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— After more than a decade, our friend, mentor, and colleague, Jim Kimbrough is stepping down as AARP Kentucky State President. Jim has worked to enhance the quality of life for Kentuckians of all ages and enact positive social change through advocacy and community service. As state president, Jim fought to make health care more available and affordable, promoted financial security initiatives, and improved quality long term care options and supports for Kentuckians who want to age at home. He engaged …

— AARP joins Centre College and WAVE3 News  in proposing Kentucky Senate Debate, offers  historic opportunity to discuss financial security issues for Kentuckians. In Danville, AARP Kentucky, Centre College and WAVE3 News unveiled Kentucky’s first Senatorial Debate proposal offering statewide media coverage. Senator Mitch McConnell and Secretary of State Alison Lundergran Grimes have received countless offers to debate, but none offering Kentuckians the same opportunity to hear the candidates in their own words. Centre College has hosted two Vice Presidential debates …

— AARP is fighting to help seniors live independently and for the family caregivers who make it possible for them to stay in their homes. In any given year an estimated 735,000 Kentuckians are caregivers for a loved one. These family caregivers are the backbone of the state’s long term care system providing unpaid assistance to Kentucky’s elderly and vulnerable citizens. They provide an estimated 704 million hours of care at an estimated value of $7.1 billion. Following discussion and testimony by …

— AARP Responds  to Governor Beshear’s Proposed 2014 Budget Priorities AARP Kentucky commends Governor for no new budget cuts to Department of Aging and Independent Living, but reminds General Assembly that ending long waiting lists for senior meals and aging services must remain a budget priority. Although no new funding was included in the Governor’s budget to help older Kentuckians and aging services, AARP Kentucky is pleased that the Governor is holding the Department for Aging Services safe from another round …

— Health Law Event in Hopkinsville is Connecting Consumers and Small Businesses with State’s Health Insurance Marketplace – kynect In Christian County alone, Governor Steve Beshear estimates that 17.5% or 10,759 residents are not covered by health insurance. AARP Kentucky, kynect and local partners are teaming up to help consumers and small businesses connect the dots and find new health coverage. A public event this week in Hopkinsville will help consumers learn more about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), compare health …

— New Study Shows How Critical Social Security Benefits Are in Kentucky and National Economies WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new study from the AARP Public Policy Institute calculates that each dollar paid to Social Security beneficiaries in Kentucky generates nearly two dollars in spending by individuals and businesses, adding about $20.3 billion in total economic output to Kentucky’s economy – and about $1.4 trillion to the national economy – in 2012. The report also finds the $12.1 billion paid in Social …

—   AARP Kentucky at Work With the help of  grassroots citizen activists, partner organizations, countless members’ phone calls and letters to lawmakers, AARP Kentucky achieved several key priorities in one of the “longest short-sessions” of the Kentucky General Assembly. (See all 2013 legislation AARP Kentucky fought for and monitored. Do. ) Senate Bill 9: Nursing Home Quality AARP fought hard for nursing home residents and their families to oppose passage of Senate Bill 9. The bill sought to create new …

Jim Kimbrough

— Opinion: Lexington Herald-Leader By Jim Kimbrough There will be no end to the slings and arrows aimed at the AARP when we stand up to special interest groups and their allies, as seen in a recent commentary (“AARP serves its bottom line, not Kentucky’s seniors,” Jan. 24).  In today’s corrosive and partisan driven political arena, any principled organization fighting for its mission and members is going to take some hits. For almost 55 years of staying true to its mission, …