AARP Texas

Kim Loop

Biography:

Texas born and raised, Kim has worked with AARP since 2008. She’s a recovering journalism student, a bit of a policy nerd, a foodie groupie and a wannabe runner… And here she’ll be keeping you up to date on what the AARP team is up to in the Lone Star State.

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Legislative Session Mostly Positive for Older Texans

Posted on 06/11/2015 by | AARP Texas | Comments

The recently completed 2015 Texas legislative session posted significant gains for older Texans in key areas including increased spending for home- and community-based care programs, consumer protections against surprise medical billing, and progress on a consumer and homeowner issues for middle class Texans, AARP Texas Director Bob Jackson said. But in the waning moments of the session, the Legislature failed to pass the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services’ sunset legislation to protect hundreds of thousands of Texans residing …

Are You Prepared for Hurricane Season?

Posted on 05/21/2015 by | AARP Texas | Comments

“Past performance is no indication of future results.” It’s a common adage to warn financial investors. But the saying may also be relevant to hurricanes and other natural disasters. A recent-years’ deficiency of significant hurricane activity in Texas and elsewhere doesn’t present any guarantees about the 2015 storm season. The U.S. hasn’t experienced the landfall of a Category 3 or larger hurricane in nine years (a stretch of hurricane inactivity that a new NASA study finds to be extraordinarily rare). …

Lending Reform Before the Texas House Monday

Posted on 05/15/2015 by | AARP Texas | Comments

Amendments designated “Key Votes” by AARP On Monday, Texas House members will have their first opportunity this session to go on the record to cast votes on meaningful payday lending reform. The House will consider SB 1282 by Senator Kevin Eltife (R-Tyler), a clean-up bill involving the regulatory authority of the Office of Consumer Credit Commissioner. The bill will serve as a vehicle for an amendment by Rep. Tom Craddick (R-Midland) that would bring borrower protections currently in place in …

Make Your City Age-Friendly

Posted on 05/1/2015 by | AARP Texas | Comments

All across Texas, we’re looking at things a little differently. We’re looking at sidewalks and parks and bus routes. We’re asking people what else we should look at. This is part of our focus on helping the biggest cities in Texas join AARP’s Network Age-Friendly Communities. Once they join, the work is just starting. Then we talk to locals and neighbors across the great cities, asking them what they want out of their city. We take this information and help …

Sept. 11: A Day of Service

Posted on 05/1/2015 by | AARP Texas | Comments

Each year, AARP volunteers and staff give back in a slightly different way. On Sept. 11, a nationwide day of service, we step out of our community events and away from our desks and choose a different place to serve. This year is no different. Across the state, we’re going to do something a little out of the ordinary–from walking dogs at animal shelters to serving meals to homebound seniors. Would you like to join us? If you’re a current …

New Texas Laws and You

Posted on 05/1/2015 by | AARP Texas | Comments

The 140-day Texas legislative session flew by–a blur of busyness. So too did this summer. Now, September is around the corner. With it’s arrival, many new laws go into effect. So what changes do you need to know about? Here are some of the changes that will most impact Texans age 50+ and their families: Surprise medical billing: Texas consumers have been being charged expensive, out-of-network fees for medical care they receive at in-network facilities. Among other measures, a new …