— In closely watched race, Democratic candidate has the preference of key voter group. AARP Virginia released a poll Tuesday, October 9, 2018, taken of voters ages 50 and older in the state’s 10th Congressional District (CD-10), which is one of the most heavily scrutinized races in the country. The survey found that this group of voters will make their election choices driven by concerns about health care costs and financial security, as well as by a strong sense of unhappiness …

— #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 …

— 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 …

— Recently, there has be an uptick in reports of scam calls claiming to be from the Social Security Administration. During these calls the scammer tells their potential victim that they will not be receiving their Social Security check because they have been “blacklisted” or they are in trouble with the authorities. We believe one of the reasons these calls have “bubbled up” might be because people are aware of the IRS scam and scammers are looking for a different way …

— 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 …

— By Aliya S. King Walter “Chuck” Johnson, of West Orange, knows just how much is at stake for him in the Nov. 6 elections. He lives in New Jersey’s 11th Congressional District, which could help decide what party controls the U.S. House next year. And as a recently retired corrections officer with aging parents, he sees how the election outcome could affect his life. “I’m beginning to have conversations with my parents about long-term care, and I want to be …

— About 40,000 taxpayers who rely on Social Security will no longer pay state taxes on those benefits, thanks to the advocacy of AARP and its volunteers. AARP Vermont launched a campaign to provide recipients with overdue tax relief on these retirement benefits. Effective this tax year, single filers with up to $45,000 in adjusted gross income and couples earning up to $60,000 are exempt from state taxes on Social Security benefits.  

— Be on the lookout for scammers and fraudsters. DENVER (Sept. 27, 2018) – New Medicare cards have finally started to mail to Colorado’s Medicare beneficiaries. That’s good news, but the Colorado Division of Insurance (DOI), the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) and the Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP), all part of  the Department of Regulatory Agencies, caution that scammers and fraudsters are using this to take advantage of unsuspecting seniors. “‘New card, same guard’ is what we’re telling people,” said Kimberly Latta, …

—                                 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 …

— Results of Senate Matchup to be Released on Sept. 19 INDIANAPOLIS – With 50 days to go before the midterm elections, the vast majority of Hoosier voters age 50 and over are concerned about Social Security and health care according to a newly released AARP poll. The survey is part of AARP’s “Be the Difference. Vote” campaign and continues AARP’s long tradition of nonpartisan voter engagement. A strong majority of Indiana’s 50-plus voters indicated candidates’ positions on strengthening and reforming …