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.
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