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Welcome Back, Legislators

WV State Capitol (Photo: AARPWV/D. Lowther)

January is back-to-work time for state lawmakers, and AARP is primed to take action on behalf of West Virginians age 50-plus. The two-month regular session begins Jan. 14, and AARP West Virginia is mobilizing its Capitol Advocacy Team of volunteers to press for legislation to bolster retirement security, lighten the load on family caregivers and strengthen services that help people age in place.

About 287,000 private sector workers in West Virginia do not have access to a workplace retirement savings plan. According to a 2011 AARP report, about 303,000 West Virginians are serving as caregivers, providing about 290 million hours of care a year.

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