. While midterm elections tend to attract less attention, older voters in North …