—   AARP Oklahoma hosted a series of tele-forum town halls with our state’s nominees for Oklahoma governor. Kevin Stitt, Drew Edmondson and Chris Powell answered your questions about where they stand on the issues of nursing home reform, the high cost of prescription drugs and supporting our unpaid family caregivers.     QUESTION – Would you support providing a state income tax credit to family caregivers who use their own money to care for an older parent, spouse or other …

— One by one, the names and accomplishments of 50 Indian Elders were shared with an audience of more than 800 at AARP Oklahoma’s 10th Annual Indian Elder Honors celebration at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City on Tuesday, October 2, 2018. As the distinguished honorees were announced, they stood to applause, and a medallion was presented to each honoree. AARP State Director Sean Voskuhl said, “This event celebrates a lifetime of service from these distinguished elders …

— AARP Oklahoma is accepting nominations for its 10th annual Indian Elder Honors, celebrating 50 Native American elders who have positively impacted their communities, families, and tribal nations. Since its inception in 2009, AARP Oklahoma has recognized 450 elders from all 39 tribal nations in Oklahoma. “The AARP Indian Elder Honors recognizes the extraordinary contribution of Indian elders – many of whom have never been recognized before,” AARP Oklahoma Volunteer State President Joe Ann Vermillion said. Last year’s honorees from 33 …

— Sean Voskuhl, AARP OK State Director 405-715-4475 swvoskuhl@aarp.org   Melba Knight, Senior Operations Specialist 405-715-4472 mknight@aarp.org   Mashell Sourjohn, Associate State Director- Community Outreach 405-715-4474 msourjohn@aarp.org   Chad Mullen, Associate State Director- Advocacy 405-715-4470 chmullen@aarp.org   Joy McGill, Associate State Director- Community Outreach 918-352-5641 jmcgill@aarp.org   Melanie Henry, Associate State Director- Communications and Community Outreach 918-402-6666 mhenry@aarp.org

— AARP Oklahoma announced today its support of Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter’s motions to lower utility rates as a result of federal corporate tax reductions taking effect in 2018. Due to recent changes in tax law, utilities in Oklahoma will have their tax payments reduced collectively by $100 million a year, including a reduction of $52 million for OG&E and $24 million for PSO. “AARP Oklahoma supports Attorney General Hunter’s efforts to ensure the tax reductions generated by recent corporate …

— AARP Oklahoma urges Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) customers and Oklahoma Corporation Commission to reject PSO’s $170 million utility rate hike proposal. If approved by Corporation Commissioners, Dana Murphy, Bob Anthony, and Todd Hiett, PSO’s customer bills will increase $14 a month or $168 per year. “PSO is seeking another exorbitant rate increase, and, once again, as party to the case, AARP Oklahoma will continue to fight on behalf of residential customers. Last time they asked for a rate …

— Nona Penner of Yukon was honored, posthumously, for positively impacting the lives of others throughout her life. She was named the recipient of the 2017 AARP Oklahoma Andrus Award for Community Service, which is the highest honor presented by AARP, at a luncheon in Oklahoma City on November 14, 2017. Penner was one of six nominees. AARP State Director Sean Voskuhl said, “Nona Penner’s generous and giving spirit exemplifies the best of Oklahoma and we honor her commitment to community …

—   AARP Oklahoma announces The City of Shawnee winner of the AARP Community Challenge, aiming to create positive local change and improve quality of life at the community-level. With AARP funds of $9936.00, The City of Shawnee will install a traffic circle located at the intersection of West Burns Street and North Chapman Avenue to create traffic calming measures and improve safety for pedestrians, bikers, and vehicular traffic alike. This project is fully funded through the AARP Community Challenge grant …

— AARP Oklahoma is hosting a tele-town hall on Tuesday, March 21 at 10am CST. The tele-town hall will focus on House Bill 1013 which gives nurse practitioners more authority to heal. HB1013 increases Oklahomans’ access to health care, take steps toward addressing the shortage of primary health care providers, and supports the 524,000 caregivers in our state. AARP OK supports granting nurse practitioners the freedom to practice to the full extent of their education and training and 87 percent of Oklahomans …

— AARP Oklahoma announces support of full practice authority for nurse practitioners HB 1013 addresses primary care shortage in rural Oklahoma, helps caregivers   OKLAHOMA CITY (Jan. 31, 2017) AARP Oklahoma today announced their support of a measure that would increase Oklahomans’ access to health care, take steps toward addressing the shortage of primary health care providers, and support caregivers. House Bill 1013, by Rep. Josh Cockroft (R-Wanette) and Senate author A.J. Griffin (R-Guthrie), would grant Oklahoma nurse practitioners (NPs) the …