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Federal Judge Strikes Down Wisconsin Voter ID Law

Posted on 04/30/2014 by |Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsA federal judge in Milwaukee has struck down Wisconsin’s voter ID law, holding that it unconstitutionally discriminates against low-income and minority voters, who are less likely to have photo IDs or the documents needed to obtain them. U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman’s decision comes less than a week after a state judge declared a new Arkansas law requiring voters to show government- or college-issued photo IDs for their ballots to count to be “void and unenforceable.” (Days later, the Arkansas …

The Cost of Not Expanding Medicaid

Posted on 03/7/2014 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsStates have divided almost evenly on whether to expand Medicaid to millions more low-income Americans, many of them uninsured. Many Republican governors or state legislatures have rejected expansion, saying that although the federal government will pick up most of the tab now, states could be left on the hook in the future. Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter And although expansion aims for low-income people, “you’re expanding coverage for graduate students and Starbucks baristas,” says Edmund Haislmaier, senior research fellow at the Heritage …

Affordable Housing for LGBT Older Adults on the Rise

Posted on 01/14/2014 by |Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingUntil recently, if you were older, gay, and low-income, finding housing would have proven elusive. That is beginning to change. This month, a six-story affordable housing apartment building for gay, lesbian and transgendered adults over age 62 has opened in downtown Philadelphia. It offers heath services and events under its roof to residents who live in the 56 one-bedroom units. The John C. Anderson Apartments, as it is known, is part of a growing trend of similar LGBT senior housing …

Not Enough Households Staying Warm With LIHEAP

Posted on 11/21/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Public Policy InstituteLow-income households often face challenges in keeping pace with rising energy costs. A recent study shows that despite federal assistance amounting to $3.4 billion, in the winter of 2011-12 low-income households were left struggling to pay $35.1 billion in energy costs. The federal government helps eligible low-income households maintain adequate energy mainly through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). LIHEAP serves to protect eligible families by helping keep their homes warm during winter and cool during summer. Although …

Helping the Unemployed Recover After the End of the Space Shuttle Program

Posted on 05/15/2012 by |Volunteering | Comments

WorkThis is a guest post by Dan Kulpinski. Kulpinski is a web writer and producer for the AARP Foundation. Space Shuttle Discovery piggybacked a ride over Washington, D.C., April 17, drawing many oohs and ahhs and prompting many folks here at AARP headquarters to go up to the roof or down to the National Mall to see the spectacle. The event reminded us that the shuttle era is over, but in Brevard County, Florida – home to the Kennedy Space …

Making Food A Mission

Posted on 04/19/2011 by |Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringAre you a foodie? Do you know a foodie? This is a word, thanks to two of my colleagues, Tammy and Alejandra that I’m learning more about. They like to try new restaurants, unique recipes and shop for fresh food at their local farmers’ markets. I’m intrigued and inspired by their blog posts, photos and their love of food, because, well, I enjoy eating it – although I am starting to branch out and try new restaurants. So while searching for …