In the legislative session that begins Jan. 8, AARP Idaho is urging state lawmakers to pass the Idaho Family Caregiver Act, which would help caregivers confidently perform medical or nursing tasks when a loved one comes home from a hospital stay. The bill would let every hospital patient designate a family caregiver and would require hospitals to make reasonable efforts to show those caregivers how to perform follow-up care.

Other legislative priorities include creating a way for small-business employees to save for retirement at work and allowing people without access to transportation to consult with doctors via telehealth.

AARP is encouraging members to get involved in these issues from the comfort of their home. As e-activists, members can make a difference simply by responding to email alerts. To sign up, go to