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A recent survey says 16 percent of veterans have fallen victim to fraud, compared to 8 percent of non-veterans. (Taliesin/Morguefile)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Scams targeting veterans are on the increase, according to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, so postal inspectors are teaming up with AARP's Fraud Watch Network in a new campaign called "Operation Protect Veterans." Researchers surveyed vets and found that 80 percent

The Senate version of healthcare reform bill caps Medicaid spending, which would have dire health and financial consequences for millions in California. (cllarita/Morguefile)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Health advocates warn the Senate GOP bill to repeal and replace Obamacare would cause millions of Californians to lose their healthcare - by phasing out the Medicaid expansion and then capping the program altogether. The Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) lifts the go

In California 2.6 million people between 50 and 64 have a pre-existing condition and could see large cost increases under the A.H.C.A. (liljoel/Morguefile)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – On Wednesday dozens of senior advocates from AARP, including a sizable delegation from California, will fan out across Washington to talk to their representatives about opposing the GOP health care bill. The House version of the American Health Care Act includes a so-cal

Large foundations are being urged to do their part to amplify citizens' voices in the health care debate. (Goir/iStockphoto)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Leading experts on philanthropy are urging big foundations to get off the sidelines of the health care debate. They're calling for amplified voices to address the deep Medicaid cuts in President Trump's new budget proposal and the American Health Care Act. A policy brief from

Senior groups are slamming a proposal to allow health insurance companies to charge older Americans significantly more than under the Affordable Care Act. (liljoel/Morguefile)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Advocates for older Americans are criticizing a bill in the House of Representatives that would raise the amount insurance companies can charge seniors. Under the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies only could charge seniors three times what younger adults pay. Bu

A bill coming up for a vote in the U.S. Senate would endanger state-sponsored retirement savings plans for workers. (S-C-S/iStockphoto)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Advocates for working families are fighting to keep a proposed state-sponsored retirement savings program called Secure Choice, even as some in Congress are trying to undermine this type of plan. The U.S. Senate is expected to vote soon on a bill to reverse Labor Department rul

The AARP Foundation's Tax-Aide program has more than 400 locations in California offering free income-tax filing services. (AARP)

LOS ANGELES – Tax season is well underway; the deadline is April 18. Tax time can mean loads of stress, especially because the U.S. Tax Code has become increasingly complicated. But Nancy McPherson, state director for AARP California, says the AARP Foundation's Tax-Aide program aims to allev

PASADENA, Calif. — Rep. Tom Price begins his first full week as secretary of Health and Human Services today, and Medicare advocates say they will continue to push Congress and the new administration to protect the program they call "crucial." Price, a Georgia Republican, came under fire from

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