Schneidewind testifies before Congress on ‘doc fix’

Posted on 01/22/2015 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing | Michigan WASHINGTON, DC—In testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health today, AARP advocated for a permanent solution to the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, also known as the “doc fix”, used to reimburse doctors and other providers in the Medicare program.  “Permanently repealing the sustainable growth rate formula will bring stability and predictability to health care providers and the Medicare beneficiaries they serve,” said AARP President-Elect Eric Schneidewind who testified before the committee. “We applaud the move away …

AARP CEO responds to the State of the Union Address

Posted on 01/22/2015 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Advocacy | Michigan Washington, DC—AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins attended the State of the Union Address and released this statement following the speech: “The President’s speech comes at the beginning of an historic year for older Americans. This summer Medicare turns 50, and Social Security turns 80. Some in the new Congress have already sought to limit these modest, crucial, earned promises that took shape when too many older Americans faced poverty. As Social Security and Medicare have protected the middle class and …

AARP publishes End of Session Report

Posted on 01/12/2015 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Advocacy | Michigan What happened to AARP Michigan’s agenda during the just-concluded session of the State Legislature? A new document — AARP Michigan End of Session Report: 2013-14 State Legislative Session — lays out the details. The report gives readers an overview of the disposition of bills embodying issues important to people age 50 and older, such as: Medicaid expansion, landline elimination, long-term care, elder abuse and exploitation and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses scope practice. Read all about it in the full report here: MIStateLegisFinalReport2013-14.Jan12.2015  Return to …

AARP Michigan sponsors MLK Breakfast in Jackson Friday

Posted on 01/12/2015 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Events | Michigan AARP Michigan is among sponsors of the 2015 Martin Luther King Diversity Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 16 at the Gene Davis & Sons Banquet Center, 3575 Francis St., Jackson. Rawle Andrews, Jr., AARP Regional Vice President for the Mideast Region, will deliver introductory remarks and emcee the two-hour program. More than 350 community and business leaders will honor Jackson area youth and remember and celebrate the birthday of civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Visit the …

FEMA: Stay safe during bitter cold, snowy weather

Posted on 01/5/2015 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Michigan From FEMA CHICAGO – Dangerously low temperatures and accumulating snow are in the forecast for much of the Midwest and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) wants individuals and families to be safe when faced with the hazards of cold temperatures and winter weather. “Subfreezing temperatures and wind chills can be dangerous and even life-threatening for people who don’t take the proper precautions,” said Andrew Velasquez III, FEMA Regional Administrator. “It is important for everyone …

Have No Fear: Tax Help Is Here

Posted on 01/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Local Resources | Michigan | Money & Work | Volunteering By Melissa Preddy Don Tinson was leafing through a magazine one evening when he spotted a tiny ad seeking volunteers for AARP’s tax preparation service. The retired automotive engineer thought it sounded like a good cause and signed up. Now, 11 years later, Tinson is a technology specialist for the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program, which last year helped 70,000 Michigan residents prepare their income tax returns at no charge. This month, Tinson and a statewide network of more than 1,000 …