— A bill introduced in the North Dakota Legislature would better support thousands of family caregivers in the state. The Caregiver, Advise, Record, and Enable Act (Senate Bill 2154), was introduced by Senators Nichole Poolman (R-Bismarck), Dick Dever (R-Bismarck), and Kathy Hogan (D-Fargo), and Representatives Thomas Beadle (R-Fargo), Gretchen Dobervich (D-Fargo), and Lisa Meier (R-Bismarck). Also known as the CARE Act, the legislation would help unpaid family caregivers better care for their loved ones when they are discharged from a hospital. …

North Dakota State Capitol

— 2019 Legislature – Advocacy Activity 1/18/2019 The Department of Human Services presented its budget requests to the Senate Appropriations Committee on three consecutive days this week (Senate Bill 2012). AARP was front and center on Thursday and Friday supporting the needs of older North Dakotans. Thursday we testified to the committee about the need to continue Medicaid Expansion in the state. The program helps 20,000 North Dakotans receive health insurance, and a large percentage of them are between the ages …

— AARP New Hampshire recently queried our corps of e-activists and asked them to rank several issues and tell us which issues mattered most to them, their families, and the 50+ in the Granite State. Thanks to all who responded!  Your feedback will help guide our legislative priorities for 2019 and the years to come.  (Want to start receiving our e-alerts and become an AARP activist?  Sign up today.) Here are the results of our non-scientific e-survey. Have your say on …

— State lawmakers are considering a bill to create permanent Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) in Nebraska. These centers provide one-stop shopping for information about public and private resources that can help people who are 60-plus or who have disabilities continue to live in their homes and communities. ADRCs help control long-term care costs by referring people to appropriate services.  A pilot program has funded three ADRCs across the state since 2015, but funding for that program is set to …

—   How Does the New Tax Reform Law Affect YOU?   Join AARP Maryland volunteer Ted Meyerson as he discusses key points around tax reform and how older adults will be affected. Seating is limited. Registration is required! Click here to register.    

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 …

— Dorothy Arriola Colby knows the challenges that about 154,000 family caregivers in Hawaii face daily. A dementia care specialist and caregiving trainer, Colby will share her expertise with these unpaid heroes at two free conferences this month on Oahu and the Big Island of Hawaii. Family members who help loved ones continue to live at home can become isolated and frustrated. The conferences will offer support to show they are not alone. In addition to workshops and an information fair, …

— 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 …