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2023 AARP NJ Advocacy Priorities

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In 2021, 41% of New Jersey voters 50 and older considered leaving the state to live elsewhere. Our current systems are failing New Jerseyans, especially older New Jerseyans. Out of the 41% who considered leaving, 75% say they want lower taxes and 73% want a lower overall cost of living. New Jersey is in an affordability crisis, and everyone should be concerned.

On behalf of our more than 1 million Garden State members and all older New Jerseyans, our priorities in 2023 are focused on solutions that will make New Jersey a place to stay for life.

Read more about our advocacy priorities, including:

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Equitable, Cost-Effective and Targeted Property Tax Relief
  • Supporting the Affordable New Jersey Communities for Homeowners and Renters (ANCHOR) program
  • Converting the Senior Freeze reimbursement into a credit (S259/1501/A320)
Support for Family Caregivers
  • Providing a fully refundable gross income tax credit for certain expenses paid or incurred for care and support of a qualifying senior family member (S2021/A1802)

Fair Prescription Drug Prices
  • Establishing a Prescription Drug Affordability Board (S329/A1747)
  • Giving the Division of Consumer Affairs the responsibility and resources to collect prescription drug pricing data from drug manufactures and all members of the pharmaceutical supply chain (S1615/A2840)
  • Placing an out-of-pocket cap on several life-saving medications including insulin, epi pens, and inhalers (S1614/A2839)
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Affordable Utilities
  • Enacted in April 2023! Helping New Jersey households with low and fixed incomes access the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (S3333/A5020)
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Safe and Quality Long-Term Care System
  • Expanding home and community-based services
  • Allowing presumptive Medicaid eligibility (A4049/S3495)
  • Expanding small house nursing homes
  • Improving transparency and accountability in nursing homes (S2769/A4484 and S2892)
  • Increasing the number of PACE organizations
  • Ensuring access to affordable health care coverage

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