AARP is proud to represent and serve 1,540,916 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 Ohio 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: 73 percent of Ohioans 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 Ohioans
Strengthening Social Security: We are fighting to strengthen Social Security for current and future generations by:
- Providing relief for 1,866,815 Ohioans who won’t receive a cost of living increase (COLA) this year.
Protecting Medicare: We are fighting to protect guaranteed benefits for the 1,830,807 Ohioans 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 611,046 seniors by closing the Medicare Part D coverage gap or “doughnut hole.”
- Preventing insurance companies from denying affordable coverage to up to 221,000 Ohioans 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 17 percent of long-term care dollars in on home and community based-services for older adults and adults with physical disabilities and 83 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 1,990,000 family caregivers in – individuals who provide help to their loved ones to enable them to live at home and whose unpaid contributions are valued at $14,200,000,000.
Promoting Retirement Savings: We are fighting to help Americans save for retirement by:
- Enacting Automatic IRA legislation, which would help many of the estimated 2,555,300 Ohioans who don’t currently have a retirement plan at work to have simple access to a retirement savings account.
AARP: Fighting for Ohio
AARP Ohio is in constant communication with its 1.5 million members and the leaders of its 85 chapters statewide. In 2009, AARP Ohio mobilized 263,760 e-activists who responded to alerts asking them to contact their state and federal elected officials around concerns facing Ohioans age 50+ including health and long-term care, the state budget, workforce issues and utility costs and reliability.
AARP Ohio’s volunteer network has teams active in all 18 of Ohio’s congressional districts, and these citizen lobbyists spoke and distributed information at more than 60 community events last year. They also participated in Tele-town hall meetings, sharing their thoughts with the more than 150,000 AARP members who were on the telephone to hear updates. Through personal visits, lobby days, letters, calls and e-mails, AARP Ohio advocacy volunteers encourage elected officials to take specific actions that will improve the lives of Ohioans.
On a state level, AARP volunteers are leading efforts to further expand the ability of older Ohioans to receive the help they need in their own homes, and continue to encourage legislators to re-balance Medicaid spending so that we get the most effective and efficient use of taxpayer dollars allotted for long-term care services. Due largely to AARP efforts, some 109,000 Ohioans will gain access to health insurance over the next three years. In 2009, AARP Ohio worked to pass legislation on open enrollment health care reforms that expand coverage for Ohioans age 50-64 by reducing the rates that insurers can charge people who have pre-existing conditions. The law that was passed allows parents to buy group health insurance for dependents up to age 28, and extends the state tax deduction for employer-sponsored coverage.
AARP Contact Information
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.