AARP is proud to represent and serve 987,299 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 Georgia 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 lenders from taking advantage of older Americans and to protect consumers from unfair utility hikes.
Age 50+ voters: 61 percent of Georgians 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 Georgians
Strengthening Social Security: We are fighting to strengthen Social Security for current and future generations by:
- Providing relief for 1,216,840 who won’t receive a cost of living increase (COLA) this year.
Protecting Medicare: We are fighting to protect guaranteed benefits for the 1,145,727 Georgians 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 397,113 seniors by closing the Medicare Part D coverage gap or “doughnut hole.”
- Preventing insurance companies from denying affordable coverage to up to 251,000 Georgians 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 18 percent of long-term care dollars in on home and community based-services for older adults and adults with physical disabilities and 82 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 2,000,000 family caregivers in Georgia – individuals who provide help to their loved ones to enable them to live at home and whose unpaid contributions are valued at $13,000,000,000.
Promoting Retirement Savings: We are fighting to help Americans save for retirement by:
- Enacting Automatic IRA legislation, which would help many of the estimated 2,526,000 Georgians who don’t currently have a retirement plan at work to have simple access to a retirement savings account.
AARP: Fighting for Georgia
More than 207,000 AARP Georgia activists are working to advance AARP’s state and federal legislative priorities. Their work is the key to mobilizing AARP members to support the passage of critical legislation – ensuring state and federal elected officials understand the impact of laws and policies on Georgians age 50+.
Through Tele-town hall meetings, newsletters, emails, volunteer trainings, and issue forums AARP Georgia communicates regularly with activists, members, and volunteers encouraging them to speak to elected officials and to be ambassadors for AARP in their communities. AARP volunteers provide a coordinated voice in support of AARP priority issues in communities, in the halls of the state capitol, and in district offices for Members of Congress statewide. They serve as a valuable and consistent resource for members and elected officials in every Georgia Congressional District and in every corner of the state.
In 2010, AARP Georgia is working on a number of key initiatives in the state legislature. A priority effort is to prevent additional budget cuts to programs that support family caregivers and allow older Georgians to receive long-term care services in their homes and communities. AARP Georgia is also working to pass legislation protecting Georgians from predatory lending practices and supporting efforts to reduce the number of uninsured and underinsured Georgians. AARP Georgia members will once again lend their voices to these efforts at AARP’s annual Three Weeks at the Capitol event. For twelve straight legislative days beginning February 16th, forty to fifty AARP members will converge on the state capitol each day to learn about AARP priorities and communicate directly with their elected officials.
AARP Contact Information
Georgia: Will Phillips, Director of Advocacy; WPhillips@aarp.org; (404) 870-3793
Washington, DC: Andrea Price-Carter, Senior Legislative Representative; APCarter@aarp.org; (202) 434-3771
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.