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Statement by AARP on Social Security Outreach

It is essential that America have a national dialogue on Social Security. For more than half a century, it has been the cornerstone of our nation's income protection system for retired and disabled workers, as well as the survivors of deceased worker ...

AARP CEO Bill Novelli Calls the Prescription Drug Bill an Historic Victory

"Today is truly an historic day for the health security of the American people. For the first time since 1965, Medicare has been expanded to provide important prescription drug coverage and financial relief for millions of older and disabled American ...

AARP Urges the Senate to Pass Prescription Drug Bill Now

The fate of the landmark Medicare prescription drug bill is now in the hands of the U.S. Senate. More than a vote is at stake. With final passage in the Senate, the Congress will honor a longstanding promise to 41 million older and disabled Americans ...

Letter from AARP CEO Bill Novelli Urging Representatives and Senators to Vote in Favor of the Medicare Prescription Drug Legislation

Dear Representative or Senator: AARP is asking you to vote in favor of the conference report on the Medicare Rx drug bill. We all know that this bill is not perfect; but on balance, it represents an important breakthrough in our nations' commi ...

Survey Finds AARP Members in Support of Medicare Legislation

A resounding 75% of AARP members polled in a survey conducted yesterday said that the proposed Medicare legislation should be passed because it will help low-income elderly and those with high prescription drug costs. Among middle and high income ind ...

Why AARP Says Yes to the Medicare Prescription Drug Bill

By James G. Parkel, AARP President (AARP's top volunteer leader) While AARP has always been an independent, non-partisan advocacy group representing the interests of people over the age of 50, the popular perception is that we often side w ...

AARP Endorses Medicare Prescription Drug Bill

AARP today announced its strong endorsement of the prescription drug bill offered by the conference committee and will work vigorously for its passage. AARP believes that millions of older Americans and their families will be helped by this legisl ...

Statement by AARP CEO Bill Novelli on Medicare Legislation Proposal

AARP is hopeful that the recently announced agreement in principle will result in adding a much-needed prescription drug benefit in Medicare. While we have yet to review actual language, we are encouraged by the conference committee members' efforts. ...

Statement by AARP CEO Bill Novelli on Medicare Legislation Discussions

Several ideas being discussed in the Medicare conference committee could be a way to find common ground in the long-stalled negotiations over a Medicare prescription drug benefit. We believe that it is imperative that both parties in both Hous ...

New AARP Study Shows Few -- And Small -- Inheritances for Boomers

For a generation which was doted on by its parents, it appears that Boomers may have to learn to live with disappointment when it comes to inheritances. A new AARP study of inheritances shows that about five in six (82.7 percent) Boomers repor ...

AARP and Others Urge Medicare Conferees to Adopt House Provision Covering Dual Eligibles

Dear Conferee: As you meet to reconcile the differences in the House and Senate Medicare prescription drug bills, H.R. 1 and S. 1, the undersigned organizations urge you to ensure that ALL Medicare beneficiaries, including our nation's lowest inco ...

AARP and Others Urge Medicare Conferees to Consider Lower-Income Beneficiaries

Dear Conferee: We thank all the conferees for your ongoing hard work on the Medicare Prescription drug bills (HR 1 and S 1). We know the challenge is great, but we cannot lose this opportunity to add a much-needed comprehensive prescription drug b ...

Statement by AARP Executive Director and CEO Bill Novelli on the 2004 Social Security COLA

Today's announcement of a 2.1 percent cost of living increase (COLA) is good news for the more than 46 million Social Security beneficiaries. Social Security is the main source of income for eight out of ten retirees. Even a modest COLA ensures that ...

Statement by AARP Policy Director John Rother on the New National Voluntary Hospital Reporting System

AARP supports efforts to provide consumers with health care quality information, and we applaud the hard work that has gone into launching the new Voluntary Hospital Reporting Initiative. This new initiative will provide information on hospital perfo ...

25 Named AARP Best Employers for Workers Over 50 for 2003

Twenty-five employers in 17 states made the "AARP Best Employers for Workers over 50" list for 2003, the organization announced today. The award is the only one of its kind in the country. The honorees represent a diverse group in terms of size, r ...

AARPs Educator Community Issues Exodus: A Study of Teacher Retention in America

When Love Is Not Enough Chicago, IL - A love of and passion for teaching, a calling - "destined to be a teacher," - role models in the past, and the desire to "give back" were the words used by former and current teachers in a national survey that ...

Letter from AARP CEO Bill Novelli Expressing AARPs Support of Rx Re-importation Legislation

The Honorable Rahm Emanuel 1319 Longworth House Office Building U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Gil Gutknecht 425 Cannon House Office Building U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 2051 ...

