AARP West Virginia state leaders have outlined AARP's legislative agenda for the 2021 West Virginia Legislature. The organization, which represents more than a quarter-million older West Virginians, is focused on legislative action addressing challenges with high speed internet service access; protecting older West Virginians and their families against abuse, fraud and financial exploitation; strengthening financial security, supporting family caregivers; preserving and protecting home and community-based services; and, expanding access to health care.
AARP West Virginia staff and volunteers are working closely with state leaders on the passage of legislation affecting West Virginians 50-plus, which includes:
High Speed Internet – AARP will work to expand access, affordability, and reliability of high-speed internet. In 2021, AARP will continue working to bridge the digital divide by supporting laws and policies that:
Long-Term Care Services and Supports – The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted West Virginia’s long-term care system, its residents & the families who care for their loved ones. AARP urges state lawmakers to:
Family Caregivers – Approximately 300,000 West Virginia family caregivers provide an estimated $2.8 billion in unpaid care annually to adult loved ones. In 2021, AARP will continue working to support family caregivers and their loved ones by advocating for laws and policies that:
Food Security – Older West Virginians, as well as low-income families, people with disabilities, and veterans depend upon critical federal, state and non-profit based programs that keep people fed, and help maintain their health and well-being. AARP urges state lawmakers to support programs that help ensure people get the food support they need during the pandemic and related economic downturn.
Fraud and Consumer Protection – Scams and frauds continue to be a financial threat to many older West Virginians. As instances of elder abuse, especially financial exploitation, continue to rise, AARP is asking state leaders to:
Pensions and Financial Security – AARP will continue to fight to ensure the rights and benefits of current pension recipients are not undermined or reduced. AARP urges state lawmakers to carefully consider all impacts of tax proposals that would disproportionately shift tax burdens to low income taxpayers or those living on fixed incomes.
“AARP’s state advocacy agenda reflects the organization’s strong commitment to find bipartisan solutions that provide critical support for West Virginia’s nearly 300,000 family caregivers, and protect the health and safety of older West Virginians,” said AARP West Virginia State President Jane Marks.
For the latest updates on AARP’s state advocacy work at the West Virginia Legislature, follow AARP West Virginia on Facebook and on Twitter @AARPWV. The 60-day regular session of the West Virginia Legislature concludes on Saturday, April 10.
AARP WV Media Contact: Tom Hunter, email@example.com, 304.340.4605
This story is provided by AARP West Virginia. Visit the AARP West Virginia page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.
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