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AARP Public Policy How We Set Policy

AARP develops its public policies through a consistent, ongoing process that begins with member input and policy analysis. At the heart of our policy-development process are AARP’s all-volunteer National Policy Council (NPC) and the board of directors. NPC members represent a diverse cross section of AARP members and have a proven record of public policy interest and experience. They make public policy recommendations to the AARP board of directors. The board assesses the NPC’s recommendations and approves the public policies that provide the basis for advocacy efforts by AARP volunteers and staff.


In making its recommendations, the NPC listens to the voice of our members, reviews relevant research and expert opinions, and analyzes policy options. AARP members are welcome to submit suggestions during an annual policy solicitation, and the NPC commissions an annual survey of members on key issues. AARP staff experts analyze emerging issues, trends, and legal and regulatory changes that affect existing organizational policy. NPC members hear from nationally renowned policy experts and read background materials from across the political spectrum. Synthesizing all this information, the NPC makes policy recommendations that best address the needs of the 50-plus population, both now and in the future. Once the board of directors finalizes federal, state and local policy recommendations, they are made available in The Policy Book.


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