— AARP Testifies on Prescription Drug Prices at Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee  WASHINGTON—May 9, 2019 Leigh Purvis, Director of Health Services Research in AARP Public Policy Institute, testified on Capitol Hill before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing, “Lowering Prescription Drug Prices: Deconstructing the Drug Supply Chain.” Below are 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. Medicare Part …

— By Kathleen Connell, AARP Rhode Island  One of the most troubling realities I face in my work is knowing that every single day there are lower-income older Rhode Islanders who must choose between buying groceries and paying for costly prescription drugs. It is unfair that Americans pay the highest prescription drug prices in the world. And it is simply wrong that many seniors are forced to make these choices. AARP is calling on the President, Congress and state governments to …

— AARP Rhode Island’s March 27, 2019 House Committee Testimony   H-5296– Pharmacist Disclosing Lesser Price Drug Substitutions Dear Chairman McNamara and members of the Health, Education and Welfare Committee On behalf of AARP –RI and our 132,000 members in Rhode Island, we are in STRONG SUPPORT of this legislation that would provide that pharmacists shall disclose lesser price drug substitutions. Older Rhode Islanders are struggling with rising prescription drug prices and cannot afford to wait any longer. Year-after-year they have seen …

— AARP Rhode Island kicks off the legislative session with a State House reception where members can meet with lawmakers and advocate for bills that could improve the lives of older Rhode Islanders. Staff and volunteers who are State House regulars will be encouraging legislators to support the state’s 134,000 caregivers, to build livable communities and to protect financial security for all. Set for Thursday, Jan. 31, the reception begins at 3:30 p.m. in the Capitol State Room. Free parking is …

— Our informal polls are conversation starters, but the results are striking (NEWPORT, RI) Very few folks (thank you, kindly) suggest we’ve lost our marbles when we ask people to vote on questions presented at our local events. Our informal polls are fun and, most of all, great conversation starters on important subjects. Below are results of our polls at the 2017 Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open in Newport. Over several days, we asked tennis fans to vote on four …

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— AARP urges Senators to vote ‘NO’ and start from scratch on new health care bill   WASHINGTON, DC—AARP Executive Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer Nancy LeaMond sent the following letter today to all 100 Senators in response to the Congressional Budget Office score of the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, urging them to vote ‘NO’ on the bill. Below is the letter in full: #AARPRI #AARPRI June 27, 2017 #AARPRI Dear Senator: Older Americans care deeply about access to …

—       2017 AARP Rhode Island Caregiving Survey Overwhelming Support for Earned, Paid Sick Leave   Most current family caregivers in Rhode Island (66%) have been employed either full- or part-time while providing care to a spouse, parent, or other loved one.  In fact, most Rhode Island registered voters 45-plus (58%) in our survey are currently or have previously provided care to an adult loved one; and six in ten believe they will likely be a caregiver in the …

—       March 30, 2017 Testimony of John DiTomasso Associate State Director of AARP-RI Bill H-5413- Earned, Paid Sick Leave Chairman Craven and members of the House Labor Committee, on behalf of AARP Rhode Island and our over 130,000 Rhode Island members, we are writing to you in support of bill H-5413 that will require all employers to provide their employees with a minimum level of paid sick and safety leave including time to care for the employee’s family …

— Movie for Grownups “Marbles” Poll Reveals Attendees Advocacy Priorities The results are in. The audience at our March 23 free “Movies for Grownups” screening of Jackie at the Warwick Mall Showcase Cinema chose FINANCIAL SECURITY as their #1 AARP state advocacy topic. Here are the numbers: Financial Security 41 Caregiving 26 Livable Homes 22 Workplace Flexibility 2