Talking Points for Action

Posted on 03/10/2014 by | AARP Tennessee | Comments

Advocacy March 14, 2014  This week, the transportation subcommittee in the House, amended HB2156 to something that is more desirable than the original amendment. The original amendment calls for approval of rapid bus transit by the metropolitan government, the TN Department of Transportation and the General Assembly. The new amendment, offered by Representative Bill Dunn, adds a few words to the original amendment, but these few words make the bill much better than the original. Rep. Dunn’s amendment changes it to …

Volunteers needed for Congressional Districts 1, 6 & 8

Posted on 11/27/2013 by | AARP Tennessee | Comments

Advocacy Looking for ways to help folks in your part of the state? AARP has just the right opportunity for you! We have several new volunteer leadership positions for folks who want to work with us on fighting hunger, making our communities more livable for all ages, providing resources for folks caring for loved ones and more. We’re also seeking new volunteers who want to talk to state and federal lawmakers about issues that impact us all – like protecting Medicare and …

Provide YOUR Input for Quality in Long-Term Care

Posted on 10/25/2013 by | AARP Tennessee | Comments

Advocacy QuILTSS is a TennCare project to increase the quality of LTSS provided to TennCare members.  QuILTSS stands for Quality Improvement in Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS).  LTSS include nursing home care as well as home and community based services (HCBS) for seniors and adults who have a physical disability. QuILTSS will help select ways to measure quality that are most important to people who receive LTSS and their families.  These measures will be used to develop a new way to …

Improving Communities in Eastern Tennessee

Posted on 10/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy What kind of community do you want to live in? Do you want more public transportation, nicer parks or a greater focus on health and jobs? Plan East Tennessee (PlanET) is looking at that very question, and AARP volunteers are getting involved to shape the coming decades for east Tennesseans. Transportation is a big concern for many older residents. Volunteer Carl Pagles, 71, attends PlanET meetings and is part of a senior action council that advocated for a grant to …

Volunteer Cooks & Ambassadors needed: Anderson county AARP chapters host joint meeting to discuss the barriers to public transportation

Posted on 09/16/2013 by | AARP Tennessee | Comments

Advocacy Anderson county AARP chapters are hosting a joint meeting to discuss the barriers to public transportation on Tuesday, Oct. 15th . Volunteers are requested to prepare covered dishes for this event.  Volunteers: Please place names on lids/pans or bring disposable serving wear for convenience. Location – Clinton Community Center. 101 Hicks Street Clinton TN Guest speaker – Warren Sectest Chairperson CAC Transit Planning Committee. Topic – Update on the Inclusive Planning for Transportation Program. Open discussion on the transportation needs …

Mortgages and the CFPB, the New Kid on the Consumer Protection Block

Posted on 08/28/2013 by | AARP Tennessee | Comments

Advocacy The newest federal consumer protection agency is the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), created in 2011 in response to the financial crisis of 2007-2008. The CFPB has jurisdiction over banks, credit unions, securities firms, payday lenders, mortgage-service companies, foreclosure relief services, and debt collectors, among other financial institutions.  Thus far it has focused on mortgages, credit cards, and student loans.  It is located inside the Federal Reserve System, with an interim affiliation with the U. S. Treasury Department. The CFPB …