—   Kansas ranks 30th when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents and people with disabilities, and AARP warns more must be done, at an accelerated pace, to meet changing demographic demands. Specific areas of concern in Kansas include support for family caregivers and more effective transitions from nursing homes to home. This, according to 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 …

— With Governor Brownback’s veto of KanCare (the Kansas version of Medicaid) expansion, House Bill 2044, the Kansas House now has the opportunity to put hardworking Kansans first and overturn the governor’s veto. Maren Turner, director of AARP Kansas—with more than 320,000 members age 50 and older in the Sunflower State—issued the following statement, urging the House to take action now. “Hardworking Kansans are counting on their elected State Representatives to override Gov. Brownback’s veto and expand KanCare—bringing access to affordable …

—   At AARP, we believe Medicare is a deal with the American people that must not be broken. Thankfully, President Trump repeatedly said during his historic campaign that he would not allow changes to this popular program.  “I am going to protect and save your Social Security and your Medicare,” he told voters. “You made a deal a long time ago. “ Older voters were instrumental in electing President Trump and the Republican Congress. Now those voters are counting on …

— Kansas lawmakers, many of them new to the Statehouse as a result of the 2016 elections, will began their work in Topeka this week. You can be sure that AARP Kansas volunteers and staff will also be at the State Capitol working hard to educate legislators, both new and returning, about issues that impact those who are 50 and older. Chief among the many issues is passage of the Caregiver, Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act, legislation that would help support …

— Are you ready for your home heating bill to go up– again? Kansas Gas Service Company, which provides service to approximately 635,000 customers in 360 Kansas communities is requesting a $28 million net base rate increase. This increase would affect the portions of a customer’s bill that relate to the delivery of natural gas by KGS. If approved, the average monthly bill for residential customers will increase $4.34 per month, an increase of 7.2 percent.  In addition, KGS is asking the …

— Photo by Stephen Smith Op-Ed by AARP Kansas Director Maren E. Turner, as published in the Wichita Eagle, August 22, 2016   While the race for the White House dominates this summer’s news, new findings about Social Security should concern Kansas workers who are paying into Social Security today. If our leaders don’t act, anyone under age 50 could see their benefits cut by nearly 25 percent starting the day they receive their first Social Security check. We have long …

— On June 3, 2016, AARP welcomed new members and officers to its all-volunteer Board of Directors, including the organization’s newest Board Chair, Joan Ruff, of Kansas.  The new Board President is Eric Schneidewind, of Michigan, the Board member who serves as AARP’s principal volunteer spokesperson. Along with four other officers, they will serve until June of 2018. The all-volunteer, Board of Directors is the governing body of AARP. The Board provides strategic direction, sets policy and provides governance oversight for AARP. …

—   Every year AARP Kansas recognizes an outstanding volunteer in our state with The Andrus Award. The Andrus Award for Community Service honors volunteers who  spark change and improve their communities one act at a time. The award honors the spirit of AARP’s founder, Ethel Percy Andrus, who started AARP when she found a retired educator in need. The Kansas recipient in 2015 was Robert J. “Bob” Roberts, who is an AARP advocacy volunteer and a member of the Pittsburg AARP chapter. …

— AARP Kansas is pleased  to once again to be part of the Financial Freedom Expo, set for Saturday, April 16, in Wichita. The Expo will provide participants with a wide variety of information and resources to promote financial literacy.  This free event will be held from  9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Urban Preparatory Academy located at 2821 E. 24th Street. The Expo is organized by The Community Voice and the Kansas State Conference of NAACP branches which are lead partners of …

— Every 2 seconds, someone’s identity gets stolen. That’s why AARP launched the Fraud Watch Network – to arm people of all ages with the tools they need to spot and avoid scams. By participating in the Fraud Watch Network, Kansans can find out how to protect themselves from fraud and identity theft by learning the common tactics scam artists use to bilk millions of people each year out of billions of dollars. One way consumers can protect themselves is to …