— Join hundreds of Virginians as they raise their voices help close the health care coverage gap in the Commonwealth.  The Healthcare for All Virginians Coalition will hold a rally for Medicaid expansion Thursday, March 1, 2018 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at The Bell Tower on Capitol Square. Since 2014, Virginia legislators have rejected the opportunity to provide affordable health insurance to hardworking Virginians. With expanded Medicaid, nearly 400,000 low-income Virginia adults could gain coverage. Most of these individuals …

— Access to health care, broadband and affordable utilities are among high-priority items in the 2018 AARP Michigan State Legislative Agenda. The list also includes fighting fraud, abuse and financial exploitation and supporting veterans and age-friendly communities. AARP Michigan advocates on policy issues that matter most to Michiganders 50 and older and their families. Each year, AARP Michigan publishes a state legislative agenda, which is shared with State Representatives and Senators, the Governor, AARP members and volunteers and the public. The 2018 …

— Whether you’re retired and living on a fixed income, or work in an office or at a construction site, you should be able to see a doctor or nurse when you’re sick and get medications when you need them. And it shouldn’t bankrupt you. Your income shouldn’t determine whether you can get the care you need. That’s why AARP Oregon is working with over 100 organizations across the state to urge Oregonians to vote YES on Measure 101 this January. …

— AARP Louisiana has a Speakers Bureau whose volunteers give presentations on topics such as fraud prevention, caregiving, health care, veterans resources and more. Louisiana is home to about 660,000 family caregivers and more than 290,000 veterans, two-thirds of whom are 50 and older. Louisiana ranked 12th in the nation in incidents of fraud complaints per capita reported to the Federal Trade Commission. To schedule a speaker for your community group, or to become an AARP speaker, call LaTonya Scott at …

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— You are invited to join AARP President Eric Schneidewind and AARP’s Legislative Policy Director, David Certner, for a one-hour Q&A style conversation about  tax reform and potential bi-partisan legislation on health care from Senators Alexander and Murray.  Most importantly, you are invited to share your questions and comments with these key AARP leaders. When:  Thursday, November 9 at 2 p.m. ET (1 p.m. CT noon MT/11 a.m. PT) How:  Dial: 877-209-3531(toll-free and no PIN required) As always, the calls will be …

—   10 Things You Need to Know About ACA Enrollment and How to Choose a Health Insurance Plan Download our printable flyer!   When to apply: The marketplace open enrollment begins on Nov. 1, 2017 and ends on Dec. 15, 2017.   Who should apply? The Affordable Care Act (ACA) Health Insurance Marketplace (also called Obamacare) is where people who do not have health care coverage through their job or a government program, such as Medicare or Medicaid, purchase health insurance. …

— AARP has delivered to members of the United States Senate a petition signed by more than 2 million AARP members urging the Senate to reject measures that would result in deep cuts to Medicare and Social Security. The petition follows a letter AARP sent to Senators late last week, which said “We urge you to vote no on this measure.”   “Tens of millions of Americans of all ages depend on Social Security and Medicare, and the proposed Senate budget, would impose …

— Medicare Open Enrollment runs from October 15th through December 7th and is the perfect opportunity each year to review your Medicare plan coverage for 2018. AARP is encouraging everyone with Medicare coverage to compare their health and prescription drug plan options during the seven weeks of Medicare Open Enrollment. “Medicare Open Enrollment is your once-a-year opportunity to compare plans to find one that best meets your needs at a price that’s right for you,” said Lina Walker, PhD, Vice President …

— The Latest on Health Care: What Mainers Need to Know After working behind closed doors yet again, Senate leadership was considering a vote on a new health care bill this week in a last-ditch attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The bill was known simply as Graham-Cassidy, named for Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) who drafted it.  By Monday, September 25, three Republican Senators, including Maine Senator Susan Collins, had publicly voiced their opposition to …

— AARP Maine is hitting the road to talk about what’s been on everyone’s minds: health care. Funded by a grant from Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF), AARP Maine is holding a series of community forums throughout the state (please see our schedule, below).   During these open discussions, we hope you will share with us your concerns as well as your ideas on these sometimes complicated issues. Each forum features a panel of local experts including hospital administrators, physicians, public …