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The OAP is a non-partisan coalition comprised of AARP Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Alliance on Aging, the Oklahoma Silver Haired Legislature Alumni Association and the Oklahoma State Council on Aging.
The 2013 Legislative Report on Aging Issues details nine OAP-endorsed long-term care, home and community-based services, hunger, health and safety bills. These proposals include:
- adding extra oversight and resident protections at Oklahoma’s seven state-operated veterans centers;
- allowing private video surveillance cameras in nursing home rooms;
- adding dementia and Alzheimer’s disease training to law enforcement education; and
- allowing leftover food to be taken home from senior nutrition sites.
In addition, the OAP says it successfully advocated against bills that would have exempted nursing home administrators from being required to have a four-year college degree and a bill that sought to disapprove a new Oklahoma Health Care Authority rule raising the upper income limit in determining eligibility for a Miller Trust.
The OAP meets every year to discuss and collectively agree on which proposed measures the partnership will support or oppose that legislative session. State lawmakers are then informed by the OAP as to which bills will be included in the partnership’s annual report. The annual report includes a record of each legislator’s final vote on selected bills.
The OAP’s overall mission is to advocate for the passage and enactment of legislation that will improve the health, safety and general welfare of Oklahoma’s older citizens.
“Aging advocates feel it is necessary to speak with a unified voice on issues impacting older Oklahomans and the OAP’s annual legislative report is an important tool in accomplishing that goal,” said Chuck Clark, Chairman of the Oklahoma State Council on Aging.
“This report highlights legislation that we as a partnership believe is critically important for advancing the wellbeing of 50+ Oklahomans,” said AARP Oklahoma State President Marjorie Lyons.