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. …

AARP Kansas Testimony on House Bill 2553

Posted on 10/14/2014 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

Advocacy The following is testimony provided by AARP Kansas past state president David Wilson on March 26, 2014 before the Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee in regard to the healthcare compact bill. March 26, 2014 The Honorable Ralph Ostmeyer Chair, Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee Reference: House Bill 2553 –Enacting the Health Care Compact. Good morning Chairman Ostmeyer and members of the Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee. My name is David Wilson and I am currently a Lead …

AARP Kansas Testimony on the Health Care Compact Bill

Posted on 10/14/2014 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

Advocacy The following is the testimony provided by AARP Kansas past sttate president David Wilson on February 18, 2014 before the House Federal and State Affairs Committee February 18, 2014 The Honorable Steve Brunk, Chair House Federal and State Affairs Committee Reference: House Bill 2553 –Enacting the Health Care Compact. Good morning Chairman Brunk and members of the House Federal and State Affairs Committee. My name is David Wilson and I am currently a lead hearth care volunteer and the past …

Proposed Bill Would Help Families Provide Followup Care

Posted on 10/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy AARP Kansas is urging state lawmakers to pass legislation in 2015 that could reduce hospital readmissions by improving communication between medical staff and caregivers. Known as the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act, the measure would require hospitals to ask each patient to designate a caregiver, notify the caregiver when the patient is moved or discharged, and teach the caregiver how to perform follow-up procedures before the patient goes home. More than 400,000 Kansans are family caregivers, a 2011 AARP …

New Law Protects Vulnerable Adults from Exploitation

Posted on 09/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy A new state law aims to better protect vulnerable Kansans by making it a crime to financially exploit a dependent adult age 70 or older. The law defines “mistreatment of an elder person” as taking unfair advantage of the person’s financial resources and personal property, and makes the crime a felony if the value of items taken exceeds $1,000. Legislators heard testimony that the most common perpetrators of financial abuse are family members. As a member of the Senior Consumer …

AARP Celebrates Social Security’s 79th Anniversary

Posted on 08/13/2014 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

Advocacy   As Social Security remains important and wildly popular to millions, AARP offers tools and advocates for a strong program. WASHINGTON, DC – On the eve of the 79th anniversary of the creation of Social Security, AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond issued the following statement: “AARP salutes Social Security, whose growing importance to millions of American families of all political stripes deserves to be celebrated. Social Security provides earned benefits to approximately 58 million people: 41 million retired workers …