AARP Advocacy

More Boomers Are Becoming Their Own Bosses

Posted on 02/10/2014 by | AARP Executive Vice President | Comments

WorkDo you have a plan to recession-proof your life? A growing number of workers age 50-plus do, and it involves turning interests, hobbies or skills into a small business. Many older workers are using decades of experience and business connections to become their own bosses. These “encore entrepreneurs” bring to the effort a lifetime of knowledge. And their numbers are on the rise. in fact, from 1996 to 2012, Americans ages 55 to 64 had a higher rate of entrepreneurial …

Older Voters Will Determine Who Wins in 2014 and 2016

Posted on 02/3/2014 by | AARP Executive Vice President | Comments

PoliticsVoters age 50-plus decide elections. They turn out to the polls at a much higher rate than voters of any other age group, particularly for non-presidential years. And, at this point, they’re up for grabs. Neither party today has a clear advantage. One reason: Older voters are shifting back to the center, with a mere 1-point advantage separating Republicans from Democrats, according to an Economist/YouGov poll. Another reason: Boomers. Yes, the last of the generation born between 1946 and 1964 …

AARP Will Work With President, Congress for Secure Future

Posted on 01/29/2014 by | AARP CEO | Comments

PoliticsThe president’s speech tonight addressed issues AARP has been working on since long before President Lyndon Johnson’s war on poverty began over 50 years ago. Social Security and Medicare have helped make a difference by protecting the middle class and keeping millions out of poverty, but many families and Americans of all ages continue to struggle. As we look toward this season of new budget proposals, we also urge the president and Congress to fight for responsible solutions to strengthen …

Budget Deficit Talks Finally Exclude Benefit Programs

Posted on 12/26/2013 by | AARP Media Relations Team | Comments

PoliticsLast week as the Senate worked to pass a bipartisan budget framework that doesn’t cut Social Security or Medicare benefits, a hearing without the same fanfare took place just steps away. In a high-ceiling, wood-paneled committee room, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) chaired a hearing that might prove the more historical moment of the week. With plenty of empty chairs and a parade of bipartisan senators throughout the two hours the hearing lasted, an expert, ideologically-diverse panel that included AARP President Rob Romasco, spoke without even …

Bipartisanship and Boomer Women

Posted on 12/18/2013 by | AARP Executive Vice President | Comments

Money & Savings | PoliticsMonths before the recent budget agreement was reached, a bipartisan exchange of ideas took place on a much smaller-scale when four legislators joined an AARP-sponsored forum on financial challenges facing boomer women. Topics ranged from trying to “have it all” in terms of balancing work and family, to the need for women to “lean in” and help each other, to the uncertain financial future many women face. Moderated by award-winning financial journalist and best-selling author Jean Chatzky, the panel of …

Millions Save on Prescriptions and Get No-Cost Preventive Services

Posted on 12/17/2013 by | AARP Executive Vice President | Comments

PoliticsNearly seven million seniors and people with disabilities on Medicare have saved $9 billion to date on their prescription drugs thanks to the Affordable Care Act, according to new data released today by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. That’s an average savings of about $1,200 per person since the health care law started closing the “doughnut hole.” Over time, the law will eliminate the doughnut hole — the gap in Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage where enrollees …