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

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

Health & Wellbeing 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 …

Legislative Agenda: Caregiving, Guardianship

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

Health & Wellbeing 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 …

‘Aging in Place’ Gets a Funding Boost

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

Health & Wellbeing More Michiganders may have an opportunity to age in place since lawmakers approved an 8.7 percent increase in funding for MI Choice, the state’s Medicaid program for home- and community-based services. These services help people continue to live at home rather than move into nursing homes or other institutional settings. A 2009 AARP study showed a majority of Americans (89 percent) want to stay in their own homes as they age. The new state budget, which took effect Oct. 1, …

Bill would increase access to health care

Posted on 09/10/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Health & Wellbeing AARP Michigan strongly supports Senate Bill 2, which would allow Advanced Practice Registered Nurses to use the full extent of their training and education to treat patients. We support this bill because it would increase consumers’ access to health care and reduce unnecessary health care costs. Outdated barriers that prohibit APRNs from treating patients in certain circumstances would be removed, improving access to care — especially in rural and urban underserved areas. The legislation has passed the Senate and is now being considered by …

Walgreens and AARP Way to Well Health Tour visits West Michigan

Posted on 07/16/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Walgreens Way to Well Health Tour with AARP will make four stops in West Michigan July 23-26. Participants can receive free health tests and services including cholesterol and glucose blood tests, blood pressure reading and comprehensive weight assessment. The tour stops at: – Walgreen Drug Store, 3191 28th St. SW, Grandville from 9 a.m. t0 3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 23. – Ionia Free Fair at Ionia Fairgrounds, 317 S. Dexter, Ionia, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, …

Health Decisions Tour stops draw crowds, comments

Posted on 06/23/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Health & Wellbeing The first two stops on the AARP Michigan Health Decisions T0ur drew 132 interested health care consumers and led to lively discussion in Lansing and Grand Rapids. The tour provides information on navigating health reform, Medicare, long-term care and caregiving issues and solutions. The session in Lansing on May 27 attracted 57 people, and the event in Grand Rapids on June 16 drew 75. Following are written comments from attendees at the Lansing area session: “I would have stayed all …