AARP is proud to represent and serve 847,766 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 Indiana 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 Hoosiers 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 Hoosiers
Strengthening Social Security: We are fighting to strengthen Social Security for current and future generations by:
- Providing relief for 1,027,172 who won’t receive a cost of living increase (COLA) this year.
Protecting Medicare: We are fighting to protect guaranteed benefits for the 958,270 Hoosiers 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 356,082 seniors by closing the Medicare Part D coverage gap or “doughnut hole.”
- Preventing insurance companies from denying affordable coverage to up to 120,000 Hoosiers 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 5 percent of long-term care dollars in on home and community based-services for older adults and adults with physical disabilities and 95 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 1,100,000 family caregivers in Indiana – individuals who provide help to their loved ones to enable them to live at home and whose unpaid contributions are valued at $7,800,000,000.
Promoting Retirement Savings: We are fighting to help Americans save for retirement by:
- Enacting Automatic IRA legislation, which would help many of the estimated 1,461,100 Hoosiers who don’t currently have a retirement plan at work to have simple access to a retirement savings account.
AARP: Fighting for Indiana
A statewide activist base of more than 142,000 people helps AARP Indiana convey to federal and state elected officials the impact of laws and policies on Hoosiers age 50+. AARP Indiana has an all volunteer Executive Council, state Legislative Team and Community Advocates who are responsible for mobilizing age 50+ Hoosiers, communicating directly with Members of Congress and their staff, and communicating with the media.
In 2009, we also engaged our general membership through Tele-town halls, and reached 49,000 AARP Indiana members.
AARP Indiana’s 2010 advocacy agenda is wide ranging, too. Priority issues include health and wellness, the status of older workers, and senior-friendly communities. Specific legislative goals include increasing home and community based alternatives to nursing home care, protecting the state’s health insurance plan for low-income Hoosiers, and adopting transportation policies that promote pedestrian and bike-friendly streets and roads. AARP Indiana also advocates ensuring that ’s biennial budget meets the needs of Hoosiers 50+.
Beyond legislation, AARP Indiana is involved in public-private partnerships to reduce home foreclosures (Indiana Foreclosure Prevention Network); increase the supply of nurses (Indiana Nursing Workforce Development Coalition); and strengthen ’s homegrown health care program for low-income Hoosiers (Healthy Indiana Plan Task Force).
AARP Indiana also partners with a broad network of allied groups, like Area Agencies on Aging, Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities, Health by Design, Metropolitan Planning Organizations, and the Indiana Commission on Women on community activities and issues of interest to the 50+ population.
AARP Contact Information
Indiana: Director; JLyle@aarp.org; (317) 423-7104
Washington, DC: Kristin Keckeisen, Senior Legislative Representative; KKeckeisen@aarp.org; (202) 434-3767
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.