— Read our first AARP IOWA e-NEWS – January 2019 Legislative Session Begins Jan. 14 Passing Iowa CARE Act is Top Priority! Once again, the Iowa legislative session is upon us, beginning Monday, Jan. 14, followed by the Governor’s State of the State address on Tuesday. For AARP Iowa, our top legislative priority is passing the 2019 Iowa CARE Act, a no-cost, common-senses bill that provides needed support to Iowa’s 317,000 family caregivers when their loved one is admitted to the …

— Dear Friends, I hope that the Holidays brought Peace and Joy and that the New Year is a Healthy one for you and the one you ‘care’for.  I also hope that you gave yourself a Special gift- the gift of doing something for yourself. A time out or time away from your normal tasks and duties. Sometimes just having that time can refresh you and also allow your cancer patient to do something for you! Do you feel obligated to …

— AARP Montana is fighting for commonsense solutions to support Montana’s unsung heroes With the launch of the 2019 legislative session, AARP Montana is gearing up to fight for commonsense solutions to support Montana’s unsung heroes — family caregivers. More than 118,000 Montanans care for older parents, spouses, children and adults with disabilities or other loved ones, helping them to live independently in their homes and communities — exactly where they want to be. AARP advocates for family caregivers — and …

—   Caring for a loved one and have questions about their insurance options? Good news! AARP’s two-part question and answer webinar has the answers—and it’s free to attend. Register now to get expert advice about Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance and other payment options. The webinar will also cover how to submit claims and appeal them when they’ve been denied. Plus, you’ll have the chance to get your questions answered live during the event! Attend and you’ll learn all about: Coverage …

— Did you ever worry about having an accident and not being able to speak to the doctors or nurses?  Suppose they started asking advice from someone who doesn’t know what treatments you would want, or not want.   Suppose they could end up doing things to you that you would never have wanted. Suppose they don’t know about your allergies to medications or foods.  Suppose they don’t know about religious/dietary restrictions. If only you had answered those questions in advance so …

North Dakota State Capitol

— 2019 Legislature – Advocacy Activity 1/18/2019 The Department of Human Services presented its budget requests to the Senate Appropriations Committee on three consecutive days this week (Senate Bill 2012). AARP was front and center on Thursday and Friday supporting the needs of older North Dakotans. Thursday we testified to the committee about the need to continue Medicaid Expansion in the state. The program helps 20,000 North Dakotans receive health insurance, and a large percentage of them are between the ages …

— AARP Advocacy Day at the Capitol will take place on Tuesday, January 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the N.D. State Capitol. All AARP members are invited to participate. We will have busses traveling from Minot and Fargo to help members with transportation. You will have the opportunity to take part in the legislative process by attending hearings and floor sessions, and visiting with your legislators. AARP staff and volunteers will guide you through the Capitol and give …

5 States

— Tallahassee, Fla. – AARP Florida Friday urged Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis’s new administration to “rebalance” Florida’s Medicaid long-term care budget so frail older and disabled Floridians could get more help to remain in their homes and communities, rather than being cared for in institutions such as nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Such a shift could make wiser use of Medicaid dollars and help Florida make progress on whittling down its growing waiting lists for care at a time when Florida’s …

— AARP volunteers head to the Virginia General Assembly on Wednesday to ask lawmakers for legislation to provide a tax credit for family caregivers and to help workers save for retirement. “Virginia’s elected officials have a chance to assist family caregivers who spend their own money to keep their loved ones out of nursing homes,” said Jim Dau, AARP Virginia State Director. “These family caregivers are the unrecognized backbone of Virginia’s long-term care system while sacrificing their own financial security; this …

— New Law in New Jersey: Paid Sick Leave Across New Jersey more than 1 million family caregivers help their parents, spouses and other loved ones so they can remain at home – where they want to be. The majority of family caregivers also juggle full or part-time jobs while caregiving. AARP advocated for passage of the New Jersey Paid Sick Leave Act and, on October 29, 2018, New Jersey became the 10th state in the nation to require employers to provide …