AARP is proud to represent and serve 1,024,136 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 Virginia 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: 72 percent of Virginians 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 Virginians
Strengthening Social Security: We are fighting to strengthen Social Security for current and future generations by:
- Providing relief for 1,108,454 Virginians who won’t receive a cost of living increase (COLA) this year.
Protecting Medicare: We are fighting to protect guaranteed benefits for the 1,071,681 Virginians 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 357,695 seniors by closing the Medicare Part D coverage gap or “doughnut hole.”
- Preventing insurance companies from denying affordable coverage to up to 150,000 Virginians 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 1,390,000 family caregivers in Virginia – individuals who provide help to their loved ones to enable them to live at home and whose unpaid contributions are valued at $9,200,000,000.
Promoting Retirement Savings: We are fighting to help Americans save for retirement by:
- Enacting Automatic IRA legislation, which would help many of the estimated 1,835,200 Virginians who don’t currently have a retirement plan at work to have simple access to a retirement savings account.
AARP: Fighting for Virginia
More than 184,000 AARP Virginia on-line activists are working to engage elected officials in legislating on issues of importance to Virginians age 50+. AARP’s Advocacy and Community Outreach Teams represent Virginia General Assembly and federal congressional districts across the Commonwealth. These 100+ dedicated volunteers, representing over one million AARP members in , mobilize age 50+ Virginians to support the passage of critical legislation through Tele-town halls, newsletters, e-mails, volunteer trainings, and issue forums. They 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 Virginians age 50+. In 2009, AARP Virginia hosted four “Health Care Town Halls” in communities across the Commonwealth, talking with members about the need for comprehensive health care reform and answering questions about current proposals.
During the 2009 elections, AARP Virginia co-hosted the only statewide televised gubernatorial debate and held debates in two other state legislative races.
AARP Virginia was involved in many outreach projects such as the , which collected over 40,000 pounds of food at over 100 collection sites across the state. The AARP Virginia state office also championed Operation Energy Save, a call to action to mobilize thousands of volunteers who can give a few hours of their time to help a friend or neighbor make simple changes to their home resulting in meaningful savings to their energy bills this winter. AARP Virginia also launched the Grandmothers Campaign, a project in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Health, to make sure children get off to a healthy start with a call to action for grandmothers to help reduce infant mortality and make sure their grandchildren thrive during the first years of life.
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.