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Alabama State Fact Sheet

AARP is proud to represent and serve 460,449 AARP members age 50+ in the state. 

For 50 years, AARP has had one mission:  making life better for older Americans. AARP was created after its founder discovered a retired teacher in poor health living in a chicken coop, unable to afford medical care and with barely enough money to live on. Since then, AARP has been fighting for health and financial security for all Americans.

In 2010, AARP Alabama will be working with legislators from both parties to protect lifeline programs that provide seniors with food, health care and other necessities from deep budget cuts.  We will also be working to strengthen state laws to prevent banks and credit card companies from taking advantage of older Americans and to protect consumers from unfair utility hikes.

Age 50+ voters:  75 percent of Alabamians age 50+ voted in the 2008 election, sending a clear message that it’s time for elected officials from both sides of the aisle to come together to solve our nation’s problems.

AARP:  Working To Improve the Lives of All Alabamians

Strengthening Social Security.  We are fighting to strengthen Social Security for current and future generations by:Providing relief for 852,236 who won’t receive a cost of living increase (COLA) this year.

Protecting Medicare.  We are fighting to protect guaranteed benefits for the 804,351 Alabamians who receive their health care through Medicare.

Improving Health Care.  We are fighting to stop insurance abuses and protect the Medicare benefits seniors have earned by:

  • Lowering drug costs for 251,391 seniors by closing the Medicare Part D coverage gap or “doughnut hole.”
  • Preventing insurance companies from denying affordable coverage to up to 98,000 Alabamians age 50-64 based on age or pre-existing condition.
  • Expanding access to home and community-based services through Medicaid – the largest payer of long-term services and supports – which, in 2007, spent only 9 percent of long-term care dollars in on home and community based-services for older adults and adults with physical disabilities and 91 percent on institutional care for the same population.

Supporting Caregivers.  AARP is fighting to ensure more Americans can receive the services they need to live independently in their homes and communities by:

  • Valuing and supporting the 860,000 family caregivers in Alabama – individuals who provide help to their loved ones to enable them to live at home and whose unpaid contributions are valued at $5,200,000,000.   

Promoting Retirement Savings.  We are fighting to help Americans save for retirement by:

  • Enacting Automatic IRA legislation, which would help many of the estimated 1,014,000 Alabamians who don’t currently have a retirement plan at work to have simple access to a retirement savings account. 

AARP: Fighting for

AARP serves more than 457,000 members in Alabama through its work in championing access to affordable, quality health care, providing tools necessary to prepare and enjoy a secure retirement and by serving as an advocate for the needs of those age 50+ as they continue to work, serve as caregivers, volunteer, and make the most out of life.

AARP’s Create the Good initiative provides opportunities for volunteers to make a difference right in their own hometowns. People of all ages, from all walks of life, donate their time and effort to community service projects posted on AARP’s CreateTheGood.org website.  Our volunteerism includes projects for local nonprofits, as well as “do-it-yourself” projects like home energy savings, identity theft protection, and disaster preparedness.  In 2009, AARP’s Driver Safety volunteers educated 2,146 Alabamians.

The number of pedestrians killed in rose again last year—an especially dangerous prospect for older Americans.  To address the problem, AARP volunteers are evaluating intersections across the state for pedestrian safety and accessibility. The results of the assessments will be shared with policymakers, engineers and others concerned with creating more livable communities.

AARP supports ’s aging workforce by providing valuable resources to employers and older job seekers to create positive matches.  There are nearly 1.2 million mature workers (estimated 1,157,379 civilian labor force age 40+) in .  In fact, more than half of our workforce (total civilian labor force of 2,239,375) currently qualifies for the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.  Because older workers are a critical part of Alabama’s workforce, we also work with Alabama Industrial Development Training, The Business Council of Alabama, The Alabama Retail Association, the Office of Workforce Development, the Alabama Hospital Association, Society for Human Resource Management, National Federation of Independent Business, and others to promote sound workplace policies and best practices that support economic viability and a healthy, engaged workforce.

AARP Contact Information

Director; JCarter@aarp.org; (334) 954-3057
Andrea Price-Carter, Senior Legislative Representative; APCarter@aarp.org; (202) 434-3771


References

Strengthening Social Security: Social Security Administration, 2007. OASDI Beneficiaries by State and County.

Protecting Medicare: The Kaiser Family Foundation, 2008. State Health Facts. http://www.statehealthfacts.org/

Improving Health Care: Doughnut hole: AARP (PPI) Fact Sheet, 2009. “Closing the ‘Doughnut Hole’ Will Help Protect Over One-Third of Medicare Beneficiaries from High Drug Costs”

Improving Health Care: Uninsured 50-64: Census Bureau. Current Population Survey, Annual Social and Economic Supplement, 2007 through 2009

Improving Health Care: Home and Community-Based Services: AARP PPI, 2009. Across the States: Profiles of Long-term Care and Independent Living.

Supporting Caregivers: AARP PPI, 2008. Valuing the Invaluable: The Economic Value of Caregiving, 2008 Update.

Promoting Retirement Savings: Based on data from the US Census, State and Patterns & Current Populations Survey statistics on Pension Coverage. 2004.

Workforce Data: 2008 American Community Survey PUMS data as compiled by AARP Research and Strategic Analysis.

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