Statement by AARP Director of Federal Affairs David Certner on Illinois Cash Balance Court Decision

The court's decision which found cash balance pension plans to be in violation of age discrimination laws is an important and dramatic one that protects older workers. It ratifies what AARP has been saying for years about cash balance plans, that the ...

Statement by AARP State Affairs Director Cheryl Matheis on AMA Physicians Guide to Assessing and Counseling Older Drivers

AARP applauds the publication of the Physician's Guide to Assessing and Counseling Older Drivers by the American Medical Association and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The guidelines are intended to enable doctors and patients to lea ...

Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. and AARP to Publish Book Series

Charles Nurnberg, President and CEO of Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. and Bill Novelli, CEO and Executive Director of AARP, today announced an agreement to create and publish books bearing the AARP trademark. Under the terms of the agreement, S ...

Older Americans Turn to Their Children for Computer Support; Online Communication Making Positive Difference In Families

Receiving a call for help from an older family member can often create anxiety, but not if it's a call for computer help according to a new AARP survey, Generations Online, released today. Over half of the respondents whose parent have a computer are ...

Telemarketing Fraud Is Greatly Underreported in Victims 45+

"Off the Hook," a new AARP Foundation study found that the crime of telemarketing fraud is grossly underreported among older victims, but that those who are properly counseled by trained peer volunteers are less likely to fall victim to fraudulent pi ...

Statement by AARP Federal Affairs Director David Certner in Response to the Bush Administrations Pension Funding Proposal

AARP is concerned that new pension funding proposals could substantially cut retirement benefits for job-changers and new retirees. By changing the rate for calculating both pension funding and lump sum payouts, both the Bush Administration's ...

AARP Report Questions Cell Phone Service Quality; And Users Have Few Options

A new AARP report finds the more consumers use their cell phones, the less satisfied they are with their service and experience. The report also found that almost half of cell phone users do not know who to contact to report a problem if they cann ...

AARP Member Discounts Expanded to Include Busch Gardens and Sea World

Tuesday Admission Includes Special AARP Member Events   This holiday weekend, more of America's families will be able to have fun in the sun as AARP and Anheuser-Busch Adventure Parks make it easier to experience some of the nation's favorite the ...

Statement by AARP CEO Bill Novelli on National Do Not Call List

AARP is very pleased that the FTC will now have a national "Do Not Call" registry that will benefit Americans who want greater protection from unwanted telephone solicitations. These solicitations are a nuisance to millions of Americans who wa ...

Statement by AARP CEO Bill Novelli on Senate Markup for Medicare Prescription Drug Legislation

We are pleased that the Senate Finance Committee has completed markup of a bipartisan Medicare bill with prescription drug coverage and other elements to strengthen Medicare for the future. We applaud the Committee's decision to provide drug coverage ...

Statement by AARP CEO Bill Novelli on the Need for Prescription-Drug Coverage in Medicare

We're at a very important point in the history of Medicare—the most important since its inception in 1965. We are pleased that both parties in both Houses of Congress have committed to prescription-drug coverage in Medicare and that progress is ...

AARP Declares That There Is No Recess from High Prescription Drug Costs

While Congress breaks for Memorial Day Recess this week, AARP members who can't get a break when it comes to affording the medications they need are sending their elected leaders an important message, "There's no recess from high prescription drug co ...

New AARP Study Finds Mid-Life Americans Are Not Fully Prepared for Their Future Housing Needs

According to a new AARP study on housing among the 45+ population, many mid-life Americans are not fully prepared for their future housing needs. They want to stay in their houses as they age, but aren't making the necessary changes to age in place. ...

AARP Chooses Chicago to Host

AARP is bringing its third annual Life @ 50+: A Celebration of You! National event to Chicago, September 5-7, 2003. Helping to make this the biggest and best event ever will be legendary soul man, Ray Charles; the reigning king of late night comedy, ...

AARP Names New Production Director

Traci L. Lucien has been named Production Director for AARP Publications. She will direct the manufacturing and distribution of AARP The Magazine, AARP Bulletin, NRTA Live & Learn and Segunda Juventud. In addition, she will manage one of the indu ...

AARP Report on Trends in Long-Term Services Finds More Years of Life Do Not Result in More Disabilities--Offering Opportunity for Future Long-Term Care Services

A new study from AARP reports that more than anything Americans, with disabilities age 50 and over want independence and control in their daily lives, but they are too often thwarted by the lack of affordable options to help meet their needs. Further ...

AARP Tax-Aide: 35 Years, 34 Million Taxpayers and Counting

AARP is pleased with the progress that the Senate has been making to add a prescription drug benefit to Medicare. Relief from the high cost of drugs is long overdue, and our members expect and deserve a bill this year. The Finance Committee bill hold ...

