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Statement from AARP Pennsylvania Manager of Advocacy Teresa Osborne
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AARP Pennsylvania State Director Bill Johnston-Walsh released the following statement in response to the Wolf Administration’s proposed nursing home regulations.
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The shift to virtual health care during the coronavirus pandemic brought into focus the reality that many Pennsylvania residents lack technological literacy or access to high-speed internet—both problems that disproportionately affect the state’s older population.
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Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) are trained to diagnose and treat patients, but the state requires the oversight of a doctor for them to prescribe medicine. Nurse practitioners say finding a physician to enter into an agreement with can be difficult and cost as much as $1,000 a month in fees.
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Older adults are frustrated and angry with Pennsylvania’s distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to date, according to a survey of AARP members statewide.
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AARP Pennsylvania State Director Bill Johnston-Walsh  released the following statement in response to Governor Wolf’s 2021-22 budget address:
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AARP is pushing state lawmakers to pass two bills that would provide paid family leave for Pennsylvanians. The proposal includes an insurance program that would be funded by small deductions from workers' paychecks.
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On Social Security’s 85th Anniversary, Survey Finds Nearly All Americans View Social Security as an Important Program
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AARP Pennsylvania has launched “Protect Voters 50+,” a comprehensive voter engagement campaign to support and protect Pennsylvanians age 50 and up as they vote in the 2020 elections. The campaign will provide information on where candidates stand on issues that matter to Pennsylvanians 50-plus and help them cast their votes safely from home or in-person.
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AARP Pennsylvania today encouraged members of the General Assembly and Wolf Administration to reach agreement on legislation that would establish new guidelines for telemedicine services in the Commonwealth.
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