Apr 11, 2022Major grassroots and advertising campaign will target legislators during recess
As members of Congress return to their districts for Easter recess, AARP is kicking off a new phase of its Fair Drug Prices Now campaign and pushing lawmakers to advance the prescription drug pricing provisions, including allowing Medicare to negotiate, already passed by the House, as a top priority when they return.
Mar 8, 2022Ad Highlights Story of Larry Zarzecki, Forced to Sell His Home to Pay for Parkinson’s Medications
Today AARP launched new television and digital advertising featuring Larry Zarzecki, a retired law enforcement officer with Parkinson’s disease who was forced to sell his home in order to afford his medications. Zarzecki first shared his story in an AARP ad three years ago, but Congress’ failure to act means he has had no relief from the high cost of his treatments. As he says in the new ad, “I shouldn’t have to decide between my home or my medicine because Congress refuses to act. I’m tired of waiting for Congress.”
Mar 1, 2022
AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins released the following statement in response to President Biden’s State of the Union speech this evening, during which he called for action on high drug prices and announced new policies to improve nursing home care
Feb 10, 2022Americans are sick and tired of waiting to see reform
AARP Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy and Engagement Officer Nancy LeaMond issued the following statement in response to President Biden’s remarks today about the need to lower prescription drug prices
Feb 3, 2022
AARP Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy and Engagement Officer Nancy LeaMond issued the following statement about Medicare enrollees soon having access to at-home COVID tests at no cost:
Nov 2, 2021
AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins issued the following statement reacting to the announcement of a deal to lower prescription drug costs
Oct 13, 2021
AARP Chief Executive Officer Jo Ann Jenkins released the following statement in response to today’s announcement of the 2022 cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) in Social Security benefits
Sep 17, 2021
AARP has launched a full-scale campaign, including a $4 million ad buy, pushing back on false claims from the pharmaceutical industry that reforms would limit Americans’ access to medicines. AARP has called for fair drug prices for years and is urging Congress to pass legislation that would allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices, put a cap on out-of-pocket costs that older adults pay for their prescription drugs and impose penalties on drug companies that raise prices faster than the rate of inflation.
Aug 31, 2021
AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins issued the following statement in response to the Medicare and Social Security Trustees’ reports released today
May 26, 2021AARP Survey: Overwhelming Bipartisan Majority Opposes Social Security and Medicare Cuts to Reduce Deficit
An AARP survey released today finds that 85% of Americans age 50+ oppose cutting Social Security and Medicare to reduce the federal budget deficit.
Dec 11, 2020Social Security, Medicare, Nursing Home Protections Are Key Issues
Today AARP Georgia released a new survey of likely Georgia voters showing both U.S. Senate races statistically tied, with Democrat Jon Ossoff (48%) narrowly leading Republican incumbent David Perdue (46%) and Democrat Raphael Warnock (47%) edging Republican incumbent Kelly Loeffler (46%). But among voters age 50-plus, the poll shows both the Republican candidates lead their Democratic challenger by identical margins, 53% for Perdue and Loeffler versus 42% for Ossoff and Warnock.
Aug 20, 2020More than 110,000 AARP Members Petition Postmaster General to Suspend Any Changes that Could Disrupt Mail Delivery During Pandemic
WASHINGTON—Today AARP delivered a petition from 111,717 members, gathered in just two days, to the Postmaster General, calling for the suspension of any changes to mail delivery operations...
Aug 14, 2020On Social Security’s 85th Anniversary, Survey Finds Nearly All Americans View Social Security as an Important ProgramMajority Believe it is More Important in Light of Pandemic
WASHINGTON—A new AARP survey, released in conjunction with Social Security’s 85th anniversary, confirms that Americans highly value Social Security, and even more so due to the pandemic. The...
Aug 13, 2020
WASHINGTON, DC—AARP today sent a letter to President Trump in response to his recent statements suggesting elimination of the current dedicated funding for Social Security. The full text of the...
Aug 8, 2020
WASHINGTON—AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond today made the following statement in response to President Trump’s executive order to suspend payroll taxes: “While we agree that...
- Jun 16, 2020
WASHINGTON—Today AARP released a statement from Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer Nancy LeaMond on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the federal health department’s rollback of key protections under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA):
Apr 22, 2020
WASHINGTON — AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins released the following statement in response to the Medicare and Social Security Trustees’ reports released today: “Medicare and Social Security are more...
Mar 26, 2020
WASHINGTON—AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins released the following statement on the bipartisan agreement on the coronavirus stimulus package, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES)...
Mar 14, 2020
WASHINGTON—AARP released the following statement today on the bipartisan coronavirus package and House passage of HR 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Said AARP Executive Vice...
Feb 11, 2020
WASHINGTON—AARP Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy and Engagement Officer Nancy LeaMond issued the following statement in response to the White House’s FY2021 budget proposal: “AARP...
