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— AARP today celebrates the enactment of the Kentucky Family Caregivers Act.  We applaud legislative leaders and Governor Bevin for signing this bill, which will benefit caregivers and their loved ones. In addition to Governor Bevin, AARP Kentucky salutes the leadership of Paul Hornback, his co-sponsors Senators Julie Raque Adams, Danny Carroll, C.B. Embry, and Representative Addia Wuchner. “Kentucky’s elected officials worked together on behalf of our state’s most passionate unpaid workers, family caregivers,” said Charlotte Whittaker, AARP Kentucky State President. …

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— Schedule an AARP presentation Does your community group need a speaker? AARP volunteers can deliver presentations on a variety of topics to groups of 25 or more almost anywhere in Kentucky. We can tailor the length of the talk to fit the group’s needs. Topics include: Fraud (20-45 mins.) – AARP helps attendees protect themselves and their loved ones by looking at fraud trends and behavior; The Con Artist’s Play Book; prevention techniques and resources. Caregiving (20-45 mins.) – AARP …

— Statement by AARP Kentucky State Director, Ron Bridges, on Senate Passage of SB 129 – Kentucky Family Caregivers Act. “This is an important step for family caregivers and their loved ones. AARP is thankful to the Senate for passing SB 129, and for the leadership of Senator Paul Hornback, R-Shelby and his co-sponsors Senators Julie Raque Adams, R-Jefferson and C.B. Embry, R-Ohio. Senate Bill 129 would help to improve post-discharge outcomes by improving coordination with family caregivers, reduce costly hospital …

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— At AARP Kentucky, 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 …

— When the General Assembly convenes Jan. 3, AARP advocates will be on the ground in Frankfort, pressing for legislation important to Kentuckians age 50-plus. To support the estimated 648,000 family caregivers in the state, AARP is seeking passage of the Kentucky Caregivers Act, which would provide information and training for family caregivers before a loved one comes home from a hospital stay. Another priority is developing a “work and save” option for nearly 795,000 private-sector workers whose employers do not …

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— Good morning, My name is Jim Kimbrough. I am the State President of AARP Kentucky. AARP represents 470,000 members here in Kentucky.  AARP fights for issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, family caregiving and independent living. Like Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, all of us at AARP know “there are only four kinds of people in this world—those who have been caregivers, those who currently are caregivers, those who will be caregivers and those who need caregivers.” …

— In a recent AARP survey, Kentucky registered voters 45 and older strongly supported proposals to help family caregivers navigate the health care system on their loved ones’ behalf. More than 8 in 10 respondents said hospitals should record a caregiver’s contact information in the patient’s chart upon admission. More than 9 in 10 support requiring the hospital to keep the caregiver informed when the patient is discharged and requiring the hospital to show the caregiver how to perform follow-up medical …

— In a recent AARP survey, 4 in 5 Kentucky voters ages 35-64 and of all political views expressed concerns about low retirement savings. More than half of private sector workers in Kentucky—almost 800,000 people—have no way to save for retirement through automatic payroll deductions. AARP Kentucky is asking lawmakers to create a Work and Save plan, which would make it easier for small businesses to offer their employees a way to save. The plan would be voluntary and portable, so …

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— Statewide Public Medicaid Coverage Forums Schedule Proposed changes to Kentucky’s Medicaid program are under review by federal officials at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). In August, Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ Department for Medicaid submitted the state’s 1115 Medicaid Waiver to CMS. The demonstration waiver, Kentucky HEALTH (Helping to Engage and Achieve Long Term Health), is now open for the federal public comment period until October 8, 2016. A series of eight public forums are …

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— Kentucky Caregiver Resource Guide Caregiving may be one of the most important roles you will ever take on in your life. You may have become a caregiver suddenly or perhaps your role has evolved over time. No matter where you are in the continuum of caregiving—starting to plan, helping with a big move, or taking care of a family member in your home—having resources at your fingertips will make the process easier. With many organizations in Kentucky offering different types …