Why advocacy matters — state legislative victories

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You did it! With a little over half of the year behind us, I want to reflect on the legislative success made possible by AARP volunteers like you.  Dozens of volunteers met with elected officials, while thousands of home-based activists sent important e-mails and made calls.  Volunteers even staffed community events, talked to the public about the issues at stake and convinced many to sign petitions to elected officials.  Even more boldy, some volunteers told their personal stories in videos, helping …

Governor Signs into Law Three Measures to Help Family Caregivers

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Many of North Carolina’s family caregivers, patients, and retirees may welcome three new measures AARP helped gain bi-partisan support for through the General Assembly. This week, Governor Roy Cooper signed into law three bills to make life a little easier and more affordable for many older adults and their families. Nurse Licensure Compact To help respond to a shortage of healthcare workers in North Carolina, licensed nurses from other states can now move here and begin working with less red …

Improving health care – a win for North Carolinia patients

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Making it easier for licensed nurses to practice in NC Legislation to allow nurses to practice in any state that is part of the Nurse Licensure Compact passed the North Carolina General Assembly last week. AARP helped push for the legislation that maintains patient safety and quality of care while making it easier for nurses to practice in our state. It allows licensed nurses from other states to practice in North Carolina without having to get re-licensed. The passage of …

Free “Summer of Health” workshops in Charlotte

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CHARLOTTE — AARP in Charlotte is presenting a series of free workshops this month to help people prepare the challenges of caregiving and long-term care as well as an overview of Medicare, from how to choose a plan and the benefits Medicare offers, to what changes to the program may come in the future. The events are free and open to the public, but registration is requested. Prepare to Care This workshop includes information on how to have vital conversations …

Helping family caregivers and curbing elder abuse through new law

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Let me introduce you to a family caregiver, Lisa from Hawaii. With the help of her sister, Lisa cared for her mother with Alzheimer’s disease — managing medications, cleaning the house, and handling any medical issues. They also managed her mother’s finances. Lisa shared: “It felt like our whole world was slowly falling apart. At the time we did not know much about the disease or how quickly it was going to debilitate her. My sister and I took responsibility …

NEW SCORECARD SHOWS WHERE NORTH CAROLINA NEEDS IMPROVEMENT TO SERVE OLDER ADULTS, PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

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RALEIGH, NC – North Carolina ranks 38th overall when it comes to services available for our aging population, and AARP warns more must be done, at an accelerated pace, to meet changing demographic demands.  Even worse, NC’s support for family caregivers, especially those in families with long-term diseases such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s, ranks just eight slots from the bottom. This, according to a new, comprehensive state-by-state Scorecard from AARP with support of the nation’s leading organizations behind quality long-term …

The Good, the Bad, and the State Budget Negotiations

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This week North Carolina budget leaders head behind closed doors to negotiate differences between the State House and Senate versions of the budget.  While the budget negotiations won’t be a shootout in the old west for now, several budget items will need to be negotiated before both chambers can approve a plan that must then be sent to the Governor for final approval before June 30th. Aging To better address the needs of our aging population, the House budget recommends …

What’s wrong with Medicare vouchers? There has to be a “better way.”

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By Jim Buchanan Here in North Carolina, through painful experience, we know a thing or two about floods. With a flood, most of the focus – necessarily – is on not being swept away in the turbulent waters. But there’s more than the rushing waters. There’s what’s beneath – who knows what kind of contaminants picked up in the deluge, who knows what kinds of creepy-crawlies lurking beneath. That’s the way it is with Washington these days. The normal trickle …

Nurses heal. Red tape doesn’t.

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AARP is fighting to improve North Carolinians access to affordable health care, in their communities, by cutting through the bureaucratic red tape that prevents nurse practitioners—and all advanced practice registered nurses—from doing their jobs. Right now, 28 states including North Carolina still have archaic rules that restrict nurse practitioners from using all their skills and training to provide primary and preventive care, including: routine health care such as diagnosing and treating patients management of chronic conditions ordering lab tests prescribing …

The biggest risk to your retirement plans are Congress’ changes to Medicare that shift more costs to you

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By Doug Dickerson, State Director, AARP North Carolina Few eyes are on Medicare, the healthcare plan that workers have paid into straight from their paychecks for almost 53 years.  Workers know that if there’s one thing that’s certain, is that healthcare is guaranteed if a person, regardless of their condition, can live to at least age 65.  Now, while the country’s attention is distracted with the President’s political troubles, conservative Congressional leaders are moving towards implementing a plan to drastically …