Majority of Kansans 45 and Older Support the CARE Act

Posted on 01/27/2015 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

Advocacy AARP Kansas Director Maren Turner, along with several AARP volunteers, briefed the Kansas House Committee on Children and Seniors on the CARE Act on Tuesday, January 27, 2015.  The Act, which is contained in House Bill 2058, supports Kansas caregivers by ensuring that hospitals record the name of the patient’s caregiver when the patient enters the hospital, the caregiver is informed when the patient is discharged from the hospital, and the caregiver is provided instructions on how to take care …

AARP Applauds Reduced Rate Hike for Black Hills Energy

Posted on 01/9/2015 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

Advocacy More than 110,000 Kansas utility consumers are the winners in the latest utility rate increase request by Black Hills Energy. In April 2014, the company, based in South Dakota, requested a $5.1 million rate increase for natural gas prices from the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC).  If granted, Black Hills natural gas customers in Kansas would have seen their natural gas bills increase by $4.17 a month, or about $50 a year. Instead, after hearing testimony and considering the case, the …

I HEART CAREGIVERS — A Personal Story

Posted on 12/19/2014 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

Advocacy   As caregivers, we know the ups and downs, the challenges and the joys of preparing meals, running errands, working with medical personnel, providing social support, balancing caregiver and career responsibilities, and…well, the list goes on and on because we do it all for the people who need us! I became a caregiver for my father several years ago. He had started to lose his eyesight and his memory and could no longer drive or be left at home alone. …

AARP Encourages Support of the CARE Act in 2015 Kansas Legislative Session

Posted on 12/19/2014 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

Advocacy There’s a group of unsung heroes that fan out every day across Kansas. In cities big and small, rural and urban, they do things like give baths and help others get dressed. They dispense medicine and provide transportation to doctor’s appointments. They are family caregivers. More than 600,000 family caregivers in the Kansas make it possible for their loved ones to live independently at home. By helping with basic tasks of daily living, their mothers and fathers, husbands and wives, …

Dental Care for People Who Can’t Go to a Dentist’s Office

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy AARP Kansas is backing legislation in 2015 that could expand dental care for nursing home residents in underserved parts of the state. Data provided in 2013 by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment showed 37 of the state’s 105 counties did not have a dentist that accepted Medicaid. Currently, 13 counties do not have a dentist at all, according to the nonprofit Kansas Dental Project. The proposed legislation would allow highly trained dental hygienists, known as registered dental practitioners, …

Fighting for Issues That Matter to People Age 50+

Posted on 11/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy In the legislative session that begins Jan. 12, AARP Kansas will support measures that could relieve stress on family caregivers, improve health care coverage for the uninsured, keep utilities affordable and improve access to dental care in rural areas. A key priority is legislation designed to reduce hospital readmissions by improving communication between hospital staff and caregivers about the patient’s followup needs. AARP Kansas is seeking volunteers to serve on its Capitol City Task Force and work on these issues. …