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Keep options open With the
legislative session set to begin Feb.
4, AARP is mobilizing to prevent
cuts to programs that help people
continue living independently
as they age. ; Oregon’s long-term care system is considered a
model for providing alternatives
to nursing home care, with some
24,000 people currently receiving assistance in their homes and
communities. Possible budget cuts
and other changes could jeopardize services such as in-home care,
adult day care and home-delivered
meals. AARP aims to safeguard
these programs and is pushing for
measures to maintain choice and
access to care settings. ; AARP
invites members to attend Lobby
Day in Salem on March 26 for issue
briefings and visits with legislators.
For details, go to aarp.org/or. To
sign up for legislative updates by
email, go to aarp.org/getinvolved.
Changing needs Montana’s population is aging, with an increasing
percentage of residents age 75 and older. AARP is urging lawmakers to
adjust priorities accordingly by enhancing services that help older Montanans continue to live at home. ; In the biennial legislative session
beginning Jan. 7, AARP staf and volunteers will encourage lawmakers to shift a greater share of the state’s Medicaid dollars to in-home
services that help frail people with basic chores of daily living, such as
preparing meals and bathing. AARP also supports adequate funding
for home-delivered meals and community senior centers, and transitioning people who don’t need round-the-clock care from nursing facilities to home or community settings. ; To ask legislators to support
these measures, call 406-444-4800 or go to leg.mt.gov/message.
Be part of the solution With high stakes for older Nevadans in
the biennial legislative session that convenes Feb. 4, AARP Nevada has
a full agenda in Carson City. AARP staf and volunteers are working to
protect Medicaid funding for home- and community-based services
for long-term care, expand resources for family caregivers, maintain
support for the state’s aging-services network and monitor development of a state health insurance exchange to help uninsured Nevadans
find afordable coverage. ; AARP members can help push for these
measures by email and phone, as well as by meeting with legislators.
Sign up for updates on these issues at aarp.org/getinvolved.
Crackdown on abuse A new
state law seeks to shield older
Alaskans from fraud. A victim—or
anyone who suspects a vulnerable person is being financially
exploited—can request a court
protective order to block the
abuser from accessing the victim’s money. Professionals such
as nursing home workers are required to report suspected abuse.
; An estimated 5 million older
Americans are financially exploited each year. Only one in 25 cases
is reported, however, and more
than 60 percent of abusers are
the victims’ adult children. ; For
more information, contact the
Ofce of Elder Fraud and Assistance at 907-334-5932.
Homeless population in emergency
and transitional shelters in each
state, D.C. and Puerto Rico in 2010.
SOURCE: US. .
Access to care In Utah, the
only adults generally eligible for
Medicaid are those who have
children and a very low household
income—less than 45 percent of
the federal poverty level. AARP
Utah is part of a coalition seeking to
change that. ; When the legislature convenes Jan. 28, AARP aims
to ensure the state does not opt out
of Medicaid expansion for adults
with income up to 138 percent of
the poverty level, whether they
have children or not. This would
cover more than 100,000 uninsured
Utahans, ofering alternatives for
those who now turn to emergency
rooms for basic care. The federal
government will pay for the expansion for three years and 90 percent
thereafter. ; For more information,
email Danny Harris, associate state
director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
—Reports by Rita Beamish
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