AARP will be fighting for 50+ Marylanders in Annapolis in 2018

— April Update: The 2018 Maryland General Assembly has come and gone once again! While we are disappointed that we weren’t able to get Maryland’s HB 1194 – Drug Cost Commission bill passed in the final moments of the session, Marylanders have a lot of big “wins” to be proud of…and can thank our hard-working volunteers for making it happen! Read our state director’s note about the major victories for 50+ Marylanders and their families this legislative session. Thank you to all …

— We need you! Help make a difference in the lives of older Nebraskans and their families. AARP Nebraska works on issues important to our members such as caregiving, long-term care, Social Security, taxes, health care, prescription drug costs and more. We’re now recruiting volunteer advocates to be a voice at the State Capitol for Nebraskans age 50 and over. We also need volunteers who are interested in working on federal issues and our voter education efforts in the 2018 election. …

— The legislative session that begins Jan. 22 is only 45 days long. AARP Utah is prepared to hit the ground running to advocate on behalf of family caregivers, retirees and other adults 50-plus. AARP staff and volunteers will be at the Capitol every day. This year, the state office’s legislative priorities are to secure workplace leave for family caregivers, expand access to telehealth and keep the retirement income tax credit from phasing out for Utahns born after 1953. The AARP …

— The General Assembly is set to convene Jan. 10, and AARP Maryland is gearing up to advocate on several issues important to Marylanders age 50-plus. Leading the list of legislative priorities is prevention of elder abuse and exploitation. The AARP state office also aims to ensure all Marylanders have access to phone and broadband service and to protect state teachers’ and public employees’ pensions. Affordable, reliable utilities will also be a focus. Want to get involved in these issues? To …

— We want to take a moment to express our appreciation for all of the Virginia State Legislators for their support of AARP Virginia’s 2017 Legislative Priorities. These priorities include increasing retirement security, strengthening financial exploitation laws, supporting family caregivers, and protecting vulnerable long-term care recipients. Please thank some or all of the legislators listed below – especially on topics that you are passionate about. The legislator(s) do not have to be in your district or region. Be sure to mention …

— In a state whose legislative session is only 45 days, AARP stands ready to score some wins for state residents 50-plus when lawmakers meet beginning Jan. 23. AARP Utah’s legislative priorities for 2017 include retirement security, support for family caregivers and access to affordable health care. One proposed bill would allow more private-sector workers to save for retirement through payroll deductions. Nationwide, people are 15 times more likely to save through a job-based plan than by setting money aside on …

— When lawmakers arrived at the Virginia General Assembly on Opening Day, our team of volunteer advocates were right there sharing our legislative priorities with them. We are requesting passage of legislation that will permit advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) to have full practice authority. AARP Virginia is also advocating for more than $2 million to fund the state Long-Term Care Ombudsman program, more funding for a state respite care program that assists family caregivers, and for legislation to protect older …

—   RICHMOND _  A bill to help family caregivers get more guidance when their loved ones are discharged from the hospital is on the way to Governor Terry McAuliffe’s desk for his signature.  The Virginia House of Delegates and Virginia Senate passed House Bill 1413 and Senate Bill 851 earlier this week. The new law will help family caregivers by providing them with more instruction about how to care for their loved ones after a hospital stay. Virginia’s family caregivers …

— We like to refer to the nearly 600,000 family caregivers across Wisconsin as the “silent army of unsung heroes.” Why? Because our AARP studies repeatedly show that people would much rather continue living in their own homes and communities than be moved into a nursing home or other costly institution. Family caregivers are the ones who make that possible. These selfless caregivers help their aging parents, spouses, siblings or other relatives with everything from bathing, shopping and cooking to managing their …

— In the biennial legislative session that begins Jan. 5, AARP Montana will urge lawmakers to expand Medicaid to cover the uninsured and to increase services that help people continue to live at home as they age. Throughout the 90-day session, AARP will notify interested members about issues important to Montanans age 50-plus and encourage them to participate in the legislative process by sending emails to lawmakers to support certain bills. “An overwhelming response from AARP members can deliver a loud, …