Kansas House Health and Human Services Committee to Hear Testimony on the CARE Act

Posted on 02/2/2016 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

  On Wednesday, February 3, 2016, the Kansas House Health and Human Services Committee will hold a hearing on House Bill 2058, the CARE Act.  The CARE Act, introduced at the request of AARP Kansas to support the state’s more than 345,000 caregivers, will assist caregivers when the person for whom they are providing care is released from the hospital. The CARE Act allows hospital patients to designate a caregiver whose name is recorded in hospital records. If a caregiver is designated, …

Top Scams of 2015 — And What You Should Watch for in 2016

Posted on 01/20/2016 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

  Now that 2015 has come to a close, tax season is just around the corner and with it comes our nation’s largest scam: IRS fraud. IRS scams are the most common con and pose a continued threat to the American taxpayer. Using threats and intimidation, phony IRS agents have stolen millions of dollars out of the pockets of hard working Americans. Each year we see more sophisticated tools and technology being used to generate doubt and panic in even …

Native American Cooks Learn About Managing Diabetes

Posted on 01/7/2016 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

  Forty Native American cooks took part in the Intertribal Solutions annual cooking class sponsored by AARP, The American Association of Indian Physicians (AAIP) and the four federally recognized tribes in Kansas. The class is held in November each year to call attention to diabetes as November is Native American Heritage Month and Diabetes Awareness Month. The cooks learned how to make a healthy, nutritional meal using traditional indigenous foods.   New this year was an exercise break built into …

Giving Family Caregivers the Know-How They Need

Posted on 01/1/2016 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

State lawmakers are expected to consider legislation this year that could ease the transition from hospital to home for patients and their caregivers. Known as the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act, the legislation would allow hospital patients in Kansas to designate a family member or friend as a caregiver. Hospitals would be required to make reasonable efforts to notify caregivers about their loved ones’ discharge plans and to prepare each caregiver to handle the patient’s followup needs. About 345,000 …

AARP Recognizes Kansas Caregivers — Presents Portrait of Care to Wichita Woman

Posted on 12/21/2015 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

  AARP is honoring the 40 million Americans – more than 345,000 from Kansas – who help older parents, grandparents, spouses and other loved ones live independently at home, where they want to be.  The unpaid care they provide – managing medications, cooking meals, driving to appointments, performing complex medical tasks and more – is valued at about $4.1 billion annually in Kansas alone. Charity Chrans, from Wichita, is one of these unsung heroes.  She says about caring for her …

AARP Kansas Testifies At Atmos Energy Rate Hike Request Hearing

Posted on 12/8/2015 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

  AARP Kansas Advocacy Volunteer David Wilson provided testimony at the Atmos Energy rate hike request public hearing on December 1, 2015 in Overland Park.  Wilson was the only member of the public to speak at the hearing which was live-streamed on the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) website. According to the KCC website, on August 13th, 2015, Atmos Energy filed an application with the Kansas Corporation Commission for a $5.6 million base rate increase, stating that current rates are not …