AARP is proud to represent and serve over 2.7 million 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 Florida 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: 69 percent of Floridians 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 Floridians
Strengthening Social Security: We are fighting to strengthen Social Security for current and future generations by:
- Providing relief for 3,317,727 who won’t receive a cost of living increase (COLA) this year.
Protecting Medicare: We are fighting to protect guaranteed benefits for the 3,180,256 Floridians 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 1,302,719 seniors by closing the Medicare Part D coverage gap or “doughnut hole.”
- Preventing insurance companies from denying affordable coverage to up to 654,000 Floridians 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 14 percent of long-term care dollars in on home and community based-services for older adults and adults with physical disabilities and 86 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 2,700,000 family caregivers in Florida – individuals who provide help to their loved ones to enable them to live at home and whose unpaid contributions are valued at $19,200,000,000.
Promoting Retirement Savings: We are fighting to help Americans save for retirement by:
- Enacting Automatic IRA legislation, which would help many of the estimated 5,523,800 Floridians who don’t currently have a retirement plan at work to have simple access to a retirement savings account.
AARP: Fighting for Florida
Floridians face tough financial challenges today. That’s why AARP fought with the strength of its over 2.7 million members to stop $1.7 billion in proposed increases to large utilities’ base rates in 2009. Teams of AARP advocacy volunteers mobilized to attend 19 public hearings and spoke out against the rate increases. AARP reached out to consumers through our 270,000 strong “e-activist” network and the AARP Bulletin, which reaches 1.6 million residents.
AARP volunteers and staff also worked with both major political parties in the State Legislature on behalf of all Floridians. Joining with Florida TaxWatch and children’s advocates, AARP fought for wiser use of public resources in 2009, streamlined government agencies to eliminate duplication, and greater use of cost-efficient home and community-based services for all generations. AARP also served on ’s Medical Homes Task Force which is recommending improved health care delivery systems. AARP’s advocacy efforts on the cigarette user fee – which earned strong bipartisan support – helped soften the impact of a historic state revenue crisis and encouraged more healthy behaviors. AARP also advocated for stronger curbs on unscrupulous annuity sales practices and educated seniors on how to protect themselves from financial fraud.
AARP’s Create the Good initiative, AARP’s network of people who want to make a difference, is helping older Floridians through efforts such as Operation Hurricane Prepare, which encourages tens of thousands of Floridians to participate in a ‘buddy” system to prepare for hurricanes. Create the Good provides Floridians opportunities to make a difference in their communities.
AARP’s 2010 National Event and Expo, Orlando@50+, will bring an estimated 25,000 visitors and 30 million dollars to ’s economy this year.
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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.