— 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 Kansas for all ages to live, work and play. We hope you’ll join us!

—   AARP’s social impact work is at the heart of all we do. As a strong, nonpartisan advocate for social change at the local, state and national levels, AARP fights for issues that matter to people 50-plus, their families and society. Here in Kansas, our work during the 2019 Kansas Legislative Session will focus on, but is not limited to, the following issues of important to the residents of the Sunflower State: Caregiver Support: AARP Kansas will continue our work …

—   AARP Kansas works across the state to help make life better for our citizens who are 50 and older. We advocate for passage of laws that help Kansas residents remain in their homes and communities. Our work would not be possible without the hundreds of volunteers across our state who devote their time and talents to advocacy, community service, and fraud prevention. We also have volunteers who teach the AARP Driver Safety Program courses throughout the state and who …

— Kansans who aren’t able to put money away for retirement through payroll deductions at work may soon have another way to save. More than 420,000 residents, or about 42 percent of the state’s private-sector workers, don’t have a way to save for retirement through their jobs. AARP Kansas is working with legislators to develop a “work-and-save” program so small businesses can provide employees with professionally managed and easy-to-use investment options. AARP Kansas is asking members to contact their legislators (through …

— AARP Kansas wants older residents to be able to stay in their homes and communities, to afford their utilities and to have the resources necessary for health care. When the legislature returns Jan. 14, AARP Kansas will be working on those issues with lawmakers and the Capital City Task Force, a group of AARP volunteers. During the session, AARP Kansas and volunteer advocates will be focusing on ways to help family caregivers, as well as on issues of financial security. …

— According to the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC), the application, filed by Kansas Gas Service in June, requests a $42.7 million dollar net base rate increase. If approved, the average residential customer’s natural gas bill will increase by $5.67 per month, an increase of 10 percent. A complete copy of Kansas Gas Service’s application and supporting testimony is available on the Commission’s website. The following is testimony presented by AARP Kansas Associate State Director Andrea Bozarth before the Kansas Corporation Commission …

— For the hundreds of thousands of caregivers across Kansas tirelessly caring for their parents, spouses, and other loved ones so they can live independently at home, help is here. The Kansas Lay Caregiver Act took effect on July 1, 2018, giving caregivers support as their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home. Across Kansas, 345,000 caregivers spend four million hours each year caring for loved ones – a contribution totaling about $3.8 billion in unpaid care. …

— AARP Kansas recognizes and values the contributions made by our team of volunteers throughout our state to help improve the quality of life for Kansans age 50 and older. Whether they volunteer in the areas of advocacy, community service and/or serve on our Executive or Diversity Councils, the Volunteer Support Team or the Capital City Task Force, they provide invaluable service in their communities and in the state. Each year, AARP Kansas gives special recognition to three outstanding volunteers or …

— A new law, which took effect July 1, aims to ease the transition from hospital to home for patients and their caregivers. Under the Kansas Lay Caregiver Act, hospitals must give every patient an opportunity to designate a caregiver. The hospital must make reasonable efforts to notify the caregiver when the patient is transferred or released, and to show the caregiver how to handle follow-up care at home. More than 345,000 Kansans serve as unpaid family caregivers. For more information, …

— Westar Energy customers living in Wichita will have a chance to ask questions and find out more information about the company’s latest proposed rate increase request.  The Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) has scheduled a public hearing on Thursday, June 28 at 6:00 p.m. in Wichita to receive input from Westar Energy customers on the company’s request. The public hearing will be held at Wichita State University’s Lowe Auditorium located at 5015 E. 29th St. N. in Wichita. Attendees will have the opportunity …

—   Every day in Kansas, more than 340,000 people care for a loved one, helping them to live independently at home and in the community. While family caregiving is a labor of love, it can also be emotionally, physically and financially challenging. Thankfully, a new law called The Kansas Lay Caregiver Act is now helping family caregivers across our state. The Kansas Lay Caregiver Act, which goes into effect on July 1, 2018, is a law that helps family caregivers when …