— AARP Missouri staff and volunteers were in attendance as the governor signed the CARE Act into law. The CARE Act, legislation supported by AARP, offers unpaid family caregivers needed support by requiring hospitals to record the name of the caregiver when their loved one is admitted, notifying the caregiver when their loved one is to be moved or discharged, and instructing the caregiver on the medical tasks they will  need to perform at home. Across Missouri, family caregivers spend over …

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— Join AARP in Missouri on Wednesday, July 18, at 10:00 am for a live tele-town hall event about voter engagement with Secretary of State, Jay Ashcroft. Attendees will be educated about the importance of voting in this year’s upcoming elections and gain a better understanding of Missouri’s voter ID laws. Be The Difference. Vote. To register to join us for this important event, sign up here, or stream it online: access.live/AARP-MO.  

— The 2018 regular session is in the books!  AARP was there throughout the session working hard for our members and all Missourians. Read the highlights (and lows) below of what was a truly memorable year! CARE Act Passes the General Assembly! In the final day of the Missouri Legislative Session, Senate Bill 718, which contained the CARE Act, passed the Missouri General Assembly. On Monday, Brian Colby, government relations director for the Missouri Budget Project and a member of the …

— By Tim Poor Dessa Paris has been cycling seriously for more than two decades, but it was just two years ago that she decided to share her passion with other older adults. The result was Boomers and Bikes, an AARP-sponsored program in which Paris leads cyclists age 50-plus on monthly scenic tours in the St. Louis area. The program, free for AARP members and guests, is great exercise for participants and also benefits Paris, 56. “It’s given me the opportunity …

— The CARE Act is imperative for Missouri Families and it is important that it passes during the 2018 Missouri Legislative Session. Missouri families will benefit if the CARE Act becomes law. Learn more below. What will “the 2018 Missouri CARE Act do? “The 2018 Missouri CARE Act” recognizes the critical role family caregivers play in keeping their loved ones out of costly institutions. The bill includes three commonsense steps: Designate: A patient has the opportunity to designate and record a …

— By Tim Poor The General Assembly’s budget cuts this year directly affected thousands of older adults on low incomes, but Jinny Hopp is hoping the 2018 session will reverse the impact. Reductions in spending for home- and community-based care eliminated services to about 8,300 older and disabled Missourians. The expiration of a program to help pay for medications will affect more than 60,000. Hopp, an AARP volunteer in Carthage who leads a caregiver support group, said the cuts will make …

— AARP Missouri is meeting with legislators, hospital administrators and health care professionals this month to garner support for a measure that could help family caregivers when a loved one comes home from a hospital stay. The Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act would allow every hospital patient in the state to designate a family caregiver. The hospital would make reasonable attempts to inform the caregiver before the patient is discharged and to show the caregiver how to perform medical tasks …

— By John Reinhart As longtime family caregivers, Virginia Hopp and Rebecca McClanahan understand the importance of providing support to the thousands of Missourians caring for aging family members. Hopp, 72, of Carthage, and McClanahan, 65, of Kirksville, are both ardent advocates for passage of the CARE Act, which has died without a hearing in the Missouri General Assembly each of the past two years. Key provisions of the CARE Act (formally known as the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable Act) would …

— The 2017 Missouri Legislative Session has come to an end.  Since January, the latest crop of legislators has been working with the new governor, Eric Greitens, to push forward their vision for the State of Missouri.  It became evident early in the session that AARP would be in the position of defending our lower income members from cuts to services or increased state taxes. View the AARP Missouri End of Session WrapUp 2017.

— AARP Missouri successfully blocked a bill in 2016 that would have made consumers bear the risk of weather-related changes in utility costs. AARP members flooded their elected officials’ email inboxes and phone lines with messages opposing the legislation. Thanks to their efforts, and several state senators from both parties, the measure was defeated. But the big utilities will be back in 2017, pushing more aggressively for the same legislation. On another track, the state’s two largest utilities, Ameren and KCP&L, …