— by Ken Helander, AARP Alaska Federal Advocacy AARP has been working hard through the constant stream of Congressional issues that would affect our members.  Of current concern are potential cuts to Medicare services, including placing caps on therapy services (physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy) which could be quickly exceeded by a person with chronic needs or extensive post-surgery rehab.  AARP opposes these caps that could significantly increase a Medicare beneficiary’s out of pocket expenses. State Advocacy AARP Alaska supports SB …

— By Jill Gambon During her 35 years working for the Social Security Administration, Louise Myers witnessed the impact the program has had on people’s lives. As a retiree, Myers wants to make sure Social Security remains intact. That’s one reason she’s a volunteer advocate with AARP Massachusetts. “I am a firm believer in keeping Social Security protected,” said Myers, of North Chelmsford. “I saw that my voice could be heard through AARP advocacy work.” Myers is one of about a …

— AARP opposes tax bill because of negative impact on older adults WASHINGTON, DC — On December 18, 2017, AARP sent a letter to all members of the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives raising its concerns with significant shortcomings in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act as well as highlighting some important provisions for older Americans. The full text of the letter to the Congressional Leadership is below: Dear Senator/Representative: On behalf of our members and all Americans …

— AARP Iowa and experts from the Iowa Insurance Division’s Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) held a live Telephone Townhall event on Thursday, Dec. 7, and discussed new Medicare cards, options you have if your drug plan is not working, and other changes to Medicare in 2018. To view the program in its entirety, please visit https://vekeo.com/event/aarpiowa-35883/ AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable …

— December 8, 2017 2018 Cuts Would Reduce Access to Health Care   WASHINGTON, DC — On December 7, 2017 AARP sent a letter to Congressional leadership urging Congress to prevent $25 billion in automatic cuts to Medicare in 2018 that would result from the enactment of H.R. 1 and its $1.5 trillion deficit increase since it “would have an immediate and lasting impact, including fewer providers participating in Medicare and reduced access to care for Medicare beneficiaries.” The full text of …

— 2018 Cuts to Medicare Would Reduce Access to Health Care   WASHINGTON, DC — AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins sent a letter to Congressional leadership yesterday urging Congress to prevent $25 billion in automatic cuts to Medicare in 2018 that would result from the enactment of H.R. 1 and its $1.5 trillion deficit increase since it “would have an immediate and lasting impact, including fewer providers participating in Medicare and reduced access to care for Medicare beneficiaries.” Read the full text …

— Greetings from AARP Maine! As 2017 comes to a close, I am happy to share our latest member newsletter with you. It has been quite a year for AARP in Maine! Our team of staff and volunteers worked tirelessly all year to protect programs that impact Mainers 50+ at the federal level and you can count on us to fight hard on these issues in 2018. Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, a proposed health tax and age tax have all been …

— By Michelle R. Davis During his career as a journalist, Jim Gutman had to keep his opinions to himself. As the vice president and managing editor at a health care news publishing company, he needed to remain objective, staying outside the fray of politics. But when he retired in 2016, he could move from observer to participant. Gutman said he had long admired AARP, after watching the group’s lobbying efforts concerning Medicare Part D. “Once I retired, I wanted to …

— Millions of Older Americans Would See Tax Hikes or No Tax Relief, Millions More May See Their Health Care Premiums Rise November 30, 2017 WASHINGTON, DC—AARP today sent a letter to the U.S. Senate expressing concerns about tens of billions of dollars in potential cuts to Medicare next year alone, as well as potential tax increases or little or no tax relief for older Americans. The full text of the letter to the Senate is below:   Dear Senator: On behalf of …