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— Have you or someone you know had an experience with the Long-Term Care Ombudsman program?  We want to hear from you! Many long-term care recipients are medically or emotionally too frail to speak up for themselves.  AARP Virginia believes the state Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, which acts as the voice for these individuals to resolve care problems, should be fully funded to meet the minimum staffing ratio.  The ratio is set by the General Assembly as expressed in the Code of Virginia  Section 51.5 – 135, …

—   AARP Virginia state advocacy volunteers will be fighting for Virginians age 50+ at state budget hearings on January 3. The volunteers will speak at regional public hearings of The House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees of the Virginia General Assembly.  The committees are holding the hearings to solicit comments from the public on the Governor’s proposed 2018-2020 biennial state budget. AARP volunteers will tell the legislators to fund programs important to Virginians, especially those in long-term care facilities, and …

— Further Cuts to CT Home Care Program and uncertainty about Community First Choice threaten seniors’ ability to live safely at home AARP Connecticut is disappointed Governor Malloy has once again proposed a budget with dramatic cuts to the Connecticut Home Care Program for Elders. The additional cuts will effectively end the state-funded program that provides seniors with an array of important and cost effective services ranging from Meals on Wheels, Home Health Care, Adult Day care and Visiting Nursing, often …

— Our team of AARP Wisconsin red-shirted volunteers is having a huge presence at all six of the state budget hearings being held across the state in April, and one of the ideas we’re floating at these hearings is something we’re calling the “Silver Dividend.” We believe that if Wisconsin invests moderate amounts of money in caregivers, seniors and the existing aging programs, it can save taxpayer money in the long term and maximize the number of older Wisconsinites who can …

— Trying to plan a vacation but don’t know where to start, where to go, or how to budget?  AARP New Hampshire is proud to present noted local Travel Expert/Columnist Chase Binder, who will share her experiences and recommendations for the 50+ traveler.  The presentation will cover a range of topics important to you!  Examples include:     Traveling on a fixed income Planning and booking a trip Local, State, National, and International venues Packing Safety concerns And of course, your …

— AARP Wisconsin will have a large red-shirted presence at all six state budget hearings across Wisconsin in April, and we welcome you to join and sit with our group of volunteer advocates if there is a hearing in your area that you plan to attend. The Joint Finance Committee has scheduled the hearings to listen to comments from Wisconsinites who want to respond to the proposals included in Governor Walker’s proposed 2017-19 state budget. In this budget cycle we will be …

— In the weeks leading up to February 7, when Governor Wolf will present his budget plan, there has been much discussion on how legislators will approve a new budget while dealing with Pennsylvania’s looming budget difficulties. In fact, the Independent Fiscal Office estimates that the Commonwealth faces a deficit of close to $600 million between now and the end of June. Recently, proposals on how to address the Commonwealth’s budget deficit have been made, including a recommendation to consolidate some …

— By Jackie Spinner Illinois’ continuing budget crisis put Joy Paeth in a bind. As chief executive of AgeSmart Community Resources in Belleville, which provides legal assistance, home-delivered meals and transportation services to older people in seven counties, she was finding it difficult to hire a key employee because of uncertainty over continued state funding. After a year without a budget, the state last summer finally approved a spending plan through the end of 2016 that allowed public schools to open …

— This is an important time in the development of DC budget for fiscal year 2017. Each Council committee has completed budget oversight hearings on the proposed budget for the DC government agencies they oversee. Now the Committees are making changes to the Budget. Budget mark-ups are the first sign of how the Council wants to modify the mayor’s budget – perhaps taking up recommendations the public and service providers have made. There will be other chances to influence the budget …

— 2015-16 Budget Impasse Ends – 97 days (as of March 25) until 2016-17 Budget Deadline The big news from Harrisburg this week is that Pennsylvania has a 2015-16 budget – almost nine months after it was due.  Governor Tom Wolf allowed the final spending plan to be enacted into law without his signature, complaining that the budget used gimmicks to appear to be balanced.  He chose not to veto it, however, stating that he did not want to allow schools …