AARP Advocacy

Celebrating All Volunteers

Posted on 04/10/2014 by | AARP Executive Vice President | Comments

VolunteeringAARP is pleased to celebrate National Volunteer Week, an annual opportunity to step back and recognize the hardworking volunteers who dedicate their time, talents and passions to improving every corner of this great nation. While it’s easy to get caught up in statistics – more than 60 million volunteers, more than 7 billion hours of service – it’s the “good” behind those numbers that is truly awesome. At AARP, we couldn’t achieve our mission to improve aging in America without …

It’s Time to Talk About America’s Long-Term Care Crisis

Posted on 04/8/2014 by | AARP Executive Vice President | Comments

CaregivingAARP applauds the Bipartisan Policy Center for highlighting the need for a real discussion about America’s long-term care crisis and solutions to address it. Millions of individuals and families currently caring for loved ones are faced every day with physical, financial and emotional challenges. Family caregivers need support — individuals want to live independently in their homes and communities — and as a country we are not prepared. Every night, families are discussing these tough issues around their kitchen table. It’s time …

Where AARP Stands on Chairman Ryan’s Budget Proposal

Posted on 04/2/2014 by | AARP Executive Vice President | Comments

PoliticsAs AARP reviews the details of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s fiscal year 2015 budget proposal, we encourage members of Congress to consider the impact on real people when looking for ways to address our nation’s financial challenges. Chairman Ryan’s proposed budget fails to address the high costs of health care and instead shifts costs onto seniors and future retirees. Repealing the benefits of the Affordable Care Act ignores the progress we’ve made to improve access to health care …

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 …

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 …