— The North Dakota Legislative Assembly only meets every other year. However, during the “interim,” legislative committees will study a wide array of important issues. AARP will be closely watching issues related to health care access and affordability, home- and community-based services, retirement security, property taxes, and other issues important to 50+ North Dakotans. To keep our members current on these interim studies, AARP North Dakota is hosting a monthly webinar/conference call. During these calls, expect to hear what the interim …

— Sixty days and more than 4,000 bills later, Washington State legislators have closed this year’s 2018 session.  Of the many bills AARP targeted and focused on, those that help put money back into the hands of consumers were standouts.  The elimination of credit freeze fees; more money for those living in care facilities; relief from some property tax levies; restoration of funding for hearings aids; and the defeat of an attempt to reduce homeowner protections are now in the “win” …

— On Thursday, February 8, more than 125 volunteers and staff will be in Boise advocating on behalf of AARP members and all older Idahoans on the crucial issue of Family Caregiving. While meeting with members of the legislature, these volunteers and staff will ask lawmakers to support Senate Bill 1262, the Patient Caregiver Support Act. According to the 2017 AARP Idaho Caregiving Survey, more than 80 percent of Idaho registered voters age 45 and older support the measures in SB …

— By Cathleen MacCaul, Advocacy Director, AARP Washington February is upon us and we find ourselves half-way through the 2018 legislative session.  We are not an association that rests on its laurels. While AARP Washington is monitoring progress on more than 100 bills, a handful – good and bad – are getting our full attention. Credit Freeze Charges After the Equifax data breach last year, fraud experts recommended that consumers place a credit freeze with all three bureaus, Experian, Equifax and …

— Consumer Workgroup Lays out Public Policy Actions Necessary to Prevent/Deter Elder Abuse Report urges lawmakers and regulators to take swift action to turn recommendations into laws and meaningful change Saint Paul, MN – A workgroup consisting of five consumer-focused organizations today released a report containing recommendations to improve the care and safety of older and vulnerable Minnesotans in nursing homes and assisted living settings. The Consumer Workgroup recommendations call for far-reaching policy and agency practice changes to prevent and deter …

— Our AARP Hawai‘i volunteers are active and visible in their red shirts as the 2018 Legislature gets underway. We’re working to make sure that the interests of people 50+ are heard and to push for bills that will make life better for kupuna, caregivers and people of all ages. On Monday, Advocacy Director Kerry Komatsubara briefed volunteers on the issues we will be lobbying for at the Legislature. We then visited with lawmakers on Tuesday to thank them for their …

—   Salem – AARP Oregon honored state legislators with “Down the Trail” awards for developing bi-partisan solutions to help older adults. Oregon’s former State Treasurer and legislator, Ben Westlund, was known as a statesman who brought people together to find bipartisan solutions to problems facing Oregon. “Bipartisan solutions can help us create policy that’s in the best interest of all Oregonians,” said Jerry Cohen AARP Oregon State Director. To honor Westlund’s bipartisanship, AARP Oregon named our top legislative award after …

— To recognize their integral work to support family caregivers in North Dakota, AARP named Senator Judy Lee, West Fargo, Representative Kathy Hogan, Fargo, and Representative Jay Seibel, Beulah, as 2017 “Capitol Caregivers,” a bipartisan group of nearly 100 elected officials from more than 30 states. These leaders have advanced policies to support family caregivers, who help their parents, spouses and other loved ones live independently at home and in the community. “AARP thanks Senator Lee and Representatives Hogan and Seibel …

— It’s a new year, and the AARP West Virginia Capital Advocacy Team is ready to spring into action when the legislature convenes Jan. 10. AARP staff and volunteers will meet with lawmakers throughout the session to discuss legislation that affects caregiving, financial security, broadband access, and funding for home and community-based services. In addition, AARP is working with health care providers to ensure smooth transitions from hospital to home for patients and their family caregivers under a state law enacted …

— Every single day, AARP Idaho volunteers fuel our work in communities across the Gem State. Without the hundreds who donate their time, skills and passion, we wouldn’t have enough capacity to help older Idahoans transform their lives. If you would like to learn more about our volunteer opportunities we encourage your to attend our next monthly volunteer network meeting. New Volunteers!! Please come at 1:15 PM for New Volunteer Orientation. Everyone Else!! Meeting starts at 2:00 PM sharp! This month …