AARP Minnesota is proud to represent and serve over 675,000 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 Minnesota 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: 82 percent of Minnesotans 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 Minnesotans
Strengthening Social Security: We are fighting to strengthen Social Security for current and future generations by:
- Providing relief for 776,200 who won’t receive a cost of living increase (COLA) this year.
Protecting Medicare: We are fighting to protect guaranteed benefits for the 746,505 Minnesotans 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 380,839 seniors by closing the Medicare Part D coverage gap or “doughnut hole.”
- Preventing insurance companies from denying affordable coverage to up to 56,000 Minnesotans 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 44 percent of long-term care dollars in on home and community based-services for older adults and adults with physical disabilities and 56 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 900,000 family caregivers in Minnesota – individuals who provide help to their loved ones to enable them to live at home and whose unpaid contributions are valued at $7,100,000,000.
Promoting Retirement Savings: We are fighting to help Americans save for retirement by:
- Enacting Automatic IRA legislation, which would help many of the estimated 1,262,600 Minnesotans who don’t currently have a retirement plan at work to have simple access to a retirement savings account.
AARP: Fighting for Minnesota
AARP staff, volunteers, and members across are in regular contact with both state and federal elected officials on issues important to Minnesotans age 50+. Through mailings, Tele-town halls, newsletters, emails, volunteer trainings and issue forums, AARP communicates with its members about how policy proposals may affect them and their families. Trained volunteers and other informed activists around the state mobilize at critical moments on key issues.
AARP has worked at the State Capitol to advocate for consumer protections against telemarketers and identity theft, and for assisted living and nursing home residents. We have worked to protect vulnerable Minnesotans from severe state budget cuts – especially in the areas of health and long-term care.
In 2009, AARP successfully worked to enact legislation to better protect vulnerable adults from financial exploitation and other abuses -- and secured wide margins of bipartisan support for a bill to protect consumers of reverse mortgages.
AARP will continue to be a strong voice for older Minnesotans, advocating for a reasonable bipartisan balanced approach to the state’s budget dilemma that protects vulnerable Minnesotans from undue harm.
AARP Contact Information
Minnesota: Director; MKimball@aarp.org; (651) 726-5641
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.