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Helping Older Americans Get Through Economic Downturn, Prepare for Future Top AARP 2010 Advocacy Agenda

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February 18, 2010

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Helping Older Americans Get Through Economic Downturn, Prepare for Future Top AARP 2010 Advocacy Agenda

Association continues fight to improve health care, strengthen retirement security and build smarter communities.

Washington, DC – AARP today released its 2010 Advocacy Agenda, detailing the Association’s federal and state legislative priorities to help older Americans navigate the current economic recession, as well as build health and financial security for today’s seniors and future generations.

“The economic downturn has put relentless pressure on older Americans—many of whom suffered disastrous losses in retirement savings and face increasing medical and insurance costs,” said AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond. “We’re fighting to protect Medicare and Social Security, help all Americans save for retirement and ensure people can get the necessary resources to remain living independently in their own homes and communities.”

AARP’s 2010 Advocacy Agenda, which will be shared with every Congressional office, includes the following priorities:

* Improving Health Care: Protect Medicare for seniors and future generations; lower prescription drug costs, eliminate waste, fraud and abuse; and crack down on insurance abuses that are denying Americans, especially those ages 50-64, access to affordable, reliable coverage.

* Fighting for Economic Relief: Provide $250 in economic relief to millions of seniors whose Social Security benefits will be frozen this year; and extend critical financial and health insurance support for millions of workers struggling to get back on the job.

* Protecting Retirement Security: Enact protections to hold banks accountable for unfair lending practices, foreclosures, fraud and excessive fees that have robbed millions of older Americans of their financial stability.

* Improving Housing, Transportation Options: Advance transportation options for safe and convenient travel by everyone, regardless of age or ability; and expand suitable housing opportunities for older residents and those with disabilities.

* Preventing Age Discrimination: Protect older workers from being discriminated against in the workplace or being denied access to extra help because of their age.

* Helping Americans Save: Enact auto-enrolled retirement savings accounts for millions of American workers who do not have access to workplace savings programs like 401(k)’s.

State Advocacy Agenda

* Fighting for Older Americans in Every State: Advocate on state health and long term care issues; protect critical programs from budget cuts, like home and community-based services and supports; enact state laws to protect consumers, particularly low-income seniors, from fraudulent and inappropriate retirement investments; and fight unfair utility price increases.

“For 50 years, AARP has had one mission: making life better for older Americans,” added LeaMond. “We’ll be at it in 2010 with all we’ve got, and we look forward to working with President Obama and Members of Congress from both parties to find solutions to the challenges that are facing too many older Americans.”

For a copy of AARP’s 2010 Advocacy Agenda, please visit http://www.aarp.org/makeadifference/advocacy/GovernmentWatch/articles/2010_aarp_advocacy_agenda.html.


AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world's largest-circulation magazine with over 35.7 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP's millions of members and Americans 50+; AARP Segunda Juventud, the only bilingual U.S. publication dedicated exclusively to the 50+ Hispanic community; and our website, AARP.org. AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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