AARPRI supports Medicare Savings Program Expansion

Posted on 05/26/2015 by | AARP Rhode Island | Comments

Advocacy In a letter of support signed by State Director Kathleen Connell, AARP Rhode Island today urged the House Finance Committee to recommend passage of a bill that would improve access to Medicare programs and help those with limited incomes pay premiums and out-of-pocket costs.         May 26, 2015 Representative Raymond E. Gallison, Jr. Chairman House Committee on Finance Dear Chairman Gallison, AARP supports House Bill H5201, An Act Relating to Human Services – Medical Assistance, which expands the …

Renewing the call to reform RI payday lending

Posted on 05/20/2015 by | AARP Rhode Island | Comments

Advocacy | Money & Work AARPRI joined a group of the state’s public interest advocates to testify once again on a bill to reign in Rhode Island payday lenders. These out-of-state  lenders increasingly target recipients of Social Security and other government benefits, including disability and veteran’s benefits. Below is the May 20th written testimony submitted by AARP@TheStateHouse volunteer Gerry McAcoy as well as video of his oral testimony.     Testimony, HB 5553 AN ACT RELATING TO FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS – SMALL LOAN LENDERS House Committee on …

Message to Smith Hill: Do the Right Thing

Posted on 05/19/2015 by | AARP Rhode Island | Comments

Advocacy AARP Rhode Island today sent letters to Gov. Gina Raimondo and the leaders of the House and Senate, urging that the state’s $14.2 million revenue surplus be deposited in the state pension fund — as mandated by law. An article in the proposed 2016 state budget would, instead, transfer the surplus to the general fund. In addition to the letters to Raimondo, Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed and House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, AARP drafted testimony to present to the Senate Finance committee opposing …

A Better Formula for Senior Center Funding

Posted on 05/14/2015 by | AARP Rhode Island | Comments

Community | Uncategorized Proposed Legislation Would Base Funding on a Community’s 65+ Population AARP Rhode Island testified before a Senate Committee considering a change that would distribute funds to towns and cities based on formula that matches the senior population. AARP submitted a letter of support and Executive Council Member Ann Gardella testified.   May 21, 2015 The Honorable Daniel DaPonte Chairman Senate Committee on Finance State House Providence, RI 02903 Subject: Senate Bill 838 to establish the Community Senior Services Grant Program …

AARPRI to Senators: Reauthorize Older Americans Act

Posted on 05/8/2015 by | AARP Rhode Island | Comments

Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing Older Rhode Islanders rely on Older American Act services  (May 8, 2015) In letters to Rhode Island Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, AARP State Director Kathleen Connell today called for their votes to reauthorize the Older Americans Act. “The Older Americans Act provides a foundation that allows Rhode Island to continue to be a great place for older Americans to call home,” Connell said. Here is the full text of the letters:   Dear Senator: AARP Rhode Island urges …

AARPRI Urges Senate Passage of the CARE Act

Posted on 05/1/2015 by | AARP Rhode Island | Comments

Caregiving Testimony by Enzo Pastore, AARP Government Affairs AARP Rhode Island Testimony SB 481 CAREGIVER ADVISE RECORD AND ENABLE ACT Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Thursday, April 30, 2015 Good afternoon Chairperson Miller and members of the Health and Human Services Committee. My name is Enzo Pastore. I am a Senior Legislative Representative in AARP’s Government Affairs Department in Washington, D.C. I am grateful for the opportunity to appear before you today and share AARP’s strong support of Senate Bill …