— #BeTheDifference This year’s elections are some of the most important of our lifetimes. Why? Because Medicare, Social Security, healthcare and other critical issues are on the line. Help us send a strong message to candidates and politicians this election.  Make a pledge to VOTE. AARP’s Be The Difference. Vote. campaign encourages all Mainers to make their voices heard.  What are the issues of concern to you and to your family?  Every vote counts, and together, Mainers can hold politicians accountable regarding …

— Por Cristina Rouvalis En las elecciones para gobernador del 6 de noviembre, el actual gobernador Tom Wolf (demócrata), de 69 años, y el exsenador estatal Scott Wagner (republicano), de 63 años, están haciendo campaña desde perspectivas completamente diferentes sobre temas que afectan a los adultos mayores, como el cuidado de la salud, los planes de ahorro para la jubilación, el impuesto sobre la propiedad y Medicaid. Cuidado de la salud Wolf destaca su éxito con el lanzamiento de Community HealthChoices …

— By Effie Dawson When David Conway goes to the polls Nov. 6, he will vote for candidates committed to controlling health care costs. Conway, 64, of Columbia, retired last year after 42 years selling medical devices, and now volunteers with AARP on legislative issues. His career made him keenly aware of how expensive health care is and convinced him that affordable health care is at risk in Washington. Conway’s priorities mirror those of more than 3,400 state residents 50 and …

— On Nov. 6 voters can ensure funding of health care and long-term care services that would allow thousands of people to age in their homes. Money to pay for the Healthy Montana Initiative (I-185) would be raised by taxing tobacco an additional $2 a pack. AARP Montana backs the ballot measure, and early voting has started. As federal money to expand Medicaid decreases and the state’s responsibility grows, the measure seeks funding to keep about 100,000 Montanans from losing their …

— By Linda H. Lamb Gov. Henry D. McMaster and state Rep. James E. Smith Jr., both born in Columbia but 20 years apart, took different paths to the Nov. 6 governor’s race. Republican McMaster, 71, a lawyer, served as attorney general and, as lieutenant governor, head of the state Office on Aging. Democrat Smith, 51, a lawyer and state representative, served in the military and was awarded a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. While the legislature is the dominant …

— State voters will decide Nov. 6 whether to extend health coverage to some 150,000 low-income residents by expanding Medicaid to people who exceed the current financial eligibility bar. AARP Utah has been pursuing the expansion in the legislature for several years, as the state leaves federal dollars on the table—$800 million a year—that would broaden the health coverage program. The Utah Decides Healthcare coalition, which includes AARP, helped qualify Proposition 3 for the ballot and strongly backs the measure. In …

—                                 By Effie Dawson When David Conway goes to the polls Nov. 6, he will vote for candidates committed to controlling health care costs. Conway, 64, of Columbia, retired last year after 42 years selling medical devices, and now volunteers with AARP on legislative issues. His career made him keenly aware of how expensive health care is and convinced him that affordable health care is …

— By Hollie Deese On Nov. 6, Tennessee voters will choose a new U.S. senator in the race between former Gov. Phil Bredesen (D), 74, and U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R), 66. Issues such as Social Security, Medicare, prescription drug costs and Medicaid will become even more critical as the state’s demographics skew older, said AARP Tennessee Director Rebecca Kelly. “By 2030 our 65-plus population will double. These are complex, difficult issues, but we must address them before the population shifts.” …

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— In the 2016 Presidential election, 382,606 Granite Staters  over 50+ voted.   In the 2014 mid-term election, 337,472 turned out.  Meet the state’s largest and most reliable voting bloc.  Just over 500,000 people over 50 years old call New Hampshire home, some 230,000 of whom we are honored to call AARP members.  It’s time for this bloc, like prior generations, to begin repairing broken government at the voting booth. Campaign insults and barbs provide ready ingredients for spirited in-person and online …

— The 2018 midterm elections will be among the most historic elections in a generation.  We need to make sure our elected officials prioritize issues that are important to people as they age.  We need to make sure our voices our heard! That is why AARP New Hampshire is hosting a First Congressional District Candidate Forum on October 18 at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics.  Find out where the candidates stand on important issues such as Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid …