AARP is proud to represent and serve 349,237 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 Kansas 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: 78 percent of Kansans 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 Kansans
Strengthening Social Security: We are fighting to strengthen Social Security for current and future generations by:
- Providing relief for 429,926 who won’t receive a cost of living increase (COLA) this year.
Protecting Medicare: We are fighting to protect guaranteed benefits for the 416,167 Kansans 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 186,897 seniors by closing the Medicare Part D coverage gap or “doughnut hole.”
- Preventing insurance companies from denying affordable coverage to up to 52,000 Kansans 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 33 percent of long-term care dollars in on home and community based-services for older adults and adults with physical disabilities and 66 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 410,000 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 $2,700,000,000.
Promoting Retirement Savings: We are fighting to help Americans save for retirement by:
- Enacting Automatic IRA legislation, which would help many of the estimated 674,400 Kansans who don’t currently have a retirement plan at work to have simple access to a retirement savings account.
AARP: Fighting for Kansas
More than 59,500 AARP Kansas activists are working to engage federal and state elected officials in legislating on issues of great importance to Kansans age 50+. AARP has dedicated volunteers from each of the 125 state and congressional districts in Kansas. These volunteers mobilize our more than 349,000 age 50+ Kansas members to support passage of critical legislation through Tele-town hall conversations, AARP publications, e-newsletters, e-mails, volunteer trainings, and issue forums. AARP volunteers serve as a direct line of communication between AARP members and federal and state elected officials.
In 2009, AARP Kansas utilized Tele-town hall conversations--the newest outreach technology--to inform and educate 300,000 members across the state on national health care reform efforts.
At the state level, AARP Kansas was instrumental in the passage of new security freeze legislation that makes it easier for Kansans to avoid identity theft by placing a freeze on their personal credit information. Also passed with AARP Kansas support was S.R .1851, Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health, a resolution assist the state in adapting to a national framework of health information and exchange.
In 2010, AARP Kansas state campaigns include support of a statewide Clean Indoor Air Act and a new non-utility related agency to implement energy efficiency programs in the state. AARP Kansas continues to oppose efforts to implement Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) initiatives in Kansas which would restrict revenue or expenditure growth and paralyze the state by undermining the ability of elected officials to make sound fiscal decisions.
AARP Contact Information
Kansas: Maren Turner, Senior State Director; MTurner@aarp.org; (785) 234-1361
Washington, DC: Pete Jeffries, Senior Legislative Representative; PJeffries@aarp.org; (515) 697-1017
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.