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New York State Fact Sheet

AARP is proud to represent and serve 2,487,263 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 York will be working with legislators from both parties to protect lifeline programs, which provide seniors with food and nutrition programs, 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:  61 percent of New Yorkers 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 New Yorkers

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

  • Providing relief for 2,890,627 New Yorkers who won’t receive a cost of living increase (COLA) this year.

Protecting Medicare:  We are fighting to protect guaranteed benefits for the 2,877,270 New Yorkers 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 949,903 seniors by closing the Medicare Part D coverage gap or “doughnut hole.”
  • Preventing insurance companies from denying affordable coverage to up to 451,000 New Yorkers 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 29 percent of long-term care dollars in on home and community based-services for older adults and adults with physical disabilities and 71 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 3,300,000 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 $25,000,000,000. 

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

  • Enacting Automatic IRA legislation, which would help many of the estimated 5,130,000 New Yorkers who don’t currently have a retirement plan at work to have simple access to a retirement savings account. 

AARP: Fighting for New York

The United States is currently being battered by a severe recession affecting AARP members and threatening the critical health and long-term care services on which they depend.  The number of uninsured has increased to the highest level in recent years – 45.7 million Americans are uninsured and 7.2 million of those uninsured adults are ages 50-64.  State revenue shortfalls, when coupled with increasing unemployment rates, have created a huge demand for more state programs and services at a time when states can least afford it.  And, state lawmakers are facing incredible challenges to keep states functioning until the economy turns around.

AARP is especially concerned about possible cuts to programs like Medicaid and other health and long-term care programs that provide essential support to our most vulnerable citizens, including seniors, individuals with low incomes, and people with disabilities.  Medicaid is the backbone of financing for long-term care, including home and community-based services, in New York State.  It is also a significant portion of state budgets and, therefore, a likely target for cuts.  Protecting services for these populations is a high priority for AARP members in every state.

AARP is working to educate our members about state budget issues, conducting research on our members’ viewpoints about policy options, and advocating with stakeholders and lawmakers to preserve these vital services that help New Yorkers live with dignity and choice.

AARP Contact Information

New York:  Lois Aronstein, Sr. State Director,; (212) 407-3707
Washington, DC:  Denise DeMichele, Legislative Representative;, (202) 434-3374


Strengthening Social Security: Social Security Administration, 2007. OASDI Beneficiaries by State and County. Protecting Medicare: The Kaiser Family Foundation, 2008. State Health Facts.

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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