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Trump’s ‘Skinny’ budget is all bones

By Al Norman On March 16, President Donald Trump sent over his federal fiscal year 2018 Budget Blueprint to Congress. It was the president’s first budget, and there were no real surprises in it. It’s not really a budget at all; it’s more of a press release about what the president wants to see Congress […]

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Closing the ‘SNAP Gap’

By Mike Festa, State Director, AARP Massachusetts Seniors on fixed incomes often have to make difficult choices between heating their homes, paying for essential medications, or putting food on the table. Food assistance programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can provide seniors and their disabled family members with a monthly benefit to offset […]

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The health care nuclear option

By Al Norman Congress and the White House are poised to dismantle health care protections in our state that may take decades to repair. It’s a health care nuclear option. On Feb. 24, 22 advocacy groups (including Mass Home Care) sent the following letter to Governor Charlie Baker on the impending cuts to MassHealth: “Children, […]

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AARP Massachusetts working to protect Medicare

Despite President Donald Trump’s stated support for the program on the campaign trail, proposals on Capitol Hill to turn Medicare into a voucher system would take health care in precisely the wrong direction – pushing up costs for current and future retirees, and eroding protections that Americans have earned through many years of hard work and taxes.

AARP has launched a comprehensive campaign to protect Medicare in the face of proposals by some in Congress that would hurt hardworking Massachusetts residents who have paid into the program their entire working lives.

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AARP’s 2017 legislative priorities

By Mike Festa, State Director, AARP Massachusetts AARP is hard at work fighting for the interests of older adults across the country, including our renewed efforts to protect Medicare.  AARP Massachusetts is working on new legislation to prevent identity theft and to support family caregivers, and we are proud to announce two new bills submitted […]

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The State of the (elderly) Commonwealth

No governor since Mitt Romney in 2006 has mentioned “elders’ in their State of the Commonwealth speech. On Jan. 24, Gov. Charlie Baker made reference to a yet-to-be filed executive order that would focus on older adults—but the details of the order are not known. We applaud the governor for mentioning older adults in his speech, and we are prepared to work with him on his executive order. But there are major fears among the elderly that need to be addressed, in light of rhetoric coming out of Congress and the White House.

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