AARP New Mexico
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JUN 2, 2023
The Andrus Award for Community Service honors a volunteer or volunteer couple who have gone above and beyond everyday volunteering and make a powerful impact on their community. It is our most prestigious volunteer award.
MAR 20, 2023
AARP New Mexico staff and volunteers gathered Thursday with other supporters to discuss the future of the Paid Family and Medical Leave Act. Senate Bill 11 was one of AARP’s priorities for the 2023 Legislative Session. Despite being passed by the Senate, the bill was tabled by the House Commerce and Economic Development Committee earlier this week, ending the bill for this Session. “Providing family caregivers with more resources, especially those that allow them to continue to work while caring for a loved one, is a top priority for AARP,” said Othiamba Umi, AARP New Mexico Advocacy Director.
MAR 1, 2023
With just over 18 days left in the 2023 New Mexico Legislative Session, things are moving slowly but in traditional fashion expected to start speeding up with marathon sessions taking place in both houses as the days start to dwindle. To date, there are no bills on the Governor’s desk but 20 have passed both houses and are waiting nearby.
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FEB 23, 2023
AARP New Mexico is joining with America Walks to offer a six-month, distance-learning fellowship program for people interested in advocating to make their communities more walkable. Participants, known as fellows, will complete a series of modules covering leadership development, coalition-building, walkable community design, local public policy, and strategic planning.
A new state law eliminated the state income tax on Social Security benefits for most retirees, starting with the 2022 tax year.
AARP New Mexico seeks nominations for its 2022 state Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors 50 plus New Mexicans who are sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community members. “AARP New Mexico is excited to highlight and honor individuals who are using what they have learned in life to make a difference in their communities,” said Joseph P. Sanchez, AARP New Mexico State Director.
Volunteering and helping others has been at the heart of everything Louise Tracey-Hosa, of Las Cruces does.
The New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department is conducting a virtual summer series on Medicare, with the first presentation taking place Wednesday, June 22. The Department’s State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) will offer New Mexico residents free, expert, unbiased information and assistance with to help with their Medicare decisions by sharing information through these “Medicare 101” workshops.
AARP New Mexico officials recently met with representatives from the offices of Senators Martin Heinrich and Ben Ray Lujan to highlight the urgent need for Congress to address the high cost of prescription drugs. Both Senators reaffirmed their commitment to working toward lowering drug costs, indicting it is a high priority for them. AARP New Mexico also virtually delivered a petition to the Senators signed by 31,499 New Mexicans calling for Congress to act now and stop unfair drug prices.
The annual Silver City Blues Festival is back and in person and AARP New Mexico will once again be a proud sponsor of the event. After two years of a virtual festival during the pandemic, the flagship event in Silver City will be held over Memorial Weekend with in-park festivities, Saturday, May 28, and additional music at the TOAD, which partnered with the city this year.
AARP is encouraging New Mexico voters to make their voices heard by casting their ballots in the Tuesday, June 7, primary election.
AARP New Mexico’s Las Cruces chapter is sharing an overview of outcomes from the 2022 state legislative session and their impact on residents.
The New Mexico Legislature early Thursday morning, Feb. 17, passed a compromise tax package that included eliminating the tax on Social Security benefits for moderate income retirees. Those earning over $100,000 annually would still be subject to the tax.
One of AARP’s priority issues for the Session – eliminating the tax on Social Security benefits – has hit several hurdles, despite five different bills being introduced that aim at eliminating the tax in some manner.
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