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Maine State Fact Sheet

AARP is proud to represent and serve 227,093 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 Maine 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 Mainers 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 Mainers

Strengthening Social Security:  We are fighting to strengthen Social Security for current and future generations by:

  • Providing relief for 262,398 who won’t receive a cost of living increase (COLA) this year.

Protecting Medicare:  We are fighting to protect guaranteed benefits for the 252,025 Mainers 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 70,133 seniors by closing the Medicare Part D coverage gap or “doughnut hole.”
  • Preventing insurance companies from denying affordable coverage to up to 24,000 Mainers 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 26 percent of long-term care dollars in on home and community based-services for older adults and adults with physical disabilities and 74 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 230,000 family caregivers in Maine – individuals who provide help to their loved ones to enable them to live at home and whose unpaid contributions are valued at $1,840,000,000.   

Promoting Retirement Savings:  We are fighting to help Americans save for retirement by:

  • Enacting Automatic IRA legislation, which would help many of the estimated 362,100 Mainers who don’t currently have a retirement plan at work to have simple access to a retirement savings account.

AARP: Fighting for Maine

More than 34,000 AARP Maine activists are working to engage federal and state elected officials on public policy issues of importance to Mainers age 50+. With volunteers throughout , our advocacy volunteers, in concert with the state AARP staff, mobilize our membership to support the passage of critical legislation through Tele-town halls, newsletters, action alerts, issue trainings, media outreach, AARP’s publications, and community forums. Volunteers also serve as a direct line of communication between AARP members and federal and state elected officials, sharing with them the impact of their policy positions on Mainers age 50+. 

AARP’s staff, volunteers, and members have provided leadership and resources in many public policy campaigns, including the creation, continuation, and funding of ’s novel health care reform initiative, Dirigo.

In 2009, AARP was active in successful legislative campaigns to require the development and reporting of a plan for rebalancing long-term care to expand home and community-based services and to create a work group to analyze the long-term care service system.  The work group will make recommendations that will assist the commissioner in designing a system that better promotes consumer choice, transparency, portability and flexibility.

AARP Contact Information

Maine:  Nancy Kelleher, Senior State Director; NKelleher@aarp.org; (207) 776-6304

Washington, DC: Denise DeMichele, Legislative Representative; DDemichele@aarp.org, (202) 434-3374

References

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.

 

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