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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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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

PoliticsBREAKING UPDATE:  The Hawaii legislature has created a task force to examine the critical role family caregivers serve  when their loved ones go into the hospital and then transition home. As a named member of the task force, AARP Hawaii will help evaluate how to implement provisions of the CARE Act as well as the community resources needed for family caregivers to safely care for their loved ones at home. In early 2015, the task force will make a recommendation …

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 …

The CARE Act: Caring for Family Caregivers

Posted on 03/10/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Caregiving | PoliticsI was a family caregiver for my Mom and Pop for more than 15 years. After all they’d done for me, it was my pleasure to care for them. Through the years, we were in and out of a dozen hospitals and rehabilitation centers. Each time at discharge, I was handed a dizzying array of responsibilities to ensure my parents recovered from illness and regained their health and happiness. Medication changes, wound care, nebulizers and more became part of our …

Take Charge of Your Future With ‘Work and Save’

Posted on 03/3/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsWe all dream of a comfortable retirement — time to relax, travel, learn a new language or take up a hobby. But in these tough economic times, that dream can sometimes feel a little out of reach, especially for those who work for small businesses — because most of them have no access to any type of retirement savings plan at work. In fact, 3 out of 5 households headed by someone 65 or older have no money in retirement savings accounts. …

Fighting for Family Caregivers

Posted on 02/24/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsMike is a 55-year-old Mississippian and a family caregiver for his lifelong friend Joe, who suffered a stroke.  Mike has found more emotional strength than he knew he had when the reality hit that caring for Joe is a 24-hour-a-day job. Nancy went from daughter to family caregiver, and after weeks of sleeping in her father’s hospital room, stress-filled months and sleepless nights, she learned to rely on her siblings, make a plan and step back into her life. Amy …