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Jim Flaherty


Jim is the communications director of AARP Wisconsin.

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WI Caregivers Provide $7 Billion in Unpaid Care

Posted on 07/16/2015 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

The real heroes across Wisconsin are not making headlines for athletic achievements or political accomplishments. They’re family members who work behind the scenes to provide uncompensated in-home care for loved ones. The goal of these caregivers is to allow family members to remain living independently and with dignity in their own homes as long as possible. All of our AARP studies show people prefer this type of care over moving into a nursing home or other high-cost institution. But this work …

Catch up with AARP on Listening Post Tour

Posted on 07/9/2015 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

If you live in or within a short driving distance of five Wisconsin communities – including Tomah, Black River Falls, River Falls, Platteville, or Dodgeville – then we encourage you to stop by and visit us during our traveling “Listening Post Tour” in late July and early August. We’re inviting AARP members and all residents of these communities and the surrounding areas to learn more about our organization and tell us what they would do to make their communities even …

Seniors’ Voices Heard, But Concerns Remain

Posted on 07/6/2015 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Over the past few months, as the state’s Joint Finance Committee (JFC) has been listening to public comments and making changes to Govenor Walker’s proposed 2015-17 state budget, AARP Wisconsin’s top priorties have been to protect SeniorCare and Family Care from major overhauls. We have achieved many of our goals through a steady and consistent multi-pronged drumbeat of communications between our members and state legislators. Members of the JFC listened intently to our concerns and made improvements to the governor’s budget proposals. While …

Thinking of Starting a New Business After 50?

Posted on 06/9/2015 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

If you’ve ever thought of starting a new small business or expanding an existing one after age 50, you are not alone. In fact, about 13 percent of current wage and salary workers say they plan to start a new business once they retire, according to a recent AARP survey. But this process can be confusing, frustrating, risky and downright scary. Sometimes just trying to figure out how and where to get started is the biggest part of the battle. …

Help us Clear One Last SeniorCare Hurdle

Posted on 06/8/2015 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Thanks to incredible support from thousands of people all across the state, SeniorCare – Wisconsin’s popular and cost-efficient prescription drug assistance program – will continue unchanged in the 2015-17 state budget. This huge victory for Wisconsin seniors would never have happened without all the phone calls, emails, legislative visits, public testimony at budget hearings, and other efforts that Wisconsinites like you made over the past couple months to emphasize the critical importance of protecting SeniorCare from a proposed major overhaul. …

Press Your Legislators to Accept Medicaid Expansion

Posted on 05/8/2015 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Here’s what we can’t figure out. Our state legislators acknowledge they are facing some gigantic holes as they continue to create the next biennial state budget, and they just received word from the Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) that they won’t be able to fill those holes with new revenue growth, as they had hoped. At the same time, Wisconsin has a unique opportunity to bring in at least an additional $345 million of revenue into the state budget by accepting Medicaid …