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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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Middle Name: Chocolate?

By Janice Lindsay Answer this question: In a parking lot, you stroll past a brand new Mercedes. Glancing in the passenger-side window, you see an open Hershey bar on the beige leather seat. The chocolate is melting in the sun, oozing onto the leather. Your first  thought is:  (a) How could someone be so careless […]

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Combating demographic deafness

By Al Norman Over a period of seven years, I criticized former Governor Deval Patrick for rarely mentioning the elderly in his annual State of the Commonwealth speeches. In 2013, I wrote: “This is the seventh year in a row that the elderly have been invisible to this administration. Not one word about older people.” […]

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Massachusetts Care Act becomes law

By Mike Festa, State Director, AARP Massachusetts AARP Massachusetts is thrilled to announce that the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act has been signed into law by Governor Charles Baker. AARP Massachusetts thanks Governor Baker and state lawmakers for enacting this important legislation to support family caregivers. The CARE Act, known in the Massachusetts Legislature […]

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