— 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 …

— Many issues face the Missouri legislature this year including a looming budget deficit and many Missourians still without access to prescription drug assistance through the MO Rx Program or Home and Community Based Services through the Missouri Medicaid Program, known as MO HealthNet. Check this webpage on Fridays for weekly updates.  AARP Missouri is working for you in Jeff City! More Calls for Governor’s Resignation Early this week, Attorney General Josh Hawley announced that his office had been investigating allegations …

— 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, …

— As AARP Missouri looks ahead to the 2017 Missouri legislative session, several rate hike proposals by the state’s monopoly utilities are staring us in the face. Starting this month, Kansas City Power and Light (KCP&L) will have public hearings on their rate case to raise rates by an average of $9.00 per month for each residential customer. A similar proposal by Ameren Missouri will hold public hearings in January. Hearing dates are noted below for December KCP&L hearings and customers …

— By Tim Poor As a registered nurse who worked at a hospital for 22 years, Sandy Williams knows the importance of information for those who are responsible for caring for relatives discharged from the hospital. Often, she said, that information is lacking. “If you have a personal caregiver like a family member or a neighbor, they don’t know what they’re supposed to do,” said Williams, 71, of Joplin. “Those people need to know.” AARP Missouri is supporting legislation in the …

— Medicare Annual Enrollment runs through December 7, and it’s a banner time for Medicare fraud. Beware of ads that promise medical equipment covered 100% by Medicare. Like the one that might appear in the newspaper offering a free back brace, or the TV infomercial claiming you can get anything to ease your pain with no money out of pocket. Medicare only covers durable medical equipment that is medically necessary with a doctor’s prescription. Scammers hope you don’t know this. They …