— AARP is here to help you take on today – and every day. From sharing practical resources, to holding fun activities and events, AARP is providing opportunities to connect and help build an even stronger Georgia for all ages to live, work and play. We hope you’ll join us!

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— In Georgia, an estimated 626,070 people, or 25 percent of the rural population, are without access to 25 Mbps/3 Mbps internet service. This lack of high-speed internet, or broadband as it is commonly referred, can have a lasting impact. AARP Georgia supports broadband expansion because broadband delivers new technologies that are improving the quality of life for people of all ages and can help older Georgians live independently in their homes and communities. It also combats social isolation and improves …

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— On Feb. 13, 2019, the Patients First Act (SB 106) was introduced in the Georgia Senate, with the support of Gov. Brian Kemp, Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan, Speaker David Ralston, and a number of others. This legislation would allow Gov. Kemp to seek two kinds of health waivers for Georgia. The first, a 1115 Waiver, would close the coverage gap for those with incomes up to the federal poverty level, which is about $12,000 in 2019. The other, a 1332 …

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— Representatives Demetrius Douglas (D-78), Alan Powell (R-32), Henry “Wayne” Howard (D-124), Lee Hawkins (R-27), and Mary Robichaux (D-48) introduced the Authorized Electronic Monitoring in Long-term Care Facilities Act (HB 135) in the Georgia House of Representatives. This commonsense, bipartisan bill will give nursing home residents and their family members the ability to install a monitoring device in the resident’s room. This technology will afford an opportunity for virtual visitation, which will help family caregivers to remain connected with their loved …

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— AARP Georgia announced its legislative priorities that will be explored under the Gold Dome during the 2019-2020 Legislative Session. AARP Georgia, with more than 1 million members, advocates for its members who are aged 50-plus. This legislative session, Advocacy Manager Melissa Sinden and a host of AARP Georgia volunteers will seek to engage with elected officials to help advocate for 1) expanding the reach of broadband in rural areas; 2) advancing the implementation of telehealth to connect patients with their …

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— WASHINGTON, DC—AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins released the following statement in response to the State of the Union address this evening: “In tonight’s State of the Union address, AARP was heartened to hear the President highlight the growing crisis of skyrocketing prescription drug prices. Many Americans, particularly older adults and seniors, are struggling financially to afford their medications. “Prescription drug prices have reached a crisis point. Too many Americans are being forced to choose between paying for the medicines they …

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— WASHINGTON, DC—Today AARP National Volunteer President Dr. Catherine Alicia Georges, EdD, RN, testified on Capitol Hill at the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform about the impact of high prescription drug prices on older adults. Below are some excerpts of her prepared testimony: “Prescription drug prices are a high priority for AARP and its members. Older Americans struggle to afford needed and life-saving medications. Most Medicare beneficiaries live on modest incomes, with an annual median of just over $26,000. …

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— In Georgia, an estimated 626,070 people, or 25 percent of the rural population, are without access to 25 Mbps/3 Mbps internet service. This lack of high-speed internet, or broadband as it is commonly referred, can have a lasting impact. AARP Georgia supports broadband expansion because broadband delivers new technologies that are improving the quality of life for people of all ages and can help older Georgians live independently in their homes and communities. It also combats social isolation and improves …