— New Governor addressed key challenges facing the state’s growing 50-plus population in his State of the State Address last night. LAS VEGAS, NV – Last night, new Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak gave his inaugural State of the State address in Carson City. As a non-partisan advocacy organization focused on the issues and concerns of Nevadans 50-plus, we listened with great interest as Governor Sisolak set his agenda for his administration and listened carefully for what it might mean for aging …

— AARP New Hampshire recently queried our corps of e-activists and asked them to rank several issues and tell us which issues mattered most to them, their families, and the 50+ in the Granite State. Thanks to all who responded!  Your feedback will help guide our legislative priorities for 2019 and the years to come.  (Want to start receiving our e-alerts and become an AARP activist?  Sign up today.) Here are the results of our non-scientific e-survey. Have your say on …

— When it comes to affording the medications our doctors prescribe, we all have heard about cost-cutting measures. Pill splitting, skipping doses, not filling prescriptions, and shopping through online pharmacies are all common practices. However, when it comes to health outcomes and fraud, many of these practices have some serious risks. Not taking medications as prescribed can lead to prolonged illness, relapses and even more medical costs. And according to the FDA, 97% of online pharmacies are illegitimate and unsafe. Even experts have difficulty identifying …

— AMERICANS 50-PLUS ARE THE NATION’S MOST POWERFUL VOTING BLOC. This election, Medicare, Social Security, support for family caregivers, and prescription drug costs are all on the line. AARP Maine is proud to co-sponsor televised debates* this fall.  Tune in to hear where the candidates stand on the issues you and your family care about. In addition, the debate on October 23rd in Bangor is open to the public to attend, but REGISTRATION is required due to space limitations.  Join us for …

— Retail prices for many of the most commonly-used brand name drugs by older adults rocketed upward by an average of 8.4 percent in 2017, outstripping the general inflation rate of 2.1 percent. The annual average cost of therapy for just one brand name drug increased to almost $6,800 in 2017. For more than a decade, brand name drug prices have exceeded the general inflation rate of other consumer goods by a factor of two-fold to more than 100-fold, according to …

—                                 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 …

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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 …

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— As the price of prescription drugs continues to rise, you might find yourself searching online for more affordable medications. Beware of bogus companies that take your money and never send you the product.  Or worse, they send you a product that could cause you harm. Also, be sure to read the fine print on prescription drug coupons you find online. You might discover your purchase won’t count toward your deductible, or that the coupon expires after a certain number of …

— At the AARP Oregon State Office we hear almost weekly from a member who can’t afford prescription drugs and has to make the hard choice to skip a medication dose or cut the pill in order to make ends meet. That’s why we were especially pleased to help pass legislation during Oregon’s short session that will make the cost of drugs more “transparent” in our state. This bill and several others passed through our advocacy efforts – and the help …

— With the 2018 legislative session under way, AARP Oklahoma is pressing for bills related to caregiving, prescription drugs and assisted living facilities. The state office’s legislative priorities include updating guardianship laws to help prevent elder abuse, improving access to health care by expanding the authority of advanced practice registered nurses, requiring assisted living facilities to maintain backup power sources, curbing the cost of prescription drugs and allowing employees to use paid family leave for caregiving. AARP Oklahoma is recruiting volunteers …