AARP is proud to represent and serve 837,631 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 Maryland 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: 70 percent of Marylanders 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 Marylanders
Strengthening Social Security: We are fighting to strengthen Social Security for current and future generations by:
- Providing relief for 739,024 who won’t receive a cost of living increase (COLA) this year.
Protecting Medicare: We are fighting to protect guaranteed benefits for the 740,811 Marylanders 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 202,434 seniors by closing the Medicare Part D coverage gap or “doughnut hole.”
- Preventing insurance companies from denying affordable coverage to up to 106,000 Marylanders 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 11 percent of long-term care dollars in on home and community based-services for older adults and adults with physical disabilities and 89 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 920,000 family caregivers in Maryland – individuals who provide help to their loved ones to enable them to live at home and whose unpaid contributions are valued at $6,600,000,000.
Promoting Retirement Savings: We are fighting to help Americans save for retirement by:
- Enacting Automatic IRA legislation, which would help many of the estimated 1,438,100 Marylanders who don’t currently have a retirement plan at work to have simple access to a retirement savings account.
AARP: Fighting for Maryland
AARP is a leading voice on issues important to Marylanders age 50+, with more than 50,000 volunteers and members actively engaged in making a difference by communicating with their state and federal legislators. Through phone, e-mail, personal visits, legislative rallies, town hall forums, and issue-related events statewide, volunteers stay up-to-date and take action on issues important to them.
During 2010, AARP continues improving the lives if Marylanders 50+ by fighting for utilities reform, financial security measures, health and long-term care improvements, and funding for critical programs. On utilities, AARP Maryland will work in both legislative and regulatory arenas to achieve stable, lowest-possible electricity prices; ensure adequate, reliable supply; and strengthen consumer protections. To guard against fraud and abuse and improve financial security for older Marylanders, AARP supports passage of state Universal Power of Attorney and Guardianship legislation as well as federal Automatic IRA legislation. In a year of budget crisis, AARP Maryland will fight to protect funding for programs which serve Marylanders age 50+ and other vulnerable populations. Health care reform remains a central priority, and AARP Maryland will continue to work with coalition partners and elected officials on state Medicaid expansion and enrollment, and advocacy, education and outreach around federal-level reforms.
With 39 chapters, volunteer resources, issue expertise, and members in every district in the state, AARP is in a unique position to listen to, inform, and activate Marylanders age 50+ on these and other issues of importance to them. AARP advocacy volunteers and staff are deeply committed to working with our elected leaders proactively and productively to improve the lives of all Marylanders as they age.
AARP Contact Information
Maryland: Rawle Andrews, Jr. Senior State Director; RAndrews@aarp.org; (410) 895-7601
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.