— State lawmakers are considering a bill to create permanent Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) in Nebraska. These centers provide one-stop shopping for information about public and private resources that can help people who are 60-plus or who have disabilities continue to live in their homes and communities. ADRCs help control long-term care costs by referring people to appropriate services.  A pilot program has funded three ADRCs across the state since 2015, but funding for that program is set to …

—   How Does the New Tax Reform Law Affect YOU?   Join AARP Maryland volunteer Ted Meyerson as he discusses key points around tax reform and how older adults will be affected. Seating is limited. Registration is required! Click here to register.    

4 States

— Week 2 of the 2017 South Dakota legislative session is in the books and AARP South Dakota advocates have already been busy! On Tuesday, AARP South Dakota testified in favor of Senate Bill (SB) 62 which requires timely notification when there is a breach of certain data. This bill is being brought by South Dakota Attorney General, Marty Jackley. Under the proposed legislation, upon discovery of a breach of a system security, the information holder must disclose the breach to any …

— By Cathleen MacCaul, Advocacy Director, AARP Washington This session the House and Senate both have slim Democratic majorities in Olympia, changing committee leadership and impacting the kinds of bills that move forward. There are many challenges facing lawmakers including large investments in school funding, along with increased spending for housing and mental health.  Additionally, the state may have to quickly respond to federal decisions impacting health programs under the Affordable Care Act like continued funding for CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance …

— RICHMOND _   AARP volunteers head to the Virginia General Assembly on Wednesday to ask legislators to improve programs that help Virginians who need health care coverage and those in long-term care facilities, as well as to create a program to help workers save for retirement.   With more than 1.1 million members in Virginia, AARP is the largest organization working on behalf of people age 50+ in the Commonwealth.  In recent years, AARP Virginia has successfully fought for protections for …

— Dorothy Arriola Colby knows the challenges that about 154,000 family caregivers in Hawaii face daily. A dementia care specialist and caregiving trainer, Colby will share her expertise with these unpaid heroes at two free conferences this month on Oahu and the Big Island of Hawaii. Family members who help loved ones continue to live at home can become isolated and frustrated. The conferences will offer support to show they are not alone. In addition to workshops and an information fair, …

North Dakota State Capitol

— AARP Legislative Volunteers Make a Difference for North Dakotans We’re providing this site to help you stay connected with our advocacy work and to provide you with the resources you need when you want to write a letter, make a phone call, visit with a legislator or testify in front of a committee. We want to make the advocacy experience as easy and effective as possible, so if you need any assistance you can’t find here please contact Mike Chaussee, …

— AARP Wisconsin supports a pending bill in the Wisconsin State Legislature, called the Caregiver Tax Credit. The bill would create an income tax credit that reimburses family caregivers for 50% of their annual caregiving costs up to $1,000. For us here at AARP, this bill is personal, and if passed, will undoubtedly have a lasting impact on the financial wellbeing of caregivers across the state. My name is Ryan, and I am an intern with AARP Wisconsin. This is my …

— AARP South Dakota is encouraging members who care about health care, financial security, caregiving and other hot-button issues to become e-activists. AARP South Dakota sends emails to e-activists when legislation on key issues is winding its way through Pierre or Washington. The emails explain how to get in touch with lawmakers and suggest a meaningful response. The state’s next legislative session begins Jan. 9. To get involved, call 866-542-8172 toll-free or send an email to sdaarp@aarp.org.

— #SaveMyCare DAY OF ACTION ALERT THE TIME IS NOW TO FIGHT BACK AGAINST ACTION BY CONGRESS TO PASS A BAD HEALTH CARE BILL!   WHAT: A day of action to contact your Senators and Representatives and let them know how important quality, affordable care is to you, your family and your friends.   WHY: People’s health and lives are at stake! When the delegation returns to Washington in a couple weeks, it’s likely they will try to pass healthcare reform …