AARP West Virginia has long had a very visible and influential presence at the state capitol, advocating for Mountain Staters 50-plus.
This year that effort was entirely virtual, as volunteers on the Capitol Advocacy Team pressed AARP’s agenda during the 60-day legislative session that concluded April 10.
Volunteers met with lawmakers via videoconference and also communicated via email and social media. Agenda items included expanding access to high-speed internet service; protecting older residents and their families from abuse, fraud and financial exploitation; strengthening financial security; and supporting the state’s 280,000 unpaid family caregivers.
State advocacy work continues year-round through monthly interim legislative meetings. To learn more about becoming an AARP West Virginia volunteer advocate, visit aarp.org/wv.
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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