Volunteers Needed for Tax Aide and Driver’s Safety

Posted on 08/28/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy AARP UTAH SEEKS VOLUNTEERS FOR FREE TAX ASSISTANCE AND DRIVER SAFETY Please join AARP Utah as a volunteer for these fabulous programs! Tax Aide provides free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low to moderate income through the AARP Foundation.  This is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, giving special attention the older population.  You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this service.  AARP Foundation Tax-Aide thrives due …

AARP National Office Touts AARP Utah’s Efforts on “Work and Save”

Posted on 05/19/2014 by | AARP Utah | Comments

Advocacy By Elaine Ryan, Vice President of State Advocacy and Office Integration, AARP The problem with living in Washington, D.C., too long is that you start to forget all the exciting action happening outside this politics-crazed town. The truth is, the real action is taking place in state capitols around the country. Today I want to take a moment to highlight some of the victories and innovative solutions happening from Hartford to Olympia to help people save for the future and …

FTC Raises Concerns About Hampering Drug Competition

Posted on 04/11/2014 by | AARP Utah | Comments

Advocacy Biologic drugs are often used to treat health conditions that affect older populations, such as cancer, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. Derived from living organisms, biologics have an estimated average cost of $35,000 a year — far more than traditional, chemically derived drugs. Congress recently granted the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority to approve less expensive generic versions of biologic drugs, known as biosimilars or follow-on biologics. But while FDA continues to work on the approval process, policymakers are …

OLDER UTHANS STRONGLY SUPPORT BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO FIGHT AGE DISCRIMINATION

Posted on 03/31/2014 by | AARP Utah | Comments

Advocacy   Older Utahns overwhelmingly support bipartisan legislation to combat age discrimination in the workplace, a new AARP survey shows. The poll last month of registered voters 50 and older found a remarkable 85 percent favor passage of the bipartisan “Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act” (POWADA). Significantly, 53 percent of ALL those interviewed said they “strongly” endorsed the bill.  In contrast, only 9 percent oppose passage, the survey reported. “This AARP survey confirms what Utah residents know: huge majorities demand fairness …

Utah Legislative Wrap-Up for 2014

Posted on 03/18/2014 by | AARP Utah | Comments

Advocacy The 2014 legislative session ended on March 13, and while there is still plenty of work to be done – especially in the area of Medicaid expansion – AARP had a successful session advocating for older Utahns. Here is a rundown of what took place: The legislature passed the Long-Term Care Partnership, SB14, which creates a benefit for Utahns who purchase a qualifying long-term care insurance plan by protecting their assets (up to the value of that plan) from being …

Senate Passes Partial Medicaid Expansion and Allows Governor to Seek Federal Block Grant

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

Advocacy  In breaking news, the Senate passed legislation allowing Governor Herbert to negotiate with the federal government for a block grant that would essentially cover people up to 138 percent of poverty.  Though not an expansion of the Medicaid program, this grant would allow those up to the full expansion category to purchase private insurance with federal funding.  The House has yet to vote on this plan, and passed an expansion version in committee that would use a much smaller amount …