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New Hampshire State Fact Sheet

AARP is proud to represent and serve 230,306 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 New Hampshire 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:  76 percent of Granite Staters 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 Granite Staters

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

  • Providing relief for 217,976 Granite Staters who won’t receive a cost of living increase (COLA) this year.

Protecting Medicare:  We are fighting to protect guaranteed benefits for the 203,608 Granite Staters 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 62,645 seniors by closing the Medicare Part D coverage gap or “doughnut hole.”
  • Preventing insurance companies from denying affordable coverage to up to 26,000 Granite Staters 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 13 percent of long-term care dollars in on home and community based-services for older adults and adults with physical disabilities and 87 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 220,000 family caregivers in – individuals who provide help to their loved ones to enable them to live at home and whose unpaid contributions are valued at $1,830,000,000.   

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

  • Enacting Automatic IRA legislation, which would help many of the estimated 355,500 Granite Staters who don’t currently have a retirement plan at work to have simple access to a retirement savings account.

AARP: Fighting for New Hampshire

AARP New Hampshire continues to engage volunteers, members, labor and business leaders, government officials, legislators, and community stakeholders across the through community outreach, social impact work, and policy/issue forums. Through our community outreach and advocacy efforts, AARP is poised to make things better for residents age 50+.

Over 44,000 AARP New Hampshire activists are working to engage federal and state-elected officials on public policy issues of importance to residents age 50+. Our Grassroots Volunteer Network is well organized, with volunteers in 24 state Senate districts and both congressional districts. These dedicated volunteers mobilize our members on policy issues through community engagement, newsletters, e-mails, volunteer trainings, and community issue forums.  Volunteers also serve as a direct line of communication between AARP members and federal and state elected officials, sharing with them the impact of their policy positions on people age 50+.

In 2009, AARP New Hampshire had success advocating for the continuation of full funding in 2010 for senior volunteer programs which were on the chopping block in the state budget.  Through our grassroots activities, we convinced the state legislature to continue funding the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Foster Grandparents, and Senior Companions.  If not funded, many of these services would either disappear or require funding from local communities, whose budgets are already stretched thin.    

AARP New Hampshire is also helping make life better for its members and others through other initiatives.  Helping residents stay healthy – and save money – are the goals of our Wise Use of Medicine educational campaign.  Helping employers understand the upcoming demographic shift and what it means to their businesses is accomplished through our 50+ Worker campaign. 

Our 2010, goals build upon previous years' activities, including bi-partisan action on health care, long-term care, livable communities, and financial security issues.

AARP Contact Information

New Hampshire:  Kelly Clark, Sr. State Director, KClark@aarp.org; (603) 621-1001       
Washington, DC:  Denise DeMichele, Legislative Representative; DDemichele@aarp.org, (202) 434-3374

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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