— By Melissa Preddy Healthy Michigan, hailed as one of the nation’s most innovative efforts to expand Medicaid, is proving to be a lifeline for lower-income workers while improving the economy, according to state officials and researchers. Designed by lawmakers, industry leaders and consumer advocates, Healthy Michigan is paid for by Medicaid funds under the Affordable Care Act. Michigan is one of 31 states that accepted federal funds to provide lower-income residents with health care. AARP Michigan strongly backed the decision. …

— Greg Glischinski doesn’t shy away from controversy. In fact, he is known as an ardent supporter, if not a rip-off-his-blazer defender of AARP. In a stuffy, crowded legislative committee room in 2015, a woman walked by Glischinski, a long-time AARP Colorado advocacy volunteer, and sneered at his AARP name tag, making a snarky comment under her breath. “She didn’t know who she was messing with,” said Kelli Fritts, AARP Colorado advocacy director. Greg said, “Excuse me, what did you say?” 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 …

— By Danica Lucker Shirley Leow’s experience as a former pharmaceutical researcher and biotech executive comes in handy when she advocates before the state General Assembly for affordable health care and keeping rural hospitals alive. “I earned a decent living, which provided for my retirement, but that’s not the case for many people,” Leow said. “I have many female friends, for example, who are widows and are struggling. That’s why I got involved with AARP.” Leow, 65, of Lakewood, leads AARP …

— Melinda Dunn of Sugar Land is battling a cancer that has spread from her lungs into her spine. Right now, private insurance is covering her treatment, but she fears that changes in federal health laws could limit her coverage. “That worry is a horrible feeling when you’re trying to stay healthy but you’re sick, and you’re trying not to worry about money,” says Dunn. “It’s just right there in the front of your mind. You go, is this worth it?” …

— WASHINGTON, D.C.—In response to today’s U.S. Senate vote on the motion to proceed to consider a health care bill that would cut Medicare and Medicaid and impose an Age Tax on older Americans, AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond released the following statement: “AARP is disheartened that a majority of Senators voted to move forward on a bill that would devastate millions of Americans. Today’s vote means the Senate is one step closer to passing legislation that will price gouge …

— DEFEATED SENATE HEALTH CARE BILL WAS UNFAIR AND UNAFFORDABLE FOR MAINERS AARP Maine was opposed to this deeply flawed legislation after analysis showed that it would have a disastrous impact on Mainers 50 and older.  During the crucial weeks of June and July, when a vote was imminent and the pressure on Senators across the country was mounting, volunteers, staff and local residents met with both Senator Collins and Senator King to express our concerns.  AARP Maine urged both Senators …

— AARP Wisconsin conveyed a message to legislators at budget hearings this spring: The state could save money and help more older people live at home by investing moderate amounts in services for the aging and support for family caregivers. The idea is to reduce reliance on more expensive programs, such as Medicaid-funded nursing home care. AARP Wisconsin calls the potential savings the Silver Dividend. Far from being a liability, the state’s older population can benefit society—if lawmakers use the tax …

—   AARP Maine’s Live Tele-Town Hall with US Senator Angus King on Health Care Reveals Senate Bill’s Impact for Mainers 50+   Ten Thousand AARP Members Participate, Deep Concerns Raised   PORTLAND: Tonight, US Senator Angus King participated in a live AARP Maine-sponsored tele-town hall. The discussion focused on the newly-released Senate health care bill (The Better Care Reconciliation Act) and the impact the legislation could have on Mainers 50+.  Ten thousand AARP members from across the state joined the …

— State Underfunds Cost-Effective Non-Medicaid In-Home Services for Elderly ALBANY, N.Y. – While New York is doing a better job meeting the long-term care needs of seniors and adults with physical disabilities according to a new Long-Term Services and Supports State Scorecard, the Empire State needs to do more if it is to be among the nation’s top performers. The 2017 Scorecard compiled by AARP, The Commonwealth Fund and The SCAN Foundation credited New York and Tennessee with the greatest overall …