Advocacy

Stay up-to-date on federal and state legislative activities. Learn how AARP is fighting for you in Washington D.C. and right here at home.
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Roger Calhoun of Mason County to begin serving two-year term as citizen member
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The state ranks 44th in the nation in internet connectivity, and more than 400,000 West Virginians have no access to high-speed internet. 
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AARP West Virginia has long had a very visible and influential presence at the state capitol, advocating for Mountain Staters 50-plus. 
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Broadband expansion, telehealth reform and stronger protections in the fight against elder abuse among AARP-supported bills passed in 60-day session
Social Security
Thanks in part to the advocacy campaign by AARP West Virginia, Mountain Staters will enjoy a phaseout of a state tax on Social Security benefits.  
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Expansion of high speed internet, caregiving, long-term care, health care access among session priority issues
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Amid rise in COVID-19 cases and deaths, virtual meetings with federal lawmakers focused on action to protect 50+
Prescription medicine and money
Pharmaceutical prices affect most West Virginians, with 89 percent reporting that they or someone else in their household takes prescription drugs. AARP West Virginia is working to provide more transparency on drug costs and more competitive pricing by implementing a 2020 law, the Requiring Accountable Pharmaceutical Transparency, Oversight, and Reporting Act. 
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AARP West Virginia and its advocacy volunteers won important legislative victories this year that will protect older adults from fraud and financial abuse.
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Senate Bill 689, forcing drug companies to justify dramatic price increases, heads to Governor for signature.
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