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

— Approaching the end of the 2019 Texas legislative session, AARP Texas leaders are applauding lawmakers on their successful work for older Texans and other consumers. Several of the association’s priority issues are approved or nearing final passage, including measures that would end surprise medical bills, improve nursing home safety, strengthen court oversight of guardianships, put Texas at the forefront on prescription drug-price transparency, fund respite care for unpaid family caregivers and pay raises for Adult Protective Services workers, and expand …

— The Texas House of Representatives has taken a major step to address the skyrocketing cost of prescription drug prices that are making it harder for Texans to afford the medicines they need. The House approved House Bill 2536 by Rep. Tom Oliverson (R-Cypress) on a unanimous, bipartisan vote Friday, sending the measure to the Texas Senate for its consideration. Earlier in the week, the bill was substantially revised under an amendment by Rep. Senfronia Thompson (D-Houston) that makes it one …

— Get fit, have fun and stay motivated! Join AARP Texas for a weekly walking club in south Austin, beginning May 8. Across the country, AARP is gearing up for our second annual Fit & Fun Challenge and Sweepstakes. The challenge runs from May 1 through June 30 and is designed to inspire all of us to get happier, get healthier, and get walking! Starting May 1, walk 30 minutes a day for eight weeks. Just by entering, you will earn …

— Sweeping bipartisan legislation to end surprise medical billing in Texas was filed in the Legislature today, garnering high praise from AARP Texas as a monumental step toward protecting consumers from often sky-high unexpected medical charges. The reaction pertains to Senate Bill 1264 by Senator Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills) and a soon-to-be-filed companion bill by Representative Trey Martinez Fischer (D-San Antonio). The measures would remove patients from the center of billing disputes and would prevent consumers from receiving debilitating charges …

— Patients who seek treatment at freestanding emergency rooms in Texas would gain new safeguards from surprise medical bills, under a measure filed today in the Legislature that’s supported by AARP Texas. State Rep. Tom Oliverson (R-Cypress) filed House Bill 2041 to better inform consumers about what fees they may incur and what their insurance will cover at freestanding emergency rooms. Specifically, a written “disclosure statement” – in both English and Spanish – would be provided to patients prior to treatment. …

— With thousands of Texans getting hit by surprise medical bills, eight organizations representing consumers, businesses, and health insurers have joined forces in support of legislative action to protect patients from unexpected and excessive health care costs. The leading organizations, including AARP Texas, have come together to advance five key principles to ensure that patients get the care they need at costs they can afford. “Too often, Texans are getting slammed with surprise, out-of-network bills due to no fault of their …

— The number of freestanding emergency rooms in Texas has grown from zero to more than 200 in less than a decade. In fact, Texas is home to more than half of all the freestanding ERs in the country. An AARP Texas investigation has found that many of these facilities are using misleading language about whether they’re in-network for insurance, putting Texans in peril of receiving burdensome surprise medical bills. A state law passed in 2009 cleared the way for the creation …

— By Tom Korosec Texas has made progress on reducing the use of antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes as a result of attention from federal and state regulators and consumer groups like AARP, as well as industry efforts. AARP Texas will continue to advance the issue as a priority when the state Legislature begins its session Jan. 8. “Sometimes physicians will prescribe antipsychotic drugs in an attempt to chemically sedate an individual in lieu of appropriate staff attention. This is a …

— Por Tom Korosec Texas ha logrado avanzar en la reducción del uso de antipsicóticos en los hogares de ancianos. Esto fue gracias a la atención por parte de reguladores federales y estatales y de grupos de defensa del consumidor como AARP, además de debido a iniciativas de la industria. AARP Texas seguirá dándole prioridad a este tema cuando la legislatura estatal comience su sesión el 8 de enero. “Los médicos a veces recetan antipsicóticos para intentar sedar químicamente a una …

— AARP’s Disrupt Aging movement is a call to shape the future of aging by embracing the second act of your life. It is an initiative designed to challenge outdated, limiting beliefs about aging and to spark new solutions so that older adults can achieve Real Possibilities.           Aging is a mindset. Everyone is aging every day and how we age in the 21st century has drastically improved. People are living longer, healthier, and more productive lives …