— 150 Volunteers from Across NY Call on Lawmakers at State Capitol to Back Safe Rx Importation, Reveal Deals Delaying Cheaper Generics, Fight Price Gouging ALBANY, N.Y. – With the cost of prescription drugs skyrocketing four times faster than inflation and Americans paying the highest brand-name drug prices in the world, AARP New York today launched a campaign to #StopRxGreed by supporting a package of state legislation aimed at helping New Yorkers get the medications they need without breaking the bank. …

— Housing & Legal Counseling Services for Vulnerable Homeowners Saved With $20M Appropriation; But Budget Fails to Help Utility Consumers ALBANY, N.Y. – AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel issued the following statement today on the final 2019-20 New York State budget:  “The $15 million increase for services that help working and middle class New Yorkers care for their loved ones at home is the biggest boost in close to two decades and represents a major milestone; it will help …

— Proposes Supplementing Governor’s $15M Boost; Assembly Proposes Utility Consumer Advocate, Senate Backs Expansion of EPIC to Fight Rising Rx Prices ALBANY, N.Y. – AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel issued the following statement today on the New York State Senate’s and Assembly’s 2019-20 state budget resolutions:  “The approximately $16 million increase state lawmakers proposed for services that help working and middle class New Yorkers care for their loved ones at home would mark an historic investment and help thousands …

— AARP Delivers 15,000+ Signatures to State Leaders Supporting Funding Increase ALBANY, N.Y. – AARP stood with the chairs of the state Legislature’s aging committees today to ensure the state budget includes critical funding to support working and middle class family caregivers in helping their loved ones age at home, rather than in costlier, taxpayer-funded nursing homes. AARP then delivered over 15,250 post cards from members across New York to state leaders urging them to increase funding for services such as …

— Increase for non-Medicaid Services for the Elderly Supports Working, Middle Class Family Caregivers ALBANY, N.Y. – AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel issued the following statement today on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2019-20 New York State Executive Budget proposal: “Governor Cuomo’s proposed $15 million increase for services that support working and middle class family caregivers in caring for their loved ones at home would help thousands of families. This is a smart and visionary investment; these services help prevent unwanted …

— 41% of Middle Class Headed Toward Poverty or Near-Poverty in Retirement; NYers of Color Face Starkest Inequities as AARP Looks to #DisruptDisparities NEW YORK, N.Y. – More than two of every five middle class New Yorkers in their 50s are headed for poverty or near-poverty in retirement. Typical workers in the bottom 90 percent of earnings will need almost a third more income in retirement to maintain their standard of living. And fewer workers of color have access to workplace …

— AARP-Commissioned Surveys Show 19th and 22nd District 50+ Voters United in Concern Over Health Care Costs, Social Security, Medicare ALBANY, N.Y. – Challengers Antonio Delgado and Anthony Brindisi hold leads over incumbents John Faso and Claudia Tenney among voters 50 and older in the nationally-watched races to represent New York’s 19th and 22nd congressional districts, according to new AARP-commissioned polls. The polls also show 50-plus voters in both districts are united, across party lines, in their concern over healthcare costs …

— Proposals Range from State Tax Credit for Caregiving Expenses to Expansion of ‘Telehealth’ NEW YORK, N.Y. – As the number of older New Yorkers explodes with the aging of the Baby Boomer generation and as New Yorkers live longer with more chronic conditions, unpaid family caregivers need help – and a new report from AARP outlines a host of potential solutions ranging from a middle class tax credit for out-of-pocket caregiving expenses to an expansion of “telehealth.” The Future of …

— Stands with Mayor for signing of bill to turn on cameras before classes begin NEW YORK, N.Y. — AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel today stood with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio as he signed city legislation to reactivate speed cameras in city school zones. The cameras had gone dark after a state law authorizing the program lapsed earlier this summer. The new city law will allow the issuance of tickets to speeders temporarily, but state legislation …

— Under Gov. Cuomo, NY First State to Join AARP-WHO ‘Age-Friendly Network;’ Summit to Focus on Enhancing Communities for Residents of All Ages SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul kicked off AARP’s “Leading on Livability” Summit today via video as innovators, planners, top state policymakers and other experts from across the state plotted strategies to improve communities across New York for residents of all ages. The summit focused on building upon Governor Andrew Cuomo’s groundbreaking initiative last year that made …