AARP and Insurance Commissioner call for veto of healthcare compact bill

AARP and Insurance Commissioner call for veto of healthcare compact bill

Posted on 04/15/2014 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

Advocacy   Topeka – AARP Kansas Director Maren Turner and Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger, at a Statehouse news conference today, urged Governor Brownback to veto House Bill 2553, a bill passed by the Kansas Legislature that would allow the state to join an Interstate Health Care Compact and place federal funding for all health care services in the state, including funding for such programs as Medicare, Medicaid, and Healthwave (children’s health insurance) under the control of the state legislature and …

AARP Urges Veto of Healthcare Compact Bill

AARP Urges Veto of Healthcare Compact Bill

Posted on 04/8/2014 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

Advocacy Medicare and other healthcare programs in danger if House Bill 2553  is signed by Governor Brownback.  AARP is asking its members and all Kansans to contact the Governor  (contact information below) and urge him to veto House Bill 2553.  The following letter to the editor by AARP Kansas volunteer David Wilson explains why: Compact bill puts Medicare at risk By Dave Wilson One of the most frivolous and dangerous legislative measures has been approved by the Kansas House and Senate …

AARP Praises Bipartisan Senate Passage, Urges House to Pass Emergency Unemployment Insurance Benefits Bill

AARP Praises Bipartisan Senate Passage, Urges House to Pass Emergency Unemployment Insurance Benefits Bill

Posted on 04/8/2014 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

Advocacy Longer Unemployment and Age Discrimination Have Harmful Impact on Older Workers   Washington, DC –Today AARP applauded passage of a bipartisan agreement authored by U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Dean Heller (R-NV) to reauthorize emergency unemployment insurance (UI) benefits for long-term unemployed workers and urged the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the bill swiftly.  Over the last 5 years, workers age 55 and older have experienced record levels of unemployment. On average, once older workers lose their jobs, …

Make a Difference on Issues That Matter

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy AARP is recruiting volunteers to make a difference on issues important to Kansans age 50-plus. AARP Kansas volunteers address a wide range of issues, from protecting Social Security and Medicare to ensuring fair utility rates, improving access to health care, making communities age-friendly and helping older workers find jobs or start businesses. Volunteers in the Topeka area can help track bills or testify at legislative committee hearings. Volunteers across the state can attend public hearings and town hall meetings, research …

AARP Urges Congress to Act on Doc Fix

AARP Urges Congress to Act on Doc Fix

Posted on 03/27/2014 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

Advocacy WASHINGTON, D.C.  – Today, AARP released the following statement from Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond on the vote expected today in the House of Representatives on a short-term Sustainable Growth Rate patch: “With the March 31 deadline looming, it is imperative that Congress act soon to prevent the scheduled 24 percent cut to Medicare physician reimbursement rates. Constant threats of large physician cuts cause beneficiaries to worry that their doctors and providers will no longer be able to see them. …

AARP Kansas Joins Medicaid Expansion Rally

AARP Kansas Joins Medicaid Expansion Rally

Posted on 03/19/2014 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

Advocacy AARP Kansas volunteers and staff were front and center at the Medicaid Expansion rally on March 18 at the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka.  The rally, organized by the Kansas Medicaid Access Coalition, of which AARP Kansas is a member, attracted more than 200 citizens from across the state who are concerned that Kansas is losing out on money from the federal government that could be used to provide access to affordable healthcare from more than 78,000 Kansans.  These thousands of …