For the first time since AARP began publishing the Scorecard in 2011, more than half of Medicaid long-term care dollars nationwide for older adults and people with physical disabilities went to home- and community-based services instead of nursing homes and other institutions.
AARP Maryland State President Jim Campbell published the following letter to the editor in the June 25 edition of the Capital Gazette newspaper, addressing shortcomings in Social Security Administration operations:
The 445th Legislative Session of the Maryland General Assembly ended Monday, April 10, 2023. Over the 90 days of the legislative session, dozens of AARP Maryland volunteers reviewed hundreds of bills, from expanding broadband to behavioral health services, testified before the house and senate committees, met with lawmakers, and convened in Annapolis to discuss AARP’s legislative priorities.
A lifesaving new law caps insulin costs for people with Medicare, saving people with diabetes hundreds of dollars per year. Now, 8,403 Marylanders enrolled in Medicare prescription drug plans will have peace of mind knowing that they will no longer have to pay more than $35 a month for the insulin they need to stay healthy.
The unpaid care provided by the 760,000 caregivers in Maryland is valued at $12.5 billion, according to new state data available in AARP’s latest report in the Valuing the Invaluable series. This is a $2.9 billion increase in unpaid contributions since the last report was released in 2019. The report highlights the growing scope and complexity of family caregiving and highlights actions needed to address the many challenges of caring for parents, spouses, and other loved ones.