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Missouri State Fact Sheet

AARP is proud to represent and serve 759,410 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 Missouri 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: 75 percent of Missourians 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 Missourians

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

  • Providing relief for 1,012,041 who won’t receive a cost of living increase (COLA) this year.

Protecting Medicare:  We are fighting to protect guaranteed benefits for the 961,308 Missourians 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 401,770 seniors by closing the Medicare Part D coverage gap or “doughnut hole.”
  • Preventing insurance companies from denying affordable coverage to up to 121,000 Missourians 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 31 percent of long-term care dollars in on home and community based-services for older adults and adults with physical disabilities and 69 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 890,000 family caregivers in Missouri – individuals who provide help to their loved ones to enable them to live at home and whose unpaid contributions are valued at $6,300,000,000.   

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

  • Enacting Automatic IRA legislation, which would help many of the estimated 1,367,800 Missourians who don’t currently have a retirement plan at work to have simple access to a retirement savings account.

AARP: Fighting for Missouri

More than 130,000 AARP Missouri activists are working to engage federal and state elected officials in legislating on issues of greatest importance to Missourians age 50+.  Dedicated AARP advocacy volunteers from each of ’s nine congressional districts mobilize age 50+ Missourians through newsletters, emails, volunteer briefings, and issue forums to support the passage of critical state legislation.  These volunteers serve as a direct line of communication to federal and state elected officials, as well as share the impact policy positions of their elected officials with members.

In 2009, AARP led the charge to defeat one of the most controversial bills of the legislative session.  The state’s largest electric utility, Ameren proposed a repeal of the statute passed by voters more than 30 years ago that does not allow companies to increase their rates up front to pay for the construction of a power plant.  Consumers would begin paying years ahead of when the power plant would be operating to serve them.  Ameren proposed using the new law to help them pay for a new nuclear power plant.  AARP argued that repealing the long-standing consumer protection would have moved all the risk for construction of the power plant off of the utility and on to their customers.  It was estimated this risk shift would have increased electric rates between 20%-40%.  Working together with other utility customer groups, AARP was able to defeat Ameren’s proposal.

AARP Contact Information

Missouri:  Craig Eichelman, Senior State Director;, (816) 360-2200

Washington, DC: Pete Jeffries, Senior Legislative Representative;; (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.

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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