Covering the Uninsured and Helping People Age in Place

Posted on 11/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy In the biennial legislative session that begins Jan. 5, AARP Montana will urge lawmakers to expand Medicaid to cover the uninsured and to increase services that help people continue to live at home as they age. Throughout the 90-day session, AARP will notify interested members about issues important to Montanans age 50-plus and encourage them to participate in the legislative process by sending emails to lawmakers to support certain bills. “An overwhelming response from AARP members can deliver a loud, …

Secretary McCulloch Announces New Way for Montanans to Register to Vote

Posted on 10/14/2014 by | AARP Montana | Comments

Advocacy Secretary McCulloch Announces New Way for Montanans to Register to Vote Online Pre-Registration Tool Will Increase Accuracy and Efficiency Secretary of State and Chief Elections Officer Linda McCulloch announced on Tuesday a new way for citizens to register to vote for upcoming Montana elections including the November 4th General Election. The Secretary of State’s office is now offering an online pre-registration tool which allows qualified citizens to enter and submit their registration information online via a computer, tablet or smartphone. …

Butte-Silver Bow Passes Resolution Calling for Medicaid Expansion

Posted on 10/2/2014 by | AARP Montana | Comments

Advocacy Butte-Silver Bow Passes Resolution Calling for Medicaid Expansion  City-County Council Moves to Expand Healthcare to More Montanans  Helena, Mont., — Butte-Silver Bow commissioners unanimously approved a resolution calling for full Medicaid expansion to cover up to 70,000 Montanans with low incomes.  At the Commission meeting on Wednesday, September 17th, Resolution 14–41 passed 12-0.  It urges Montana lawmakers to accept enhanced federal funding for the state’s Medicaid program. The resolution states that “all Montanans should have access to quality, affordable healthcare, …

Job Announcement: Legislative Coordinator Position for AARP Montana

Posted on 09/30/2014 by | AARP Montana | Comments

Advocacy AARP Montana is seeking a Legislative Coordinator for the 2015 legislative session. The Legislative Coordinator will report directly to the Advocacy Director for AARP Montana. Job Description Responsibilities Assist AARP Montana Advocacy Director on activities related to the 2015 legislative session. Coordinate activities of AARP Capital City Advocates, including training of volunteers, preparation of testimony on bills, agenda and materials for weekly meeting of volunteers, and scheduling and notice of volunteer activities. Establish and maintain bill tracking system. Generate weekly …

AARP Urges Montanans to Preserve the Freedom to Vote on Election Day

Posted on 09/22/2014 by | AARP Montana | Comments

Advocacy Voters urged to reject LR-126 by casting a “NO” vote on their ballots this fall Helena, Mont., Sept 17, 2014 – This fall Montanans will vote on LR 126, a ballot measure to repeal Montana’s Election Day Voter registration law. AARP is fighting to defeat this measure. If passed, the referendum would repeal sections of law that have allowed more than 29,000 Montanans to vote since it was first passed by a bipartisan majority nearly a decade ago.  Instead, voters would …

Keep Voter Registration Easy and Accessible

Posted on 09/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy AARP Montana urges voters to defeat a November ballot measure that would eliminate the opportunity to register to vote on election day. If passed, LR 126 would require that voters register by 5 p.m. the Friday before any election. “The current system makes the registration process easy and accessible, and protects our freedom to vote,” said Joy Bruck, AARP Montana state president and past president of the Montana League of Women Voters. “Out-of-touch politicians are attempting to fix something that …