Much to Celebrate on Medicare’s 49th Anniversary

Posted on 08/1/2014 by | AARP Indiana | Comments

Advocacy By Sarah Waddle, AARP Indiana Interim State Director Medicare isn’t eligible for AARP membership yet, but at 49, it’s looking pretty darn good.  Many Hoosiers seem to agree.  More than one million Indiana residents currently use the program, and 98 percent of eligible Hoosier seniors were enrolled in Medicare in 2011. Maybe Medicare is getting wiser with age?  We received good news recently regarding significant savings in the Medicare program because of the phased-in closure of the coverage gap in …

Ft. Wayne Resident Curt Sylvester Among First Graduates of AARP’s Volunteer Leadership Institute

Posted on 01/16/2014 by | AARP Indiana | Comments

Advocacy On Wednesday, January 8, 2014, Curt Sylvester of Ft. Wayne participated in the graduation ceremony for the inaugural class of AARP’s Volunteer Leadership Institute or VLI.    Unfortunately, due to the inclement weather, Curt did not physically attend the event, but watched via Skype.  He was one of only 22 volunteers from all across the country selected for this program.  Curt is also the state president of AARP Indiana, the organization’s top volunteer leadership position. VLI is a rigorous and innovative …

Fighting for Hoosiers 50+ at the IN Statehouse

Posted on 12/18/2013 by | AARP Indiana | Comments

Advocacy Local lawmakers will be returning to the Indiana Statehouse in early 2014.  And, we will be ready!  Drawn from all walks of life and every corner of the state, AARP Indiana’s volunteer Legislative Team carries our message directly to the Statehouse throughout the legislative session. Team members are trained on the issues, the legislative process and AARP’s priority legislation. They also build crucial personal relationships with lawmakers from their districts in order to advance the interests of older Hoosiers. During …

There’s a Volunteering Niche that Fits You

Posted on 07/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy By Nancy Johnson • Terry Vertrice Almon spent more than two decades in management at a worldwide cosmetics company. Today she uses skills she learned as a trainer and meeting planner in a new field: volunteering for AARP. Almon, 76, said she loves being able to use her professional experience and people skills as a member of AARP Indiana’s legislative team, advocating for older residents, and as a volunteer distributing AARP information at senior fairs and health expos. Statehouse advocate In …

5 Reasons to Care About Medicaid Expansion

Posted on 05/16/2013 by | AARP Indiana | Comments

Advocacy By Elaine Ryan, VP, State Advocacy & Strategy, AARP Nine states have passed Medicaid expansion this year, with another 15 on the brink of extending health coverage to more hard-working citizens. Why is Medicaid expansion, which would extend Medicaid health coverage to people who earn about $15,000 a year (138% of the federal poverty level), so important? Here are the top 5 reasons: 1. 50- to 64-year olds: Medicaid expansion will provide health care coverage to tens of thousands of hard-working Americans between the ages …

“Chained CPI” is a Cut to Social Security Benefits

Posted on 04/5/2013 by | AARP Indiana | Comments

Advocacy By AARP Indiana State President Curt Sylvester Remember just last year when political leaders told us they would not cut Social Security benefits for people currently in the program?  That promise may soon be put to the test.  President Obama’s budget due out next week will likely include a proposal called “chained CPI,” a fancy Washington term that really means cutting Social Security and veterans’ benefits, and increasing taxes for most taxpayers. The chained CPI would cut the cost-of-living adjustment …