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North Dakota State Capitol

— 2019 Legislature – Advocacy Activity 2/14/2019 This has been a slow week so far at the 2019 legislature. We can report that the Senate Appropriations sub-committee working on the budget for the Department of Human Services has approved funding for the Home and Community Bases Services items we have been supporting. These ideas increase access to services that help people stay at home for as long as possible. A program called Service Payments for the Elderly and Disables (SPED) was …

— If you’re not currently a caregiver, you likely will be one in the future or need the help of a caregiver yourself at some point in your life. Join a series of caregiving telephone town halls beginning in March hosted by AARP North Dakota. All North Dakotans are welcome to participate, especially those people who are currently caregivers, those who anticipate becoming a caregiver, and those who receive care from a family member or friend. The first telephone town hall …

— Ellen Schafer of Bismarck has been appointed to the AARP North Dakota Executive Council, and Dr. Michael Worner of Fargo has been reappointed to the Executive Council for a second two-year term. Schafer is a highly-skilled career professional who worked 35 years as a registered nurse and nine years as a licensed practical nurse in hospital, nursing home, clinic, and home health and hospice environments. She worked as a medical oncology nurse for 25 years of her career. Schafer has …

— Because of the extreme cold at the end of January, AARP Advocacy Day is rescheduled for Monday, March 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the N.D. State Capitol. All AARP members are invited to participate. We will have buses traveling from Minot and Fargo to help members with transportation. You will have the opportunity to take part in the legislative process by attending hearings and floor sessions, and visiting with your legislators. AARP staff and volunteers will guide …

— A bill introduced in the North Dakota Legislature would better support thousands of family caregivers in the state. The Caregiver, Advise, Record, and Enable Act (Senate Bill 2154), was introduced by Senators Nichole Poolman (R-Bismarck), Dick Dever (R-Bismarck), and Kathy Hogan (D-Fargo), and Representatives Thomas Beadle (R-Fargo), Gretchen Dobervich (D-Fargo), and Lisa Meier (R-Bismarck). Also known as the CARE Act, the legislation would help unpaid family caregivers better care for their loved ones when they are discharged from a hospital. …

— Voters age 50 and older were the deciding factor in last year’s midterm elections, according to the National Election Pool Exit Poll results. The findings confirmed that 50-plus voters made up the majority of voters – 53 percent in North Dakota and 56 percent nationally. Older voters want candidates accountable to find common ground on the issues that matter to them and their families. What they care about here in North Dakota is health care, and they made their voices …

— AARP North Dakota is urging state legislators to pass a bill to make it easier for the state’s 62,000 unpaid caregivers to assist their friends and relatives at home. During the legislative session starting Jan. 3, AARP North Dakota’s top priority is the passage of the Caregiver Advise, Record and Enable (CARE) Act. Already passed by 37 states, the District of Columbia and two territories, the legislation ensures that family caregivers are kept informed and are provided with an explanation …

— AARP North Dakota’s advocacy agenda is taking shape as we prepare for the 2019 session of the North Dakota Legislature, which beings on January 3. We’d like to invite you to participate in a conversation about or work with state legislators. At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, we’ll host a statewide telephone town hall for our members. We invite you to participate and ask your questions about the 2019 legislature and our advocacy work during the session. We know we’ll …

— AARP North Dakota is looking for volunteers to work with state legislators on issues such as caregiving, health care access, transportation and property taxes. The state legislature reconvenes on Jan. 3, and AARP is seeking volunteers to join its advocacy team. Members will talk with lawmakers about issues critical to residents 50 and older. Ideally, the group will consist of at least one resident from each of the 53 counties in North Dakota, who are prepared to meet with legislators …

— Have a question for North Dakota’s candidates for the U.S. Senate? AARP North Dakota is hosting two separate telephone town halls with both candidates for U.S. Senate. We’ll have Rep. Kevin Cramer on the phone from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16. The town hall with Senator Heidi Heitkamp will be from 5:45-6:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22. You will be able to ask questions of the candidates as well as listen to the conversation. To be sure you receive the call …