Schneidewind testifies before Congress on ‘doc fix’

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

Advocacy 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 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 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 urges House to pass nurses’ scope of practice bill this year

Posted on 12/9/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Advocacy AARP Michigan has sent the following letter to state legislators seeking support for House passage of Senate Bill 2 before the Legislature adjourns for the year: Dear Representative,  I am writing on behalf of AARP Michigan to urge you to support Senate Bill 2,which would allow Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) to use a greater scope of their extensive training to treat Michigan patients. AARP supports SB 2 because it will increase consumers’ access to health care and reduce unnecessary …

AARP backs bill that maintains state income tax benefits for surviving spouse

Posted on 12/4/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Advocacy An AARP-backed bill that would maintain a state income tax break for a surviving spouse who benefited from the tax status of an older spouse won unanimous passage in the House Tax Policy Committee Wednesday.  The recently enacted tax on pension income allows for an exemption for state residents age 67 and older. A younger spouse also benefits from that tax status four couples who file a joint state income tax return.  House Bill 4301, sponsored by Rep. Jim Townsend, …

Legislative Agenda: Caregiving, Guardianship

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

Advocacy AARP Michigan has a robust legislative agenda lined up for the session that begins Jan. 14. A top priority is passage of the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act, which would better equip family caregivers to safely help their loved ones with medical tasks at home following a hospital stay. AARP advocates also will push for Michigan to become the 41st state to adopt the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act to cut red tape for families when …