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 …

Share your caregiver stories

Posted on 11/19/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Advocacy Every day, a silent army of Americans performs a great labor of love: caring for aging parents, spouses, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, friends… so they can remain in their homes. We are on duty 24/7, and often we can’t even take a break. But we wouldn’t have it any other way. We are the unsung heroes. Here are our stories, including many from Michigan, which is home to more than 2 million caregivers. We hope you will share your stories …

Thousands of Michigan veterans hungry for benefit information

Posted on 11/13/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Advocacy Thousands of Michigan veterans listened in on an AARP tele-town hall that provided details about a wide range of veterans’ benefits.  The hour-long call featured expert information from Robert Price, a retired Army veteran and acting director for targeted outreach with the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.  Listen to the Veterans Tele-Town Hall here (Firefox, Google Chrome or other updated browser version required): https://soundcloud.com/markhornbeck/michigan-veterans-teletown-hall-nov-2014    Participants had myriad questions about the complex web of veterans’ benefits and how the rules and …

Heart-ing Family Caregivers Across Michigan

Posted on 11/5/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Advocacy Christine Caswell of Lansing cared for her handicapped parents while attending law school in her mid-40’s. Her father took a nasty fall and ended up in a nursing home. She took care of her mother in her mother’s home, in her own home and in hospice. Her mom died the day Christine received her new law license number.  “I am so grateful for having gone through that process with my mom, but I am still so frustrated we had so …