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Stay up-to-date on federal and state legislative activities. Learn how AARP is fighting for you in Washington D.C. and right here at home.
With the 2024 general election six months away, a new AARP poll shows that Pennsylvania voters 50 and older are concerned about having the financial resources needed to live securely. From losing money or property to scams and fraud to being concerned about their personal financial situation, voters 50+ are worried about their financial futures.
Legislators in Harrisburg are deciding how much to spend on Aging Our Way, PA: A Plan for Lifelong Independence, the state’s first-ever master plan to improve services such as housing, transportation and health care for older adults. AARP's The Bulletin discussed the plan with Gov. Josh Shapiro (D) in February.
AARP partnered with the Secretary of the Commonwealth Al Schmidt and Deputy Secretary Jonathan Marks for a live, virtual town hall on March 21.
AARP Pennsylvania has again partnered with PCN to bring you a monthly series of programs throughout 2024 centered on issues important to Pennsylvanians 50-plus. The series - "Focus on Aging Adults" - will feature guest experts joining with AARP leaders to discuss legislative and policy issues that impact older Pennsylvanians and their families.
AARP Pennsylvania State Director Bill Johnston-Walsh provided a statement in response to Governor Josh Shapiro's 2024-2025 budget address.
AARP strongly supports proposals that provide equitable, cost-effective, and targeted property tax relief to those most burdened by their property tax bills. As the 2023 tax season begins, thanks to AARP Pennsylvania’s efforts, more Pennsylvanians will receive help through the Commonwealth’s Property Tax Rent Rebate Program, which delivers relief for age and income eligible homeowners and renters.
In a significant step forward for the well-being and rights of older Pennsylvanians, Governor Josh Shapiro recently signed into law three key pieces of legislation supported by AARP Pennsylvania.
“On behalf of our 1.8 million members and all Pennsylvanians 50-plus, AARP Pennsylvania is opposed to the PAWC’s rate adjustment request recently filed with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC). On average, the PAWC proposal would raise water rates for residential customers by at least 25 percent. If approved, charges to the customer could increase by about $17.59 each month -- or $211 a year..."
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 strongly supports new bipartisan legislation, the Alleviating Barriers for Caregivers Act, which would make it easier for family caregivers to navigate key financial and health care programs. The bill was introduced today by Senators Edward Markey (D-MA) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and is co-sponsored by Senators Kyrsten Sinema, (I-AZ), Susan Collins (R-ME), Bob Casey (D-PA) and Thom Tillis (R-NC).
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