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District of Columbia State Fact Sheet

AARP District of Columbia is proud to represent and serve 85,899    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 District of Columbia 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:  68 percent of Washingtonians 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 Washingtonians

Strengthening Social Security:  We are fighting to strengthen Social Security for current and future generations by:

  • Providing relief for 64,941 who won’t receive a cost of living increase (COLA) this year.

Protecting Medicare:  We are fighting to protect guaranteed benefits for the 74,805 Washingtonians 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 13,732 seniors by closing the Medicare Part D coverage gap or “doughnut hole.”
  • Preventing insurance companies from denying affordable coverage to up to 10,000 Washingtonians 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 33 percent of long-term care dollars in on home and community based-services for older adults and adults with physical disabilities and 66 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 87,000 family caregivers in District of Columbia – individuals who provide help to their loved ones to enable them to live at home and whose unpaid contributions are valued at $670,000,000.   

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

  • Enacting Automatic IRA legislation, which would help many of the estimated 150,300 Washingtonians who don’t currently have a retirement plan at work to have simple access to a retirement savings account.

AARP: Fighting for the District of Columbia

AARP District of Columbia (D.C.) is proud to represent more than 85,000 people and has one of the highest AARP membership penetration rates in the entire country.  has established itself as a leading voice on healthcare, long-term care, aging in place, and consumer issues.  is fighting to expand health insurance coverage, improve nursing home quality, increase Washingtonians’ choices in terms of where they live and how they receive services, and provide meaningful resources to older job seekers.

AARP D.C. is committed to championing access to affordable, quality health care for all, providing the tools needed to save for retirement, expanding opportunities for community service, and serving as a reliable information source on issues critical to District of Columbia residents age 50+.

AARP D.C. is led by a strong and effective volunteer Executive Council and benefits from a highly diverse Advocacy Team of 16 volunteers, representing every political jurisdiction (eight Wards) in the City.  Our volunteers inform members of the Council of the and D.C. agency officials about issues important to members and give testimony to the Council of AARP’s position on these issues. We also engage more than 15,200 online advocates, who share our concerns with their Council members and attend key hearings and other events.

AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly: “Making a Difference in the District”

AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE) champions the dignity and rights of D.C. residents age 60+ by providing free legal services to those in need—empowering, defending and protecting vulnerable seniors. In 2009 alone, LCE helped more than 3,000 older neighbors in courtroom advocacy on consumer, property tax and housing issues; by assisting with public benefits, custody and identity theft problems; and through drafting wills, powers of attorney, advance directives, and other important legal documents. In addition, the D.C. Long-term care Ombudsman program, which is housed in LCE, addressed more than 700 separate complaints in 2009 from residents of nursing homes and board and care homes.

AARP Contact Information

District of Columbia:  Louis Davis, Senior State Director; LDavis@aarp.org; (202) 434-7712

Washington, DC: 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.

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