AARP Advocates spoke…we listened. View the results of our 2018 Legislative Priorities Survey and a special message from AARP Volunteer State President Jim Campbell.
FROM THE PRESIDENT OF AARP MARYLAND:
With more than 890,000 members statewide, AARP Maryland is the voice of the 50+ in your community. We are working to support family caregivers, promote retirement security, and achieve affordable and reliable utilities for all Marylanders. During the 2018 primary and general election season, we will work to make sure that candidates for state and congressional office are paying attention to the pocketbook issues that affect the health and quality of life for all of us. To succeed, we need the help of people like you.
Join our volunteer advocacy corps!
- Meet with local lawmakers to share concerns and priorities.
- Testify before legislative committees.
- Attend candidate forums and town halls.
- Become part of our digital army to spread the word on social media.
Together we can create Real PossibilitiesÂ® right here in Maryland.
Earned Sick and Safe Leave
Forty percent of private-sector workers in Maryland are unable to earn paid sick days, meaning they are more likely to go to work sick and more likely to delay medical care. That is why AARP Maryland will fight to overturn the governorâ€™s veto of legislation passed by the 2017 General Assembly, which would require Maryland employers to provide earned sick and safe leave. The bill outlines how earned leave would be accrued by the employee and treated by the employer. It also requires that an employer allow an employee to use earned leave and provides for sick leave usage for eldercareâ€”a provision that is especially helpful for those who are family caregivers.
Elder Abuse and Exploitation
AARP will support legislative proposals to protect our most vulnerable Marylanders aged 50-plus from abuse and exploitation.
Maryland Prescription Drug Affordability Initiative
Name-brand and specialty drug prices are rising at double the pace of any other health care spending category and 15 times greater than the rate of inflationâ€”and many Marylanders are struggling to keep pace. AARP supports legislation banning industry gag rules that prohibit pharmacists from telling consumers about less costly drug options. The bill also requires drug manufacturers to provide notice and justification for new expensive drugs or large price increases for existing drugs; and creates a Maryland Prescription Drug Cost Review Commission to establish payment rates for expensive drugs that create significant affordability issues for Marylanders
Maryland Teachers and State Employee Pension Sustainability
AARP Maryland supports the recommendations of the Benefit Sustainability Commission to restructure benefits, provide longer service and vesting requirements, and increase contributions from current employees. AARP also supports measures calling for the state to meet its contribution for sustainability.
CONSUMER AND PERSONAL RIGHTS
AARP Maryland is working to ensure that all Marylanders have access to vital communication servicesâ€”including reliable and affordable landline and cellular phone serviceâ€”as well as broadband (high-speed internet).
Gas and Electric Surcharges
AARP advocates for consumer protections for utilities customers, including fighting new or increased surcharges, to ensure affordable and reliable gas and electricity.
AARP is committed to protecting consumers from predatory water bill collection practices, such as potentially losing oneâ€™s home in a residential tax sale due to of late payment.
How can you get involved?
Advocate for Maryland:
Sign up to become an AARP advocate and you will receive email action alerts on issues you care about: aarp.org/getinvolved
Volunteer with Us:
UseÂ your talents, knowledge, experience and time to help make life better in your community. We offer a variety of volunteer opportunities. Email us at: email@example.com or call toll free 866-542-8163 for more information.
Keep Up to Date:
Get the latest news and information about AARP efforts and events on our state web page: aarp.org/md.
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