NC should join the 35 states, DC and territories that help transition loved ones from the hospital to their homes

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Having a loved one in the hospital can be a stressful and emotional experience — especially if you don’t have the support you need. Each day, 40 million family caregivers help older parents, spouses, children with disabilities and other loved ones live independently at home. They help with bathing and dressing, manage finances, stand by their loved one’s side when they go into the hospital, care for them when they return home, and so much more. Some family caregivers, like …

Public notice in print at risk, once again

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RALEIGH — Every day important notices are published in the pages of newspapers across North Carolina.  These notices catalog government actions in cases of bid notices, changes in zoning, hearing notices, auctions, property transfers, delinquent tax notices and more.   Did you know there are efforts, once again, to move important public notices out of print newspapers and onto government websites? The demographics of a newspaper reader tend to be an older audience, especially in rural areas.  For this older, and …

AARP North Carolina names Dr. Catherine Harvey Sevier as new state president

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RALEIGH — Dr. Catherine Harvey Sevier of Greensboro has been appointed as the new state president of AARP North Carolina. The volunteer led AARP has 1.1 million members in the state and is instrumental in improving the lives of older adults through information, advocacy, community service and local offerings and events. Dr. Sevier has an extensive background in clinical nursing, academic cancer center administration, and health policy development. She was founding Executive Director/COO of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), which …

Support NC seniors & their family caregivers

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Over one million North Carolinians are caring for an older parent or loved one, helping them to live independently at home – where they want to be.  These caregivers have a big job but we can help with some basic support—and commonsense solutions—to make their big responsibilities a little bit easier. That’s why AARP urges state lawmakers to enact the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act and help family caregivers as their loved ones go into the hospital and as …

AARP Donations Used to Help Hurricane Matthew Recovery

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RALEIGH — At a ceremonial presentation made today with state legislators and the United Way, AARP explained how contributions the AARP Foundation collected from members across the country last fall resulted in $200,000 being donated to assist North Carolina families affected by Hurricane Matthew. Over half of the AARP contributions, $125,000, was distributed to local United Ways in counties affected by the disaster and United Way’s NC 2-1-1. With the support of the AARP membership, United Ways in affected counties …

AARP Applauds Withdrawal of Health Bill

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WASHINGTON, DC  — In a statement today, AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond applauded the withdrawal of the House health care legislation that would have harmed millions of older Americans and their families: “The leadership’s decision to withdraw the bill from consideration proves that the voices of Americans are very powerful. This harmful legislation would have added an Age Tax on older Americans and put vulnerable populations at risk. “Instead of this harmful bill, we encourage Congress to focus on the …

New disability presumption for Camp Lejeune Veterans

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For decades, the public drinking water supply at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina was contaminated with hazardous chemicals. Countless Veterans were unknowingly exposed to these chemicals. A new Department of Veterans Affairs rule makes it easier for Veterans to receive service connected disability compensation for diseases resulting from this exposure. The VA now presumes that eight medical conditions are the result of past service at Camp Lejeune. DO I QUALIFY FOR THE PRESUMPTION? If you were stationed at Camp Lejeune for …

Time to publicly oppose a bad plan for older adults and NC

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RALEIGH — This week, six bi-partisan NC Members of Congress publicly opposed the American Health Care Act, a House proposal, that if passed, could result in older adults paying up to $8,400 a year in added insurance premiums. Representatives Adams, Budd, Butterfield, Jones, Meadows,   and Price all oppose the plan. AARP members are urging Representatives Pittenger, Hudson, Holding, Walker, McHenry, Rouzer and Foxx, to stop supporting the “age tax” and higher insurance premiums, and join the rest of the NC …

Medicaid block grants — passing the buck without passing the bucks

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While it’s still a work in progress, the broad outline of proposed health care reforms is coming into focus in Congress. The measure as currently drafted holds huge ramifications for all Americans, including here in North Carolina. Many of those ramifications come from proposals to change Medicaid from its current form into a block grant program. State Medicaid Spending According to Rose Hoban of NC Health News, North Carolina’s share of Medicaid spending was a little over $3.5 billion last …

What proposed changes to federal health care law mean to North Carolinians

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ASHEVILLE, NC — Congressional leaders are looking to repeal or modify the Affordable Care Act, and House Republican leaders have presented a plan that has raised concerns on both sides of the political aisle including opposition from Congressman Mark Meadows and the conservative Freedom Caucus that he leads. Medicaid is a critical piece of the coverage puzzle Nearly 2 million North Carolinians were covered by Medicaid last year; of every $100 spent on Medicaid services, state government pays $34 and …