— The North Dakota Legislative Assembly only meets every other year. However, during the “interim,” legislative committees will study a wide array of important issues. AARP will be closely watching issues related to health care access and affordability, home- and community-based services, retirement security, property taxes, and other issues important to 50+ North Dakotans. To keep our members current on these interim studies, AARP North Dakota is hosting a monthly webinar/conference call. During these calls, expect to hear what the interim …

— Have you checked out I ♥ Caregivers yet? Already hundreds in Massachusetts and nationwide have shared their stories about the joys and challenges — as well as advice — about caring for those we love.   “I’ve sacrificed everything to care for my parents: finances, relationships, home, health … but I do my best to take care of myself … Caregiving is both the most difficult and most rewarding thing I’ve ever experienced. “ — Amy   Their stories are …

AARP visits Capitol Hill for State Lobby Day

— April 18, 2017   Governor Dayton: On behalf of our more than 650,000 members statewide, I wanted to take the opportunity to share with you AARP’s priorities for the remainder of this session.  Before doing that, I want to extend AARP’s thanks for your leadership on many issues that are important to our members. We appreciated your strong leadership on providing premium support relief for so many older Minnesotans facing increased health care premiums and the inclusion of funding for …

— Know Your Rights,                                   Make Your Voice HEARD! Special Remarks from: Jay Fisette, Arlington County Board Chair Delegate ‘Rip’ Sullivan, Virginia General Assembly Join us to learn about the legislative process and how you can influence policy at all levels of government.   Resources Available from: Arlington Aging and Disability Services Community Outreach Program Mental Health (BHD) Office of Senior Adult Programs (DPR) Arlington …

— Under a new state law supported by AARP South Dakota, certified nurse practitioners and certified nurse midwives will have more flexibility to serve patients in rural and underserved areas. Since 1979, these highly trained professionals have been allowed to provide care in South Dakota only with physician oversight, even when offering services for which they are trained and educated. The law will allow those who have completed 1,040 hours of practice with physicians or experienced nurse practitioners or certified nurse …

— When former U.S. Sen. Daniel Kahikina Akaka presented his namesake award for outstanding service to seniors to AARP Hawaii, State Director Barbara Kim Stanton made sure to credit AARP’s volunteers and supporters. She insisted on a group picture with the volunteers in red shirts and supporters in the state Legislature. “This award is clearly a tribute to our volunteers as they are critical to AARP Hawaii’s success in all areas,” Stanton said as Sen. Akaka presented the award during Kupuna …

— State Senate Approval of Full Practice Authority for Nurse Practitioners Praised by AARP Pennsylvania AARP Pennsylvania praised members of the state Senate for approving legislation that will improve access to health care services by granting full practice authority to the state’s Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs). Senate Bill 25, sponsored by State Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46), passed by a 39-10 vote on April 26 and will allow qualified APRNs to practice independently in their field of specialty after completing a …

— Settlement with LG&E and Kentucky Utilities a Big Win for Kentuckians Kentucky Attorney General’s Office of Rate Intervention settlement with LG&E and KU to save Kentuckians $90 million annually – $33.2 million of that for residential ratepayers. In response to Attorney General Andy Beshear’s announcement that the Office of Rate Intervention has entered into a settlement with LG&E and KU, AARP Kentucky released the following statement by volunteer State President Charlotte Whittaker. “The bottom line is this settlement with LG&E and …

— From ensuring health care access and affordable utilities to fighting fraud and supporting veterans, AARP Michigan advocates on policy issues that matter the most to Michigan residents age 50 and over and their families. AARP staff and volunteers work on both state and federal legislative issues. In our state legislative advocacy efforts, AARP relies on more than 200 AARP Michigan volunteers, a state office headquartered in Lansing, and our 1.4 million Michigan members. Each year, AARP Michigan publishes its State …

— The 2017 Idaho Legislature has finally adjourned “sine die!” AARP Idaho was at the Capitol the last three months working on your behalf. Many of our members were working with us, both at the Capitol and from their computers, helping to get our voice heard. Accomplishments this year included: Medicare Supplemental “Medigap” carriers will now be required to offer coverage to pre-65 Medicare eligible individuals. (Docket No. 18-0154-1601) Administrative rules encouraging telehealth within the Boards of Pharmacy and Psychologist Examiners …