AARP Executive Vice President

Nancy LeaMond, executive vice president of AARP's State and National Group, leads government relations, advocacy and public education for AARP's social change agenda. LeaMond also has responsibility for AARP's state operation, which includes offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

We Hear You, but Do the Candidates?

I spent an evening recently watching a focus group — a moderated conversation about the election and Social Security with 30 undecided voters. For those of us in Washington, D.C., who are around policy and politics all the time, it’s very helpful to hear what “real people” think. The group included men and women, from young adults voting in just their second presidential election to older voters who have witnessed a lifetime of political promises. Maybe that’s where the cynicism …

It’s Time for FAIR Drug Pricing

En español | Today, AARP endorsed new legislation that would hold drug companies more accountable for their pricing decisions. Thank you to Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) for introducing the bipartisan FAIR Drug Pricing Act of 2016 calling on drug companies to be more transparent in how they price their products. As evidenced by the recent uproar over the lifesaving allergy drug EpiPen, exorbitant prescription drug prices and price increases have been …

50+ Organizations Urge U.S. House to Pass RAISE Act Now

Now that our congressional representatives have returned to Washington, it’s time for them to take action to help America’s greatest support system — our family caregivers. AARP is joining with more than 50 organizations to urge the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the RAISE Act — bipartisan, commonsense legislation that would bring together a range of stakeholders to help identify actions that will recognize and support America’s 40 million family caregivers. Find out if your U.S. representative has cosponsored the …

America’s Family Caregivers Can’t Wait: Tell Congress to Pass the RAISE Act Now

After Labor Day, when Congress returns from its summer recess, there will only be 33 working days left for the U.S. House of Representatives before the end of the year. That’s not a lot of time to address some of our nation’s biggest challenges. One item awaiting action that should be an immediate priority is the RAISE (Recognize, Assist, Include, Support and Engage) Family Caregivers Act.  This bipartisan, commonsense step to aid America’s greatest support system — family caregivers — …

AARP Survey Says Women Want Action on Social Security

On Aug. 14, Social Security turned 81 years old — an important milestone that had me reflecting on how far we’ve come . . . and how much work we still need to do. So much has changed since 1935.  Back then, fewer than half of U.S. households had a telephone, and radio was the only mass communication device. Prices seem incredibly low by today’s standards — consumers paid 10 cents a gallon to fill the tank of their new $650 …

Defying Convention(al) Wisdom

This has been anything but a normal election year. Last week, at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Donald Trump officially became his party’s nominee. When he first announced his candidacy a little over a year ago, few thought he had a real shot.  Pundits pointed to the roster of current and former governors and senators among the 17 primary candidates as the most likely nominees. And, just yesterday, Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic nomination in Philadelphia. For the first 143 years …