AARP South Dakota

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2014 Long Term Care Scorecard

Posted on 06/30/2014 by | AARP South Dakota | Comments

In June, AARP released a state-by-state Long-Term Services and Supports Scorecard.  This is a follow-up to the initial scorecard AARP release in 2011.  South Dakota’s ranking was slightly higher than the previous scorecard and does a good job of details our state’s strengths and challenges.  Not surprisingly, South Dakota ranks very high in Quality of Life and Quality of Care.  Specifically, the percent of adults with disabilities in the community are satisfied or very satisfied with life.  South Dakota’s rate of employment …

Making South Dakota Healthy

Posted on 05/19/2014 by | AARP South Dakota | Comments

On May 13, AARP South Dakota sponsored the spring Healthy South Dakota stakeholders meeting.  We are pleased to support an organization that focuses on healthy nutrition and physical activity for all South Dakotans. The spring meeting started with a presentation from Sanford officials and their fitCare program.  There are so many options available to kids, seniors and adults to track their physical activity.  AARP South Dakota appreciates the efforts of all our health partners in South Dakota to tackle these …

AARP SD working on transportation issues

Posted on 04/8/2014 by | AARP South Dakota | Comments

AARP South Dakota is continuing to work on transportation issues for seniors in Sioux Falls and all of South Dakota. AARP South Dakota continues to serve on the Sioux Falls Transit Task Force.  As this year long work group nears the end of its work, there has been a lot of progress made on education programs regarding Fixed-Route Service in Sioux Falls, reducing the reliance on paratransit ridership and improving coordination among non-profits in Sioux Falls that offer transportation services. …

AARP SD 2014 Legislative Session Wrap-Up

Posted on 03/18/2014 by | AARP South Dakota | Comments

AARP South Dakota Legislative Wrap-Up 2014 South Dakota Legislative Session The main run of the 2014 South Dakota Legislative Session has ended and here are some of the issues AARP South Dakota worked on during the session that impacts the 50+ population in South Dakota. Consumer Protection AARP SD supported consumer protection bills brought by the SD Division of Insurance and SD Attorney General.  The Attorney General (AG) provisions addressed consumer protection laws that had not been updated since their …

AARP South Dakota Week 8 Legislative Update

Posted on 03/7/2014 by | AARP South Dakota | Comments

The 2014 South Dakota legislative session is winding down but there are still a number of issues AARP South Dakota is working on for you. Consumer protection legislation continues make its way through this legislative session.  With AARP South Dakota’s support, House Bill (HB) 1054 has passed the Senate and the House of Representatives and is on its way to Governor Daugaard for his signature.  HB 1054 is part of a series of bills to come from the South Dakota …

AARP SD Week 6 Legislative Update

Posted on 02/21/2014 by | AARP South Dakota | Comments

  Week 6 of the 2014 South Dakota legislative session dealt with Medicaid Expansion bills. House Bill (HB) 1210 went before the House State Affairs committee on Wednesday afternoon and AARP South Dakota testified in favor of it.  HB 1210 expanded Medicaid to 138% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) and AARP South Dakota supports full expansion of Medicaid to our low-income, hardworking South Dakotans.  With full Medicaid expansion, 12,000 South Dakotans age 45-64 would have access to health insurance …