— 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 Wyoming. We hope you’ll join us!

— Today, AARP announced the launch of ‘Stop Rx Greed,’ a nationwide campaign aimed at lowering prescription drug prices. The goal of AARP’s sustained campaign is to help drive down drug prices for Wyomingites and all Americans by advocating for a variety of legislative, executive, and regulatory actions at both the federal and state level. “The cost of healthcare in Wyoming is among the highest in the country,” said Sam Shumway, AARP Wyoming State Director.  “What we pay for prescription drugs …

—   In the legislative calendar, the last week or so of the session is spent lobbying lawmakers for interim topics. The process goes like this – the 10 joint committees (not including Journal or Rules) meet between four and six times per year between legislative sessions. They take testimony on issues and, if they decide to do so, turn that testimony into bill drafts for the next session. More often than not, bills that come out of committee have a …

— To honor his integral work supporting Wyoming’s family caregivers, AARP names Wyoming Governor Matt Mead as 2018 “Capitol Caregiver,” a bipartisan group of 65 elected officials from 24 states. These leaders have advanced policies that support Wyoming’s family caregivers, who help their parents, spouses and other loved ones live independently at home and in the community—where they want to be. Mead was honored with the Capitol Caregiver Award for his work to restore funding for Home and Community Based Services …

— Wyoming Senator Jim Anderson (R-Natrona County) is one of 20 leaders in state government around the nation named a Super Saver by AARP. The award is given to lawmakers, and other state government leaders who have worked hard to help Americans grow the savings they need for retirement. “AARP thanks Senator Jim Anderson for leading the effort to pass legislation that resulted in the Retirement Security Task Force, and then act as its chairman this year,” says AARP Wyoming State …

— Governor Matt Mead will join AARP Wyoming on Monday, Dec. 3 to take part in a TeleTown Hall with AARP Wyoming members around the state. The TeleTown Hall will get underway at 6:30 p.m. and allow AARP Wyoming members the opportunity to hear the Governor discuss his eight years in office, as well as his view on the future of Wyoming. The TeleTown Hall format will also allow for a select few AARP members to ask the state’s chief executive …

— A report released by AARP shows Wyoming’s state budget could benefit from continued and increased investment in Home and Community Based Services in an effort to keep its citizens aging in their homes, and out of nursing facilities, which are often paid for by the state. Among the most pressing concerns revealed by AARP’s “Across the States” report is the fact Wyoming is aging faster than other states, and its caregiver pool – the number of residents in the age …

— AARP Wyoming honored Casper’s Barb Summers with its Community Action Team Leader award Thursday night at the organization’s Volunteer Recognition Awards Dinner in Casper. Casper has one of the state’s largest and most impactful Community Action Teams, though that wasn’t always the case. Over the past two years, the Casper Community Action Team has put together a group of volunteers, which meets monthly, and has put together such events as an evening with Frank Abagnale, a Shred Fest, and several …

— AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that empowers people to choose how they live as they age. A big part of that work comes through its advocacy at the national, state, and local level. Few in Wyoming are more connected with AARP Wyoming’s advocacy efforts in the statehouse than Cheyenne’s Lindi Kirkbride.  Kirkbride has done her work through the AARP Wyoming’s GRiT or Government Relations Team, which follows bills of interest to AARP members, and lobbies members of the state …

— Wyoming's Video Voter Guide for the General Election 2018 AARP does not endorse or donate to candidates at any level. We do ask them questions about issues important to those age 50 and over. Today, we release a series of questions and answers that were asked of the Republican and Democratic nominees for governor in Wyoming. Posted by AARP Wyoming on Monday, September 17, 2018 After a busy primary election season that saw eight candidates for the nomination for both …

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— A new task force will study why many Wyoming employers find it difficult to offer their workers a way to save for retirement. More than 57 percent of private sector employees in the state—about 123,000 workers—do not have access to a retirement savings plan at work. As a result, more than half of workers 65 and older have little to no savings, and the state is saddled with safety-net costs for many who need nursing home care. The state spends …