AARP Statements on 2014 Medicare and Social Security Trustees Reports

Posted on 07/28/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Advocacy AARP Statement on 2014 Medicare Trustees Report Urges Responsible Solutions WASHINGTON, DC – AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond offered the following statement in reaction to the Medicare Trustees report released today: “The Medicare Trustees report today reminds us of the financial challenges facing Medicare, along with the overall high cost of health care. With 64 million Americans expected to be enrolled in Medicare by 2020, we must do more to reduce wasteful spending throughout our health care system. “For …

Tony Vola: Iowa’s older workers deserve respect and protection

Posted on 06/30/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Advocacy In his June 16 guest opinion for the Press-Citizen, heaping praise on the U.S. Supreme Court’s Gross decision on age discrimination and his role in it, Frank Harty misrepresents the law and fails to show an understanding of the harsh impact of this ruling on people’s lives. The Gross decision represented a drastic and damaging change in employment discrimination law. For decades before Gross, a worker had to show that age was one motivating factor in an adverse employment decision. …

Iowa Ranks 13th: New Scorecard Highlights Overall High Marks for Iowa Long-Term Care Services and Supports, Identifies Areas for Improvement

Posted on 06/19/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Advocacy Des Moines – Iowa ranks 13th in the nation when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents, but AARP warns more must be done to improve choice of long-term care setting and provider and effective transitions.  This, according to a new, comprehensive state-by-state Scorecard from AARP with support of the nation’s leading organizations behind quality long-term care, The Commonwealth Fund and SCAN Foundation. Raising Expectations 2014: A State Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports for Older …

Legislation to Combat Age Discrimination in the Workplace

Posted on 05/29/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Advocacy AARP Public Forum Highlights Critical Need for Senators Harkin and Grassley-led Legislation to Combat Age Discrimination in the Workplace Iowans affected by employment age discrimination joined with AARP state and national leaders today in Cedar Rapids for a public hearing to share their stories and perspectives on the issue of age discrimination in the workplace – a major and growing concern among Americans 50 and over. “Failing to protect older workers from age discrimination is not only unjust, it is …

AARP Lobbies Iowa Congressional Delegation on Vital Issues During Older Americans Month

Posted on 05/21/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Advocacy Older Americans Act, Medicare, Age Discrimination, Transportation Safety Top the List of Issues Discussed WASHINGTON, DC – Today, in the midst of Older Americans Month, AARP Iowa volunteers and staff visited Capitol Hill to urge their elected representatives to back bills, including the Older Americans Act, that can help Americans live their best lives. AARP Iowa State President Tony Vola and State Director Kent Sovern are visiting  the offices of the entire Iowa Congressional delegation including Senators Tom Harkin (D), …

Iowans Invited to Statewide Public Hearing on Age Discrimination on the Job

Posted on 05/20/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Advocacy Iowans affected by age discrimination in the workplace and those who are concerned about age discrimination on the job are invited to join AARP for a public hearing at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 29 at the Hotel at Kirkwood Center in Cedar Rapids. The purpose of the hearing is for Iowans to share their stories of age discrimination in the workplace as Congress considers legislation sponsored by Iowa Senators Tom Harkin (D) and Chuck Grassley (R), the Protecting Older …