AARP Voters’ Guides Now Live!

Posted on 09/9/2014 by | AARP Nebraska | Comments

Advocacy The AARP voters’ guides to the 2014 elections are here! Find out where the major candidates stand on issues important to Nebraskans 50 and older before you cast your vote on November 4. AARP asked candidates for Nebraska Governor and the Nebraska Legislature questions about financial security, family caregiving, consumer protection and transportation policy. See their responses side by side, along with AARP’s position on these relevant issues. Guides are also available for the U.S. House and Senate races, where …

Future geriatrician has calling to serve older adults

Posted on 09/3/2014 by | AARP Nebraska | Comments

Advocacy By Carmen Ochoa Thank You, AARP. When I first started college last fall, I knew that I enjoyed older people, and could see myself working with them as a professional. Now, less than a year later, I am confident in my path, and believe I have a calling to serve them. How can a little less than a year make such a big difference? The answer is easy. The answer is AARP. I came into this internship, a wide eyed …

Office of Public Guardian Aims to Halt Financial Abuse

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

Advocacy Older Nebraskans who are not capable of making financial decisions and don’t have a family member who can help will soon be able to have a legal guardian with training and oversight from the state court system. Gov. Dave Heineman (R) signed legislation in April to create the state Office of Public Guardian. AARP pushed for the law, which will take effect Jan. 1, 2015. Nebraska was the last state to launch such a program. The state’s current system relies …

Tax Relief for Nebraskans with Social Security Benefits

Posted on 07/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy Fewer Nebraskans will pay state tax on Social Security income under a new law. Taxpayers whose adjusted gross income for 2015 is less than $58,000 per couple or $43,000 per individual will be exempt from state taxes on benefits. The law also indexes tax brackets for inflation, so taxpayers won’t end up in a higher bracket in the future simply because they receive cost-of-living increases. AARP Nebraska had long advocated these changes. Previously, Nebraska was one of six states that …

Nebraska falls short on services for older Nebraskans, caregivers

Posted on 06/19/2014 by | AARP Nebraska | Comments

Advocacy While Nebraska ranks 20th overall when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents, AARP warns much more must be done, at an accelerated pace, to improve across-the-board. This is the conclusion of a new, comprehensive state-by-state Scorecard from AARP with support of the nation’s leading organizations behind quality long-term care, The Commonwealth Fund and SCAN Foundation.   For Nebraska, the report flagged the cost of home care; adequacy of the in-home services workforce; balance in state …

20,000 more Nebraskans 65+ qualify for property tax relief

Posted on 05/5/2014 by | AARP Nebraska | Comments

Advocacy Fortunately for thousands of older Nebraskans, more property tax relief is on the way. The Nebraska Legislature approved a measure this session broadening the income eligibility for the homestead exemption. LB 986 extends property tax relief to an additional 20,000 homeowners age 65 and older and increases the amount of relief for an additional 10,000 people. The bill is estimated to bring $4.6 million in homestead exemptions to older Nebraskans. “Property taxes are considered by many retirees in Nebraska to …