4 States

— Week 2 of the 2017 South Dakota legislative session is in the books and AARP South Dakota advocates have already been busy! On Tuesday, AARP South Dakota testified in favor of Senate Bill (SB) 62 which requires timely notification when there is a breach of certain data. This bill is being brought by South Dakota Attorney General, Marty Jackley. Under the proposed legislation, upon discovery of a breach of a system security, the information holder must disclose the breach to any …

— 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 …

— RICHMOND _   AARP volunteers head to the Virginia General Assembly on Wednesday to ask legislators to improve programs that help Virginians who need health care coverage and those in long-term care facilities, as well as to create a program to help workers save for retirement.   With more than 1.1 million members in Virginia, AARP is the largest organization working on behalf of people age 50+ in the Commonwealth.  In recent years, AARP Virginia has successfully fought for protections for …

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, …

— AARP Wisconsin supports a pending bill in the Wisconsin State Legislature, called the Caregiver Tax Credit. The bill would create an income tax credit that reimburses family caregivers for 50% of their annual caregiving costs up to $1,000. For us here at AARP, this bill is personal, and if passed, will undoubtedly have a lasting impact on the financial wellbeing of caregivers across the state. My name is Ryan, and I am an intern with AARP Wisconsin. This is my …

— AARP South Dakota is encouraging members who care about health care, financial security, caregiving and other hot-button issues to become e-activists. AARP South Dakota sends emails to e-activists when legislation on key issues is winding its way through Pierre or Washington. The emails explain how to get in touch with lawmakers and suggest a meaningful response. The state’s next legislative session begins Jan. 9. To get involved, call 866-542-8172 toll-free or send an email to sdaarp@aarp.org.

— #SaveMyCare DAY OF ACTION ALERT THE TIME IS NOW TO FIGHT BACK AGAINST ACTION BY CONGRESS TO PASS A BAD HEALTH CARE BILL!   WHAT: A day of action to contact your Senators and Representatives and let them know how important quality, affordable care is to you, your family and your friends.   WHY: People’s health and lives are at stake! When the delegation returns to Washington in a couple weeks, it’s likely they will try to pass healthcare reform …

— RICHMOND _   AARP volunteers head to the Virginia General Assembly next week to ask legislators to start a program to help workers save for retirement.   With more than 1 million members in Virginia, AARP is the largest organization working on behalf of people age 50+ in the Commonwealth.  When lawmakers head to the capitol next week, AARP Virginia advocates will ask them to pass legislation to help workers save for retirement with a Work and Save Plan.   AARP …

— By Hollie Deese When one of his nurses left his medication on a shelf just out of reach, state Rep. Darren Jernigan realized the frustration caused by state laws governing care. A paid care worker was legally prohibited from handing the pills to Jernigan, who has used a wheelchair since a 1990 automobile accident in which he was a passenger. “I had someone come in to give me some assistance in the morning and she could not hand me the …

— Do you own or work for a small business that can’t afford to offer a retirement plan to employees? AARP Virginia is working on legislation that would help small businesses provide retirement plans to their employees.  Similar to 529 college savings plans, the state program would help businesses offer retirement programs to their workers, giving them the ability to save through payroll deduction. If you are a small business owner, or work in a small business, and would like to …