— In recognition of his work during the 2017 Regular Texas Legislative Session, state Rep. Tom Oliverson (R-Cypress) has been presented a Texas Legislative Achievement Award from AARP Texas. Dr. Oliverson authored and fought for successful passage of legislation – House Bill 3276 – that requires freestanding emergency rooms to be more transparent regarding insurance networks covered by these facilities. The legislation, which received bipartisan support, was signed into law by Texas Governor Greg Abbott and took effect on Sept. 1. …

— About 56,000 Hawaii residents will lose health care coverage by 2022 under the Senate’s health care bill, according to a new analysis of the legislation by the AARP Public Policy Institute. The bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act caps spending on Medicaid and cuts $772 billion in federal Medicaid spending, shifting costs to states, state taxpayers and families. AARP estimates Hawaii would lose $1.9 billion in total federal and state Medicaid funding from FY2020 to FY 2026. …

— By Sheila Burke Nancy Kinnear feels confident in her own driving. It’s the other people behind the wheel, especially those who are distracted by their cellphones and other gadgets, who scare her. “I don’t know how many times I see people looking down and they’ll go through stop signs,” said Kinnear, 73, of Collierville. “They don’t see lights. They’re texting or they’re talking on the phone.” April is national Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and as part of its commitment to …

— This has been a busy week for President Donald Trump. He’s been signing executive orders, holding high-level meetings, and tweeting up a storm. All of this makes it clear that our 45th president is eager to deliver quickly on the promises he made during his campaign. At AARP, we’re focusing on one important promise: The pledge he made not to cut Medicare. Older voters were instrumental in electing President Trump and the Republican Congress. Now those voters are counting on …

— On the Fourth of July, Sidney Williams of Brownsville sliced his hand while opening a vase. He needed urgent medical treatment. So, he visited a nearby emergency clinic after a friend called ahead to see if the clinic would accept his insurance. When they arrived, Williams said the clinic staff confirmed that the clinic would accept his insurance. He got stitches and other care from the clinic’s onsite doctor. Later, he got a medical bill – for $6,500. Not surprisingly, …

— There’s an issue lurking in Pennsylvania that could have a huge impact on the future fiscal situation of many individuals, not to mention Pennsylvania taxpayers as a whole.  It doesn’t receive a lot of attention, but every once in a while it surfaces in the public eye. Last week the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published an article about an upcoming hearing before the Pennsylvania Insurance Commission.  A number of insurance companies will be asking the Commission to allow them to increase the …

— Check out the following recorded webinars for free. Seniors and Livable Communities Bill of Rights Living in a common interest community affords many with the joy of independent living, yet can also present some unique challenges as we age in these communities. Join the Division of Real Estate, part of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, on effectively navigating your HOA. Understand how HOAs are governed, applicable laws and how to handle disputes. This webinar will also address common consumer …

— Save the date for these upcoming webinars covering Medicaid expansion in Montana. 1. Medicaid Expansion in Indian Country Monday, November 30th at 11am This webinar will review the nuts and bolts of Medicaid expansion and American Indians including: a brief Medicaid expansion overview, Medicaid expansion benefits for American Indians, application and enrollment overview, Medicaid plan benefits, and Q & A. On the webinar, we’ll be joined by staff from the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services to help answer …

— If you think Medicare is free, then you are in for a surprise. People on Medicare are spending a lot on health care! To see how much people on Medicare are really spending, click the picture below and explore AARP’s Public Policy Interactive Storybook on Medicare. For further assistance, contact The Idaho Department of Insurance’s Senior Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA). SHIBA is available to help consumers understand their options. SHIBA is a federally-funded program that offers free, unbiased counseling …

— By Danica Lucker Tim Trumbo remembers being required to take a driver safety class back in 1970 when he was in the U.S. Navy. “They made everyone do it because accidents cost the military too much in money and personnel,” he recalled. Trumbo, 70, of Denver, learned a lot back then, but he learned still more when he attended an AARP Smart Driver class. “The instructor showed us how to adjust your side mirror better to avoid blind spots,” he …