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AARP’s John Rother Honored with Award for Outstanding Achievements in Social Insurance

For Immediate Release

March 8, 2010

Contact: AARP Media Relations,, 202-434-2560


AARP’s John Rother Honored with Award for Outstanding Achievements in Social Insurance


WASHINGTON – AARP is pleased to announce that long-time Policy and Advocacy Director, John Rother, has been selected by the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) as the recipient of the prestigious 2010 Robert M. Ball Award for Outstanding Achievements in Social Insurance.  The award recognizes an individual whose work has made a significant impact on the social insurance system.

“NASI’s decision to honor John reinforces what AARP has known for decades – that when it comes to strengthening social programs and working for the people who rely on them, few can match John’s passion or his depth of knowledge,” said Tom Nelson, AARP’s Chief Operating Officer.  “AARP is proud to have John as a member of our team, but more importantly our members and all older Americans are lucky to have an advocate like John Rother fighting for them.”

Each year NASI presents the award to an individual whose recent work has made a significant contribution to the social insurance program by furthering public understanding, encouraging informed policy-making and deepening public understanding about social insurance.  Rother was selected for the award because of his continued work to promote and raise public awareness about the importance of social insurance programs in the lives of aging Americans. 

The award was created in honor of Robert Ball who had been an important participant in every Social Security development of the past 60 years, as well as serving as a mentor to Rother.

Rother, a founding member of NASI, has been actively involved with their leadership development initiatives.  He is also active in many coalitions and organizations, currently serving as Chair for the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations and as Vice Chair for the National Quality Forum.  In addition, Rother is a Board Member of the for Health Reform, the National Coalition for Health Care, the American Board of Internal Medicine, the eHealth Initiative and the .

About AARP

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 VIVA, the only bilingual U.S. publication dedicated exclusively to the 50+ Hispanic community; and our website,  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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