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We applaud Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee for signing legislation to make it easier for workers to save for retirement out of their paychecks.

The AARP-backed law will create a state-facilitated automatic IRA program known as Washington Saves. The law is expected to benefit roughly 1.2 million Washingtonians who currently don’t have access to a retirement savings plan, such as a 401(k), through their employer.

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AARP is collaborating with The DAISY Foundation to encourage caregivers and others to show gratitude for the nurses in their lives — an effort we hope will boost job satisfaction and keep more nurses from leaving the profession.

The nation’s 4 million nurses are the largest part of the health care workforce. Yet more than 100,000 registered nurses left the profession during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nearly 900,000 — about a fifth of all registered nurses in the country — intend to leave by 2027, according to a 2022 National Nursing Workforce survey.

By helping nurses feel appreciated and valued, AARP hopes to reverse those statistics, so Americans can continue to “get the care they need when they need it,” said Susan Reinhard, senior vice president and director of AARP Public Policy Institute, who is also a registered nurse.

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AARP is backing legislation that would help states train and recruit law students to represent adults facing guardianship proceedings in court.

More than 1.3 million adults in the U.S. are living under court-ordered guardianship because they are unable to manage their own affairs. These adults may lose the ability to make decisions about where to live, how to spend their money or how to treat an illness. They may even lose their right to get married or vote.

Because so much is at stake, AARP is endorsing the Guardianship Grant Flexibility Act, sponsored by U.S. Sens. Mike Braun (R-Indiana) and Bob Casey (D-Pennsylvania).

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Most Oregon residents with diabetes will see lower out-of-pocket costs for insulin next year, under a state law signed by Gov. Tina Kotek and supported by AARP.

The law, which takes effect Jan. 1, requires state-regulated insurance companies to cap the cost of insulin, which regulates blood sugar, at $35 a month, or $105 for a 90-day supply. Oregon had previously capped insulin costs at $75 and $225, respectively. Under the new law, insurance companies will no longer be allowed to raise the limit with inflation.

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Oklahomans will soon pay less in taxes at the grocery store, thanks to a new AARP-backed law.

AARP applauds state legislators and Gov. Kevin Stitt for eliminating the 4.5 percent state sales tax on most groceries. The bill, which passed with overwhelming bipartisan support, is expected to take effect in late August.

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Imagine losing your life savings in a scam, then finding out you owe a huge tax bill on the losses. That’s the devastating reality for far too many fraud victims — and something AARP is fighting to change.

If someone withdraws money from a tax-preferred account, such as a 401(k) plan, the withdrawals are taxed as income even if those funds are transferred to a bogus investment platform or given to a criminal.

We wrote to federal lawmakers this month in support of the bipartisan Casualty Loss Deduction Restoration Act. The legislation, introduced in the U.S. House and Senate, would reinstate the casualty loss deduction, which allows taxpayers to deduct losses from unexpected disasters or theft, including fraud.

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Makers of medical devices such as insulin pumps and glucose monitors would need to make them accessible for people who are blind or visually impaired, under legislation endorsed by AARP.

We wrote to federal lawmakers March 15 in support of the Medical Device Nonvisual Accessibility Act of 2024. The bill would require the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to develop rules to ensure devices with digital readouts include accessibility features for the blind and visually impaired.

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The Invisible Shield, a new documentary airing on PBS next week, celebrates the often unseen work of health departments and others in the public health sector and their critical role in keeping us safe from disease.

The four-part series, funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies and produced by RadicalMedia, was partially filmed in Washington state, which had the first documented case of COVID-19 in the U.S.

The documentary fits with AARP’s work to enhance quality of life as people age, said Marguerite Ro, state director for AARP Washington.

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