2023 AARP NJ Advocacy Priorities

Posted on 03/31/22 by AARP New Jersey

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In 2021, 41% of New Jersey voters 50 and older considered leaving the state to live elsewhere. Our current systems are failing New Jerseyans, especially older New Jerseyans. Out of the 41% who considered leaving, 75% say they want lower taxes and 73% want a lower overall cost of living. New Jersey is in an affordability crisis, and everyone should be concerned.

On behalf of our more than 1 million Garden State members and all older New Jerseyans, our priorities in 2023 are focused on solutions that will make New Jersey a place to stay for life.

Read more about our advocacy priorities, including:

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Equitable, cost-effective and targeted property tax relief
  • Senior Freeze - Convert reimbursement into a credit (S259/1501/A320)
Family caregiver tax credit (S2021/A1802)
  • Provide a fully refundable gross income tax credit for certain expenses paid or incurred for care and support of a qualifying senior family member

Fair prescription drug prices and (S1614/A2839)
  • Establish A Prescription Drug Affordability Board (S329/A1747)
  • Give the Division of Consumer Affairs the responsibility and resources to collect prescription drug pricing data from drug manufactures and all members of the pharmaceutical supply chain (S1615/A2840)
  • Place an our-of-pocket cap on several life-saving medications including insulin, epi pens, and inhalers (S1614/A2839)
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Affordable utilities
  • Helps New Jersey households with low and fixed incomes access the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (S3333/A5020)
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Safe and quality long-term care system
  • Expand home and community-based services
  • Expand small house nursing homes
  • Transparency and accountability in nursing homes (S2769/A4484 and S2892)
  • Increase the number of PACE organizations
  • Access to affordable health care coverage
  • COVID-19 vaccines

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