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Medicare Accepting Applications From Same-Sex Spouses

Posted on 04/4/2014 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsSpouses in same-sex marriages can now apply for Medicare benefits. The Social Security Administration, which is in charge of determining eligibility for Medicare, has begun working on requests for Part A and Part B coverage by spouses in same-sex marriages as well as requests for special enrollment and reductions in late-enrollment penalties. The Supreme Court’s ruling last year in United States v. Windsor invalidated the Defense of Marriage Act, which had prevented Medicare from allowing benefits for same-sex couples. The …

Supreme Court Voids Overall Campaign Donor Limits

Posted on 04/2/2014 by | General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsBy Mark Sherman, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court further loosened the reins on political giving Wednesday, ruling that big campaign donors can dole out money to as many candidates and political committees as they want as long as they abide by limits on contributions to each individual campaign. In a 5-4 vote won by conservative justices, the court struck down limits in federal law on the total amount of money a contributor can give to candidates, political …

Where AARP Stands on Chairman Ryan’s Budget Proposal

Posted on 04/2/2014 by | AARP Executive Vice President | Comments

PoliticsAs AARP reviews the details of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s fiscal year 2015 budget proposal, we encourage members of Congress to consider the impact on real people when looking for ways to address our nation’s financial challenges. Chairman Ryan’s proposed budget fails to address the high costs of health care and instead shifts costs onto seniors and future retirees. Repealing the benefits of the Affordable Care Act ignores the progress we’ve made to improve access to health care …

House GOP Plan Seeks Health Cuts to Balance Budget

Posted on 04/2/2014 by | General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsBy Andrew Taylor, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are pressing ahead with a slashing plan to try to balance the budget within 10 years, relying on big decreases in health care programs for the middle class and the poor, as well as tax increases and Medicare cuts engineered by President Obama. The GOP fiscal plan by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., promises $5.1 trillion in spending cuts — and unorthodox accounting incorporating the pro-growth effects of …

Our Silent Army of Family Caregivers

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsAs a caregiver who spent decades helping my Mom and Pop to live independently in their home, I understand what the compelling new report on military caregivers, released today, makes abundantly clear: Family caregivers who help our veterans need support — much like those of us who undertake the labor of love to assist our aging parents and other loved ones. While each caregiver’s experience is unique — whether we’re helping older adults, younger disabled Americans, our veterans — together, we …

Battleground States in the Fight for Medicaid Expansion

Posted on 03/31/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsA few days ago, the Maine legislature passed a bill — for the third time — that would expand affordable health coverage for nearly 70,000 residents who earn up to $15,000 a year. These hard-working Mainers — our friends, neighbors, even family — may have lost their jobs or are working in jobs that don’t offer health coverage. Gov. Paul LePage has already vetoed two similar bills to expand Medicaid, which would not only help the thousands of Mainers who …