— New Governor addressed key challenges facing the state’s growing 50-plus population in his State of the State Address last night. LAS VEGAS, NV – Last night, new Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak gave his inaugural State of the State address in Carson City. As a non-partisan advocacy organization focused on the issues and concerns of Nevadans 50-plus, we listened with great interest as Governor Sisolak set his agenda for his administration and listened carefully for what it might mean for aging …

— On January 15, State Senators Sue Crawford and Machaela Cavanaugh introduced LB 311, the Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Act. AARP strongly supports this measure to offer employed family caregivers paid leave from their jobs to care for their loved ones. Nearly two in three family caregivers in the workforce are caring for a relative age 65 or older. We believe that Nebraskans should be able to care for their family members without worrying about losing their income. Importantly, …

— AARP Maine Celebrates Release of Senior Housing Bond Funds   **Do you need assistance locating affordable housing options for you or someone you know? For information and to get your questions answered, contact: Maine Housing Authority Avesta Housing Your local housing authority 2-1-1 CAP agencies Maine Area Agencies on Aging   On Tuesday, January 15th, AARP Maine held a news conference in the State House Hall of Flags to celebrate the release of Senior Housing Bond funds earmarked for older …

— AARP is proud to announce our fifth annual bipartisan class of Capitol Caregivers, who fought this year to increase support for family caregivers and their loved ones. Nationwide, AARP has recognized legislators in each state for the support they have provided for caregivers. Here in Delaware, Reps. Ruth Briggs King and Debra Heffernan are this year’s awardees. AARP in Delaware thanks them for all they do to make life better for Delaware’s 123,000 family caregivers. Capitol CaregiversEvery day, more than …

— AARP will host Senator Chris Coons for a LIVE conversation on health care, which was one of the most important issues in the recent elections. The Senator will give insights and take questions on the Affordable Care Act, RX drug prices, family caregiving and more! Delaware is home to 123,000 family caregivers, according to a 2014 AARP survey. We know these dedicated family members spend many unpaid hours caring for a loved one. Supporting these caregivers an important part of …

— Greetings from Lori Parham, AARP Maine State Director As the New Year gets underway, I am happy to share our latest member newsletter with you. 2018 was quite a year for AARP in Maine. Our team of staff, volunteers and member activists worked tirelessly to highlight urgent issues that impact 50+ Mainers at the state and federal levels during the elections.  We hosted many programs around the state to bring your voices to both Augusta and Washington.  We also offered …

— AARP SC, League of Women Voters and Richland Library to hold public form on redistricting and new voting technology A panel of stake holders will talk election reform and how the public can influence this discussion. The state of South Carolina is poised to purchase a new voting system to replace the current, bulky, aged out system. What kind of system will ensure secure, accurate, transparent and verifiable elections? Proposed South Carolina legislation would require unbiased criteria and a non-partisan …

— By Lupe Wissel, AARP Idaho state director On behalf of AARP Idaho and our 186,000 members across the Gem State, I would like to applaud Governor Little’s priorities outlined in his first State of the State address. We agree Proposition 2 deserves full funding and implementation as soon as possible. Idaho voters spoke overwhelmingly in favor of expanding Medicaid. It’s now vital that Legislators administer the will of the people, without instituting barriers, and provide increased access to health care …

— Increase for non-Medicaid Services for the Elderly Supports Working, Middle Class Family Caregivers ALBANY, N.Y. – AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel issued the following statement today on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2019-20 New York State Executive Budget proposal: “Governor Cuomo’s proposed $15 million increase for services that support working and middle class family caregivers in caring for their loved ones at home would help thousands of families. This is a smart and visionary investment; these services help prevent unwanted …

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— On behalf of the 1.3 million AARP members in Georgia, we want to congratulate Gov. Brian Kemp, sworn in Monday as Georgia’s 83rd governor, as well as members of the 2019-2020 state legislature, which began its 40-day session today. AARP Georgia applauds your commitment to public service, and we look forward to working with you to find ways to improve the lives of America’s 50 and older population. AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people to choose …