AARP The Magazine Names New Editor

Steve Slon has been appointed editor of AARP The Magazine, by Hugh Delehanty, editor in chief of AARP Publications. Slon, who has served as deputy editor since November 2000, will oversee the day-to-day operation of the publication, the largest circu ...

AARP and Stetson University College of Law Establish Journal, Conference on International Law, Aging and Policy

AARP and Stetson University College of Law have joined forces to establish an academic journal and conference to focus on international issues of aging and law. "We are extremely excited to work with AARP. They are well-respected for their policy ...

Statement by AARP Director of Federal Affairs David Certner in Support of the Sanders-Miller Cash Balance Pension Legislation

AARP commends Congressmen Bernie Sanders and George Miller for their leadership in introducing the "Pension Benefits Protection Act." AARP supports this bipartisan legislation which would add the critical benefit protections needed for older and long ...

AARP The Magazine Names the 15 Best Places to Reinvent Your Life

What are the 15 top "dream towns" for baby boomers? The May/June issue of AARP The Magazine identifies these lucky cities and sheds some light on boomers' plans for the future. "Once again baby boomers are breaking the rules," said AARP The Magazi ...

Statement by AARP CEO Bill Novelli on Medicare and Medicaid Budget Proposals

AARP members are urging Congress to address two key areas of health security this year -- adding an affordable drug benefit to Medicare and helping states maintain Medicaid coverage through current budget shortfalls. Yet, instead of investing ...

Statement by AARP CEO Bill Novelli in Response to the 2003 Social Security and Medicare Trustees Report

Social Security and Medicare remain strong. Social Security benefits are assured until 2042, and Medicare benefits are assured until 2026. Social Security's lifelong, inflation- protected benefits will continue to provide financial security ev ...

AARP Board of Directors Public Policy Meeting - Day 3

Medicare reform, Medicaid and state budgets, health care systems around the world, and predatory mortgage lending practices were topics at today's final meeting of the AARP Board of Directors' annual Public Policy Meeting in Washington, DC. Senate ...

AARP Calls For Temporary Relief For The States

With 49 of 50 states facing serious budget crises this year, AARP today called on Congress and the President to provide temporary assistance to the states to help them stave off cuts to programs for children, the elderly and the disabled. Many sta ...

AARP Board of Directors Public Policy Meeting - Day 2

Medicare reform, litigation as a policy tool, pensions and economic security issues were topics at today's meeting of the AARP Board of Directors' annual Public Policy Meeting. Board members heard presentations from Senator Paul Sarbanes (D-MD) on ...

AARP Board of Directors Public Policy Meeting - Day 1

Social Security reform, innovative approaches to health care and legal reform and the health care system were topics at the first in a three-day series of meetings of the AARP Board of Directors' annual Public Policy Meeting in Washington, DC. Rep ...

Statement by AARP Federal Affairs Director David Certner in Opposition to Proposed Treasury Department Regulations on Cash Balance Pension Plans

AARP joins the more than 200 Members of the House and Senate in urging the President to withdraw the Treasury Department's proposals for cash balance pension plans. If enacted, these regulations would undermine the retirement security of millions of ...

Reaction to the State of the Union Address by AARP CEO Bill Novelli

The President said, "Medicare is a binding commitment of a caring society." AARP agrees. During the last election, candidates from both parties promised older and disabled Americans prescription drug coverage in Medicare. The news that the Pre ...

AARP - The State of 50+ America

William D. Novelli, AARP Executive Director and CEO Those 50 and older in the U.S. are—in a word—vulnerable. And, by most indications, that vulnerability is increasing. Like everyone else, for those 50+, homeland security is on ...

AARP Launches New Title Americas Largest Circulation Magazine

AARP introduces AARP The Magazine with the March/April 2003 issue, bringing together its two premier titles—AARP Modern Maturity and My Generation magazines—into a single lifestyle publication built on the strength of the AARP nam ...

AARP Report on Trends in Long-Term Services Finds More Years of Life Do Not Result in More Disabilities-Offering Opportunity for Future Long-Term Care Services

Contrary to popular belief, longer life has not meant higher rates of disability and use of nursing home services, according to a new report by AARP's Public Policy Institute. The original assumption that increased longevity would necessarily be acco ...

Statement by AARP Federal Affairs Director David Certner Urging Congress and the Administration to Maintain LIHEAP Funding

The Administration's proposed cut in the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) budget could put many of the working poor and low income elderly at risk. Housing, health care, energy costs -- all of these factors add to the stress of livi ...