AARP Urging Lawmakers to Reduce Taxes on Social Security

Posted on 01/20/2015 by | AARP Minnesota | Comments

Advocacy Minnesota is only 1 of 7 States that tax Social Security Benefits. Minnesota should follow the lead of most states and Stop Taxing these Benefits. Background: Today with more and more Minnesotans finding it difficult to save for a secure retirement Minnesota should adopt tax policies that reduce or eliminate taxes on Social Security benefits. According to the MN House research department our state is only 1 of 7 states that taxes Social Security Benefits to the extent that they …

Inpatient or Observation?

Posted on 01/13/2015 by | AARP Minnesota | Comments

Advocacy You’re in a meeting with a coworker when her phone rings: Her elderly father has had a bad fall and is on the way to the emergency room. At the hospital, she discovers that her father will need to stay in the hospital. Four days later, her father is moved to a skilled rehabilitation care facility for several weeks of physical therapy. After therapy is complete and her father returns home, your coworker receives a bill for thousands of dollars …

AARP URGES LEGISLATORS TO SUPPORT CAREGIVERS & FINANCIAL SECURITY IN 2015

Posted on 01/6/2015 by | AARP Minnesota | Comments

Advocacy ST. PAUL – With the 2015 legislative session underway, AARP’s focus will once again be to support Minnesota’s unpaid family caregivers as well as the more than one million people in our state who are struggling to save for retirement. In order to strengthen the financial security of all Minnesotans, including unpaid family caregivers, AARP is focusing on three key areas this legislative session. Better Training for Family Caregivers –More than 670,000 Minnesotans are caring for an aging parent or …

Caregiving, Savings Plan Top Agenda

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

Advocacy In the 2015 legis​lative session, AARP Minnesota aims not only to support family caregivers, but also to improve access to retirement savings plans and ensure reliable utilities. As in other states, AARP is pressing for the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act to prepare caregivers to perform medical tasks needed when a patient comes home from a hospital stay. AARP also is urging lawmakers to pass Secure Choice, a voluntary retirement savings plan managed by the state for workers who …

Support Family Caregivers with the CARE Act

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | AARP Minnesota | Comments

Advocacy The vast majority of older Americans want to live independently at home. In order to do so, they often rely exclusively on unpaid family caregivers for help. In Minnesota, more than 670,000 family caregivers are helping their loved ones live independently – keeping them in their homes and out of costly institutions, such as nursing homes. These unsung heroes provide unpaid care valued at about $8.2 billion annually. As a state Minnesota can and should do more to support our …

Care Act: Require Hospitals to Train Caregivers

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

Advocacy By Mary Van Beusekom Dianne Pettet’s husband, Dale, was being released from the hospital after a stay in the intensive care and rehabilitation units. Suffering from emphysema and heart disease, he needed to continue to receive supplemental oxygen at home. “They handed [the tubing and oxygen tank] to me at the nurses counter, and I’m just about in tears,” recalled Pettet, 64, of Lake­ville. “I had no idea what to do with it. I thought, ‘If I put this on …