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Elaine Ryan

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Elaine Ryan is the vice president of State Advocacy and Strategy Integration (SASI) in AARP's Government Affairs group. She leads a team of dedicated legislative staff who work with AARP state offices to advance advocacy with Governors and state legislators, helping people 50+ attain and maintain their long-term financial security and health.

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Caring for Our Spouses

Posted on 04/14/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsMeet the Mitchems and the Shapards: two Oklahoma families who would benefit greatly from the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act. Cheryl Mitchem cares for her husband, Alphus, who battles brain cancer. She has help from her adult daughter, Kristin — but like so many of the 42 million family caregivers nationwide, Cheryl struggles with the complex medical and nursing tasks she must perform for Alphus. She has had no training to carry out these duties — like managing multiple …

Mom, Pop & the CARE Act

Posted on 04/7/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsAs I recently told Ron Fournier of the National Journal, the memories of Mom and Pop are part of what drive me in my work to support family caregivers as they help their loved ones live independently at home. Like most Americans, Mom and Pop wanted to stay at home — and not go into a nursing home or other facility. In their 80s they become first-time homeowners of a one-story house, and I continued in my role as their …

Our Silent Army of Family Caregivers

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsAs a caregiver who spent decades helping my Mom and Pop to live independently in their home, I understand what the compelling new report on military caregivers, released today, makes abundantly clear: Family caregivers who help our veterans need support — much like those of us who undertake the labor of love to assist our aging parents and other loved ones. While each caregiver’s experience is unique — whether we’re helping older adults, younger disabled Americans, our veterans — together, we …

Battleground States in the Fight for Medicaid Expansion

Posted on 03/31/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsA few days ago, the Maine legislature passed a bill — for the third time — that would expand affordable health coverage for nearly 70,000 residents who earn up to $15,000 a year. These hard-working Mainers — our friends, neighbors, even family — may have lost their jobs or are working in jobs that don’t offer health coverage. Gov. Paul LePage has already vetoed two similar bills to expand Medicaid, which would not only help the thousands of Mainers who …

Family Caregivers, CARE Act Gain Support

Posted on 03/24/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsAloha! After a busy few weeks of travel to fight for family caregivers — and enjoying some warm Hawaii sunshine in between meetings — I’m back in chilly D.C. with news to report. First, I had the pleasure of spending time with AARP Hawaii as it works to pass the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act and support the 247,000 family caregivers in Hawaii — as well as the seniors these caregivers help to live independently, at home. Throughout the week, we …

Spotlight: New York’s Rising Utility Rates

Posted on 03/17/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsWhile Washington, D.C., has been home for the last 25 years, I grew up in New York and am still a New Yorker at heart. I miss many things about the Empire State, but definitely not the winters — especially this year, when the strong storms and bitter cold have been brutal. During the harsh winter months, it is critical that we all are able to keep our homes warm and the lights on. For New Yorkers, this is becoming …