— 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 important to North Dakotans 50 and older. 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 committees have been discussing, when the next meetings will be, and how you can help ensure …

North Dakota State Capitol

— 2019 Legislature Wraps Up and Older North Dakotans Win Big AARP North Dakota advocacy volunteers came out in force during the state legislative session that wrapped up in late April. The results proved just how effective our members’ voices can be. Volunteer phone calls, e-mails, postcards, and conversations with legislators helped pass bills supporting caregivers, taxpayers and anyone who wants to live in their home and community for as long as possible. The first win for older North Dakotans was …

— AARP Oregon Staff and volunteers will be at the state capitol this year working on legislation that is important to people 50+ and their families. Join our email list by clicking here to receive advocacy updates so you can get involved. Here are the top priorities this session: DHS Budget for Long Term Supports and Services (LTSS) – AARP Oregon and the Campaign for Oregon Seniors and People with Disabilities will work to ensure sufficient funding for Oregon’s system of providing …

— By Lupe Wissel, AARP Idaho state director On behalf of AARP Idaho and our 186,000 members across the Gem State, I would like to applaud Governor Little’s priorities outlined in his first State of the State address. We agree Proposition 2 deserves full funding and implementation as soon as possible. Idaho voters spoke overwhelmingly in favor of expanding Medicaid. It’s now vital that Legislators administer the will of the people, without instituting barriers, and provide increased access to health care …

— AARP North Dakota’s advocacy agenda is taking shape as we prepare for the 2019 session of the North Dakota Legislature, which beings on January 3. We’d like to invite you to participate in a conversation about or work with state legislators. At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, we’ll host a statewide telephone town hall for our members. We invite you to participate and ask your questions about the 2019 legislature and our advocacy work during the session. We know we’ll …

— 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 …