Coalition for Health Care Access Supports HB 1415 and SB 681

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Diverse coalition of 20 organizations represents consumer, business and health care stakeholders A group of diverse organizations representing consumers and business, and a broad range of health care stakeholders have come together to form the Coalition for Health Care Access. This group of 20 business and consumer-advocacy groups, including AARP, Center for Public Policy Priorities, Texas Association of Business and the Texas Public Policy Foundation are supporting HB 1415 and SB 681, which will expand access to health care by …

Texas Nursing Facilities Found To Be Shamefully Poor in Quality

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Nursing homes in Texas are escaping accountability for hurting residents and jeopardizing their health, according to a new report by AARP Texas. The report, “Intolerable Care: A snapshot of the Texas nursing home quality crisis,” finds that the quality of roughly 1,200 nursing facilities where 93,000 Texans reside, is shamefully poor and worse than what exists in most other states. It identifies numerous, long-standing, and severe problems that can be rectified with stronger state enforcement powers. AARP Texas Director Bob …

Respite Care Takes A Hit Under Leaders’ Proposed Budgets

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The second week of the Texas legislative session saw the unveiling of dueling budget proposals from House and Senate leaders who are starting negotiations over state spending billions of dollars apart and at odds over several key priorities. Both proposals fail to identify funding for a Lifespan Respite Program that’s considered invaluable to many unpaid family caregivers in Texas. More than 3 million Texans are caring each day for an aging parent or loved one, helping them to live independently …

Texas Lawmakers Return To Austin

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And they’re off! Lawmakers are gathering in Austin today for the start of the 140-day regular session of the Texas Legislature, facing a tight state spending picture, varying priorities from their leaders and a heavy workload of thorny issues to settle on behalf of the state’s 27 million residents. The House and Senate looks much the same as they did two years ago. Republicans run both chambers, with a 20-11 majority in the Senate and a 95-55 hold on the …

AARP Texas Presents Legislative Priorities for 2017

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When state lawmakers convene next month for the 2017 legislative session, AARP Texas will pursue an agenda that includes strengthening nursing home quality, easing stress for family caregivers, helping millions of Texans save for retirement, and protecting seniors from financial exploitation. AARP’s non-partisan Texas legislative priorities also include a focus on eliminating surprise medical bills, and advocating for the age 50+ community to ensure that insurance costs are reasonable, coverage is reliable, and utility services are affordable and dependable. The …

One Austin Woman’s Mantra: Don’t Be A Shut In, Ride the Bus

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Austin is one of the fastest-growing metro areas in the nation, with a population of more than 930,000. Like other Texas cities, it’s car-focused, which means frequently long commutes and roadway congestion. Despite the daily traffic messes, public transit ridership has not increased significantly in recent years. Though it offers a robust transportation network of more than 360 buses, 82 bus routes, 220 vanpools, 171 paratransit vehicles, and a 32-mile rail line, Capital Metro passenger numbers are mostly stagnant, with …

A Pledge To Support Texas Caregivers

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By Bob Jackson Not often enough is there public discussion of the topic of family caregiving and what can be done to support these everyday heroes. Now is a great time for the conversation: November is National Family Caregivers Month. In Texas alone, there are more than 3.4 million family caregivers. Each day, they’re assisting older parents, spouses, partners, children with disabilities, other family members and friends, helping them remain in their own homes and communities – where they want …

Austin Livability Solutions Forum To Be Held Thursday, Nov. 17

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On Thursday evening, Nov. 17, AARP Texas will host a public forum in Austin featuring local and national experts discussing strategies for Texas communities to become even more accessible, comfortable and safe for people of all ages. Thursday’s “Austin Livability Solutions” event is the latest of the nationally acclaimed AARP Livable Communities Solutions Forums and will be presented as part of the Image Austin speaker series. The event – which is free and open to the public — will feature …

Summit on LGBT Aging takes place Saturday, Nov. 12, in Fort Worth

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Many older LGBT citizens face difficulties getting proper medical treatment. Some live alone due to fear of discrimination. Others can find it hard to settle into nursing homes because of potential mistreatment. AARP Texas will participate in an event this weekend in Fort Worth that aims to provide education and advice. From 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, the Coalition for Aging LGBT will host the Inaugural Summit on LGBT Aging at the University of North Texas’ Health …

Austin Adopts Plan To Be More Age-Friendly

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Austin enjoys a reputation as a young city. It’s also among the fastest-growing areas for people 55 and older. City leaders are taking the growth trend seriously. On Thursday, the Austin City Council approved a plan to help people “age in place.” The plan – the first of its kind to be adopted by a Texas city – aims to bring about needed changes that will benefit older persons, families and children alike. When implemented, it asks for a recreation …