— On Saturday, May 19, the Minnesota House and Senate passed legislation strengthening protections for older and vulnerable adults in long-term care residential facilities. Currently the only state to not license assisted living facilities, Minnesota’s Department of Health receives approximately 400 cases of abuse and neglect every week. The bill passed earlier this week (HF90/SF8) seeks to address this critical problem. The bill establishes licensure of assisted living facilities and strengthens the rights of older and vulnerable adults. The licensing requirements …

— The North Dakota Legislative Assembly only meets every other year. However, during the “interim,” legislative committees will study a wide array of important issues. AARP will be closely watching issues important to North Dakotans 50 and older. To keep our members current on these interim studies, AARP North Dakota is hosting a monthly webinar/conference call. During these calls, expect to hear what the interim committees have been discussing, when the next meetings will be, and how you can help ensure …

— This week, AARP and consumer advocates claimed victory after coming to consensus with the long-term care industry on a bill to prevent elder abuse. More than two years ago, a Star Tribune series, Left to Suffer, unveiled a broken regulatory system that left many older and vulnerable adults at risk for abuse and neglect. Minnesota is the only state in the country that does not license assisted living facilities. Reports of elder abuse, uncovered more than 2 years ago, continue …

— Volunteer advocates testify in support of Nurse Licensure Compact and Housing Choice bills AARP Massachusetts volunteer Executive Council member and registered nurse Deborah Washington offered testimony in front of the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure in support of Senate Bill No. 103 – An Act Relative to Nurse Licensure Compact. Below is her testimony from May 14, 2019: “AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to empowering Americans 50 and older to choose how they …

— A statewide public opinion poll released on May 6, shows overwhelming bipartisan support among Maryland voters for a Prescription Drug Affordability Board. Sponsored by the Maryland Citizen’s Health Initiative, the Gonzales Maryland Poll found that 81% of voters favor the Maryland General Assembly’s recently passed legislation to create a Prescription Drug Affordability Board in the state (56% “strongly favor” and 25% “somewhat favor”), while only 10% oppose the measure (6% “strongly oppose” and 4% “somewhat oppose”), with 9% giving no opinion. …

North Dakota State Capitol

— 2019 Legislature Wraps Up and Older North Dakotans Win Big AARP North Dakota advocacy volunteers came out in force during the state legislative session that wrapped up in late April. The results proved just how effective our members’ voices can be. Volunteer phone calls, e-mails, postcards, and conversations with legislators helped pass bills supporting caregivers, taxpayers and anyone who wants to live in their home and community for as long as possible. The first win for older North Dakotans was …

— Is the high cost of your prescription drugs making you sick? Mainers are sharing their stories. Mainers are also attending our #StopRxGreed Community Conversations being held in towns across Maine in collaboration with state legislators. Join the conversation! Ask questions, tell us your story and work with us to make your voice heard. Click here to see the full schedule.   “I am a retired nurse.  I know how the healthcare system works. Despite research and multiple conversations with my …

— Welcome to the homepage for the AARP Washington State Podcast. Our podcast focuses on Health, Wealth & Self, and how we can make life after age 50 the best years of our lives. You can find us on iTunes and subscribe here. Or you can listen through any podcast app. Just search for “AARP Washington State Podcast”. And don’t forget to check out AARP’s national podcasts, such as The Perfect Scam, a weekly podcast from our Fraud Watch Network featuring …

— Interested in sharing your experience and talents as a volunteer? We would love to hear from you! Click here to see our volunteer brochure: Maine State Volunteer Brochure 2019 You have a lifetime of experience to offer. Why not share your talents right here in Maine? Through outreach, advocacy and service, AARP volunteers and staff work together to enhance the quality of life for Mainers of all ages. Whether it is behind the scenes supporting the daily work of AARP …

— Advocacy staff, volunteers urge passage of beneficial legislation  As part of our continuing efforts to support Rhode Island family caregivers, the following written testimony has been prepared for hearings the week of April 1, 2019.     Governor’s Commission on Disabilities Budget – Livable Home Modification Program Chairman Miller and members of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services On behalf of our 132,000 + AARP-RI members, we are in strong SUPPORT of keeping the estimated $500,000 in the …