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AARP South Dakota advocates will hit the ground running Jan. 9, when the legislature convenes for a session that lasts only eight weeks. AARP staff and volunteers will be in Pierre throughout the session, holding lawmakers accountable on issues that affect constituents age 50-plus.

Legislative priorities for 2018 include telehealth and passage of the Uniform Power of Attorney Act. In a rural state with a shortage of health care providers, telehealth can improve access to care. The power of attorney legislation, already enacted in at least 25 states, offers a simple way for people to deal with their property in case of incapacity.

To stay informed about what’s happening at the Capitol, sign up for weekly advocacy alerts by sending your name and email address to sdaarp@aarp.org. To get involved as an advocacy volunteer, call 866-542-8172 toll-free.

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