Three Nurses

— Access to health care is a top priority for AARP West Virginia, and the state office worked throughout the recent legislative session to improve access and options for patients and family caregivers. In cooperation with the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network, AARP advocates pressed for creation of a Palliative Care Advisory Council. The panel will look at ways to improve end-of-life care by informing patients and their families about palliative care and ensuring such care is attuned to their …

Three Nurses

— A state law enacted in 2017 aims to ease the shortage of health care providers in West Virginia, especially in rural areas. The law makes West Virginia part of the enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact, which allows nurses to be licensed in multiple states. Such nurses can travel where needed or consult with patients across state lines through telehealth. At least 28 other states have joined the compact, including Kentucky, Virginia and Maryland. The change can also ease the burden on …

— Join our online Q&A sessions for tools for keeping your 2018 healthy resolutions all year What are your healthy goals for 2018? Do you want to eat healthier? Do you want a new fitness plan? Do you want to focus on better sleep? No matter what your healthy goals are—or whether you’ve even set them yet—you can learn about how to get on track and stay on track. Join our live, two-part Q&A sessions: Staying Healthy in 2018: How to …

— The “Protect Patients First” national tour made a stop in West Virginia on Thursday, July 13. The tour, which launched in early June in Cleveland, aims to inform the public and help persuade senators to reject harmful health care proposals under consideration in Washington. “Protect Patients First” is a national coalition of groups that includes patients, doctors, hospitals and several leading national organizations that are advocating for better health care.  The groups – including AARP, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action …

— About 1 in 10 older Americans have reported experiencing elder abuse, and most experts believe the crime is underreported. According to the National Council on Aging, just 1 in 14 cases of abuse against people age 60-plus is reported to authorities. As part of an effort to stop the trend, AARP West Virginia is working with several organizations to sponsor an abuse prevention event at the University of Charleston on Thursday, June 15. The forum will include presentations on elder …

— It’s shopping season for Medicare beneficiaries. Open enrollment, which runs Oct. 15-Dec. 7, is a time to consider whether your current coverage still meets your needs. The AARP state office wants to remind Mountain Staters about a valuable resource: The West Virginia State Health Insurance Assistance Program (WV SHIP) can help you navigate health insurance choices. WV SHIP counselors provide free, objective and confidential advice—on the phone or in person—about Medicare benefits, prescription drug coverage, supplemental insurance plans and help …

— West Virginia has experienced historic flooding that has devastated communities across the Mountain State. It’s heart breaking to see our friends, family and neighbors hurting and devastated. We are a proud state and know in difficult times, West Virginians come together as a family to help one another and show the nation what Mountaineers are made of. Many of you have been asking, “What can I do?” There are many ways you can help with your time and resources. Here …

— Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) can make a huge difference in health care for patients in rural areas where doctors are few and far between. But without authority to perform certain medical tasks, these highly skilled nurses are hamstrung. West Virginia legislators passed a law in March that allows APRNs to use their education and training to better advantage. Previously, these nurses were required to have an ongoing collaborative agreement with a physician in order to perform certain tasks. Under …

— Diabetes can lead to heart disease, eye and foot problems and kidney damage—conditions that can worsen over time. AARP is working with the West Virginia Medical Institute (WVMI) and Quality Insights, a Medicare quality improvement organization, to promote free classes for Medicare patients with diabetes. The weekly two-hour classes focus on the importance of diet and exercise, getting regular exams and managing medications. The sessions are also open to patients’ family members. More than 239,000 West Virginians have diabetes, and …

— Whether you have original Medicare, Medicare Advantage or a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, you have one opportunity each year to make any changes you want. This opportunity is Medicare’s open enrollment period, also called the Medicare Annual Election Period (Oct. 15 – Dec. 7, 2015). Medicare plan benefits and your needs can change on an annual basis, so use the open enrollment period to compare your options and get the right fit. VIDEO: Watch AARP West Virginia State Director …