— By Cathleen MacCaul, Advocacy Director, AARP Washington This session the House and Senate both have slim Democratic majorities in Olympia, changing committee leadership and impacting the kinds of bills that move forward. There are many challenges facing lawmakers including large investments in school funding, along with increased spending for housing and mental health.  Additionally, the state may have to quickly respond to federal decisions impacting health programs under the Affordable Care Act like continued funding for CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance …

— It’s a new year, and the AARP West Virginia Capital Advocacy Team is ready to spring into action when the legislature convenes Jan. 10. AARP staff and volunteers will meet with lawmakers throughout the session to discuss legislation that affects caregiving, financial security, broadband access, and funding for home and community-based services. In addition, AARP is working with health care providers to ensure smooth transitions from hospital to home for patients and their family caregivers under a state law enacted …

— AARP Idaho is hosting its annual Lobby Day on Thursday, Feb. 8. AARP members can visit the Statehouse in Boise, watch lawmakers in action and show support for key issues, such as the Idaho Caregiver Act and access to telehealth. Participants will attend committee meetings and observe House and Senate action. Having AARP members present and actively engaged can show strength in numbers, while highlighting issues affecting constituents age 50 and older. The free event includes bus transportation and lunch, …

— Do you want to help your community become increasingly age-friendly? Are you interested in advocacy for Social Security, Medicare, pedestrian safety, transportation or other aging issues? Would you like to learn how to shoot photos and videos for Facebook and Twitter? AARP Hawaii is recruiting enthusiastic volunteers who are eager to learn communications and advocacy skills to share information about issues affecting Hawaii residents 50 and older. Orientation sessions for new volunteers are scheduled Wednesday, Jan. 10, 9:30-11:30 a.m., in …

— 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 …

— When legislators return to the state Capitol in Topeka for the 2018 session, AARP Kansas staff and volunteers will be on hand to press for legislation that would help Kansans age 50-plus. In the session that begins Jan. 8, lawmakers are expected to consider bills that would provide additional support for family caregivers, improve home- and community-based services for long-term care, keep consumers’ financial information secure and rein in utility rates. AARP advocacy volunteers will ensure that lawmakers receive useful …

— “It’s only in the giving of oneself to others that we truly live.” ~ Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, AARP Founder AARP is more active than ever in your community. As a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization for people aged 50-plus, with more than 950,000 members in Washington state, we provide information and resources on issues that matter most to you, your family and your friends. At AARP, one of our most valuable assets is our amazing team of volunteers. Through education, advocacy …

North Dakota State Capitol

— AARP Legislative Volunteers Make a Difference for North Dakotans We’re providing this site to help you stay connected with our advocacy work and to provide you with the resources you need when you want to write a letter, make a phone call, visit with a legislator or testify in front of a committee. We want to make the advocacy experience as easy and effective as possible, so if you need any assistance you can’t find here please contact Mike Chaussee, …

— The New Hampshire Senior Leadership Program is now taking applications for the 2018 class.  A collaboration among AARP New Hampshire, Center on Aging and Community Living at UNH , and Dartmouth Centers for Health and Aging, the program is designed for older adults, caregivers, family members and friends who want to advocate for older adults in New Hampshire.  Application deadline is February 23. Members of the 2018 class should represent diverse backgrounds, ages and geographic regions of the state.  Participants …

AARP will be fighting for 50+ Marylanders in Annapolis in 2018

— AARP Advocates spoke…we listened. View the results of our 2018 Legislative Priorities Survey and a special message from AARP Volunteer State President Jim Campbell. FROM THE PRESIDENT OF AARP MARYLAND: With more than 890,000 members statewide, AARP Maryland is the voice of the 50+ in your community. We are working to support family caregivers, promote retirement security, and achieve affordable and reliable utilities for all Marylanders. During the 2018 primary and general election season, we will work to make sure …