AARP is proud to represent and serve 493,147 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 Louisiana 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: 71 percent of Louisianans 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 Louisianans
Strengthening Social Security: We are fighting to strengthen Social Security for current and future generations by:
- Providing relief for 662,273 who won’t receive a cost of living increase (COLA) this year.
Protecting Medicare: We are fighting to protect guaranteed benefits for the 653,018 Louisianans 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 213,439 seniors by closing the Medicare Part D coverage gap or “doughnut hole.”
- Preventing insurance companies from denying affordable coverage to up to 138,000 Louisianans 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 24 percent of long-term care dollars in on home and community based-services for older adults and adults with physical disabilities and 76 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 850,000 family caregivers in Louisiana – individuals who provide help to their loved ones to enable them to live at home and whose unpaid contributions are valued at $4,900,000,000.
Promoting Retirement Savings: We are fighting to help Americans save for retirement by:
- Enacting Automatic IRA legislation, which would help many of the estimated 1,143,300 Louisianans who don’t currently have a retirement plan at work to have simple access to a retirement savings account.
AARP: Fighting for Louisiana
AARP Louisiana has 200 appointed volunteers, four councils, and 88,000 e-activists engaging elected officials on issues important to the 489,720 AARP Louisiana members and their families.
Our all volunteer Capitol Advocacy Team advances AARP Louisiana’s legislative agenda. We offer forums on legislative issues and state and national advocacy campaigns. The state office also is engaging members through Facebook which currently has 270 fans.
AARP convened an ongoing stakeholder’s coalition on Chronic Care Management. The Coalition for Choice in Long-Term Care monitors and acts on developments within the Department of Health and Hospitals and other agencies.
AARP is represented on the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum, an organization created to advance quality, affordable health care. AARP’s Livable Communities Council is identifying barriers to livable communities. The coalition authored and worked to pass The Complete Streets Study Resolution (SCR 110) in the 2009 legislative session. The bill mandated the Secretary of Transportation to convene a study group. The group released an interim report focusing on steps the Department of Transportation can take to implement a complete streets program.
AARP formed an advocacy team focusing on legislative changes that strengthen the Department of Transportation’s plan. AARP is hosting a Human Services Transportation Conference this year to highlight the importance of transportation options.
A model for local engagement emerged from AARP’s partnership with the Hollygrove community in . AARP was asked by state, federal, and nonprofit agencies to expand its livable communities work into three additional cities in Louisiana. This work continues in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Alexandria .
AARP Contact Information
Louisiana: Nancy McPherson, Senior State Director; NMcpherson@aarp.org; (225) 376-1141
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.