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6 Things to Watch in Congress

Posted on 01/8/2014 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsMembers of Congress are back in Washington with an agenda full of items important to older Americans. Here’s a rundown: Debt ceiling and federal budget. Two deadlines loom here. The federal government will run out of borrowing authority if Congress doesn’t raise the debt ceiling by Feb. 7. Although Capitol Hill lawmakers negotiated a budget deal in December that set overall spending, they must pass a bill with more specifics by Jan. 15. Each time budget deadlines hit, some lawmakers …

States Step Up for Retirement Security

Posted on 07/16/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsAre you saving (enough) for retirement? The numbers paint a worrisome picture – for Americans, our families and the nation. Three-quarters of Americans age 55-64 had less than $30,000 in their retirement accounts as of 2010. And, more than 70 million American workers do not have any type of employer-sponsored retirement plan. Clearly, we need some help to get on the road to retirement savings – and more effective ways to save money for our future. This is where the …

5 Reasons to Care About Medicaid Expansion

Posted on 05/15/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsNine states have passed Medicaid expansion this year, with another 15 on the brink of extending health coverage to more hard-working citizens. Why is Medicaid expansion, which would extend Medicaid health coverage to people who earn about $15,000 a year (138% of the federal poverty level), so important? Here are the top 5 reasons: 1. 50- to 64-year olds: Medicaid expansion will provide health care coverage to tens of thousands of hard-working Americans between the ages of 50 to 64. Many …

Janis Joplin – Alive, Well and Performing Nightly in D.C.

Posted on 10/17/2012 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

EntertainmentWell, OK – it’s not really Janis. But Mary Bridget Davies is putting on a helluva show every night at Washington’s Arena Stage in One Night with Janis Joplin, giving those who saw the real thing — and those who are far too young — a chance to hang out with a legend. The show is more like a concert, with few bits of tension and little dramatic development. The demons that killed the singer in 1970 at age 27 …

As Social Security Turns 77, What Do You Have to Say About It?

Posted on 08/14/2012 by |Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin Today“With fewer jobs offering pensions and people struggling to save for retirement, Social Security will be even more important for younger generations,” said AARP President Rob Romasco, noting that more than one in three working households age 21 to 64 has no individual savings set aside for retirement. This week marks the 77th anniversary of Social Security, and AARP is using the opportunity to encourage discussion about the program’s future. Romasco will host a live web chat at 12:30 p.m. today to answer questions about Social Security and various proposals to preserve it.

Your Life Calling: Behind the Scenes on the Pacific Coast

Posted on 08/9/2011 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

WorkThe following is a guest post from Kim Sedmak. (Dispatches from Boston here, Yellowstone here.)  We’ve been on the road again – this time on a very large ferry boat to Bainbridge Island, WA, just a 35-minute ride from downtown Seattle. This is where Jane Pauley interviewed Gifford and Libba Pinchot, the founders of the Bainbridge Graduate Institute (BGI) for AARP’s TODAY SHOW series “Your Life Calling.” Ten years ago at age 58, this dynamic duo decided to do “one …