Monday, December 4, 2017

AARP Alaska Advocacy Update for December 4

Federal Advocacy
  • (AARP VP Nancy LeaMond) Making good on their promise to move quickly, the Senate Republican leadership brought their bill to the Senate floor and secured final passage last week.  AARP could not support the bill because, among other problems, it would trigger billions in cuts to Medicare and cause insurance premiums to increase by repealing the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate. The bill’s overall tax impact on older Americans is likely a mixed bag.  AARP's Government Affairs and Policy are taking a close look at the final version which was crafted on Friday, just hours before the vote.  (Earlier in the week, AARP sent a letter to the Hill outlining concerns with the bill voted out of committee including the analysis that millions of Americans 65+ would see their taxes stay the same or go UP.)  On the positive side, the Senate-passed bill leaves the medical expense deduction in place and it also restores the 7.5% income threshold for older tax filers taking this deduction. The bill now moves to a reconciliation process with the House of Representatives. 
State Advocacy
  • Family Caregiving: Coping With Grief.   December 7 from 10am to 11am, join AARP Alaska online and via telephone to discuss coping with grief. Special guest Bianca Rauch, chaplain with Providence Hospice, will discuss the universal reaction to loss with emphasis on what it means for caregivers: loss of control, seeing a loved one decline (and die), social isolation. Is what we feel normal? How do we get through it? Let's talk about what grief looks like and how to take the journey with resilience and hope. This event is both a Facebook Live broadcast on the AARP Alaska Facebook page, and a tele-town hall. Register for the tele-town hall at
Local Advocacy
  • Nothing to report this week.
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