AARP Applauds Fix for Medicare Payments to Doctors

After 17 years of kicking the proverbial can down the road, Congress has come together in bipartisan fashion to repeal and replace Medicare’s flawed formula for reimbursing doctors with an improved payment plan. With President Obama’s April 21 signature of the Medicare and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), Medicare beneficiaries can finally feel more secure in knowing that they can keep seeing their physicians each year. AARP has advocated for a permanent fix of the old doctor payment formula, called the …

Does your state support services for older Americans, family caregivers?

Family caregivers provide an estimated $450 billion in unpaid care annually, helping their older parents, spouses and others to live independently at home—and out of costly institutional care, often paid for by Medicaid. But now, in a number of states as governors and legislatures negotiate their state’s annual budgets, critical assistance on which family caregivers and their loved ones rely on is at risk. Proposed cuts to home care, adult day services, meals-on-wheels and more have real consequences for families. …

Family Caregivers Share Stories, Speak Out For Change

As I work with states across the country, I’ve had the honor of meeting some amazing family caregivers who are standing up and fighting for the support they need. Each time, I am touched deeply by the remarkable and personal stories I hear, like Janet’s. Janet lives in Oregon, and knows firsthand the challenges caregivers face every day.  Six years ago Janet left her job as a television film producer for a true labor of love—to care for her step-father …

‘Help Please’: One Man’s Plea Against Rising Utility Rates

“Help please.” That was Christopher’s message when he signed a petition urging the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to take action and lower his utility rates. You see, it had been nearly a decade since utility company JCP&L’s rates had been reviewed and we thought it was time to challenge the electricity rates they had been charging their customers for years.  AARP fought hard for Christopher and all New Jerseyans to reduce JCP&L’s rates by almost $35 million so …

Friend, Caregiver, Fighter: One Woman’s Story

As National Women’s History Month comes to a close, I’d like to share the story of my friend Audrey — a woman whose compassion, perseverance, strength and resilience certainly merit an honorable mention in the Women’s Hall of Fame. I met Audrey more than 30 years ago, when she was preparing to leave her own home to move in to care for her father. Like millions of American women do every day, she balanced working full time with family caregiving. …

6 Myths About the Health Care Law

There have been a lot of misconceptions regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as  Obamacare. As a service to our members, we thought it would be a good idea to discuss some of the myths vs. facts regarding this significant law. Myth: The ACA is hurting small businesses by forcing them to provide health insurance and is limiting their hiring potential. Fact: The ACA does not require most small businesses to provide health insurance to their …