Dec 18, 2019Findings Show Women 50-plus Are Concerned about Health Care, Drug Prices and Economy
WASHINGTON—Today AARP released the findings of a nationwide poll that explores the priorities and concerns of a key group of voters that could help determine the 2020 presidential election and...
- Nov 11, 2019
AARP Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy and Engagement Officer Nancy LeaMond released the following statement today in response to the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ announcement on the increase in Medicare premiums and deductibles for 2020.
Jul 23, 2019Seventeen Candidates Share Plans to Address High Prescription Drug Prices, Medicare and Social Security
WASHINGTON—AARP released today its "AARP Asks the Candidates" video series featuring 17 presidential candidates and their plans to address high prescription drug prices, Medicare and Social...
- May 14, 2019
AARP Board Chair Joan Ruff is among the witnesses testifying before today’s hearing of U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, “Challenges in the Retirement System.”
Apr 22, 2019
AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins responds to the Social Security and Medicare Trustees’ reports released today.
Nov 16, 2018Health Care, Medicare and Social Security were Top Issues for 50-Plus Voters in Key Battleground States
WASHINGTON, DC—Today AARP released the findings of a nationwide poll of general election voters, along with oversamples in both 39 GOP-held seats that flipped to a Democrat and 37 GOP-held seats targeted as competitive by the Cook Political Report that held for the GOP.
Oct 31, 2018
WASHINGTON, DC—Medicare Open Enrollment for 2019 Medicare health and drug plans began on October 15, 2018 and ends December 7, 2018. Beneficiaries have more plans to choose from than ever, with 600 more plans available across the country next year. Starting in 2019, plans have new discretion to offer a broader array of supplemental benefits.
- Oct 16, 2018AARP, AYA Poll: Majority say “honesty in government” is No. 1 issue
WASHINGTON, DC—New survey results find that a strong majority of Americans from three generations say the country is headed in the wrong direction and say they are “fearful” about the future...
Oct 15, 2018Significant Majorities of Older Voters Concerned About Health Care Access and Cost
WASHINGTON, DC—In a newly released Politico-AARP poll, Pennsylvania voters age 50 and older say health care and personal finance issues will be top of mind this election season. The poll found health care (97 percent), Social Security (96 percent) and Medicare (95 percent) will be critical in determining how they vote in elections this fall and a strong majority want elected officials to take action to lower health care (92 percent) and prescription drug costs (91 percent).
Oct 11, 2018
WASHINGTON, DC—AARP responded to today’s announced cost of living adjustment (COLA) for Social Security beneficiaries in 2019. Additionally, AARP launched the Social Security Resource Center, a one-stop place for consumers to have their Social Security retirement questions answered, including when to claim. Consumers can find more at www.aarp.org/socialsecurity.
Oct 4, 2018
WASHINGTON, DC—AARP Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer Nancy LeaMond released the following statement in response to Senate passage of the bipartisan SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act:
Sep 21, 2018
WASHINGTON, DC—AARP Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer Nancy LeaMond released the following statement in response to lobbying efforts by PhRMA to change the Medicare Part D doughnut hole deal
- Jun 29, 2018Anchored by Veteran Radio Host Bob Edwards, AARP Expands its Podcast Offerings with Provocative News Interview Show
WASHINGTON, D.C. — AARP announced today the launch of “An AARP Take on Today,” a weekly podcast hosted by Bob Edwards, the original and longtime host of NPR’s flagship program “Morning Edition.” Each new episode will feature in-depth news interviews on timely topics with guest experts on health, work, money, aging, entertainment and more.
Jun 5, 2018
Washington, DC — AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins made a statement in response to the Social Security and Medicare Trustees’ reports released today: “Social Security and Medicare remain critical to...
- Apr 10, 2018AARP Fraud Watch Network Launches Campaign to Help Keep Scammers from Conning Enrollees
WASHINGTON, DC—As the federal government undertakes a major initiative to issue new identification cards to the nation’s 58 million Medicare beneficiaries, an AARP survey finds that a majority of those enrollees are at risk of being victimized by fraud schemes designed to capitalize on the card replacement program.
Mar 26, 2018
WASHINGTON, DC—Today, AARP Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer Nancy LeaMond released the following statement in response to Senate passage of the Strengthening Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries Act of 2017 (HR 4547):
Dec 7, 20172018 Cuts Would Reduce Access to Health Care
WASHINGTON, DC — AARP today sent a letter to Congressional leadership urging Congress to prevent $25 billion in automatic cuts to Medicare in 2018 that would result from the enactment of H.R. 1...
- Dec 6, 2017AARP study of 750+ medications widely used by older Americans shows prices continue longstanding upward trend
WASHINGTON, DC—Retail prices for 768 prescription drugs commonly used by older adults increased by an average of 6.4% in 2015, outpacing the general inflation rate of 0.1%. This is at least the 12th
Nov 30, 2017Millions of Older Americans Would See Tax Hikes or No Tax Relief, Millions More May See Their Health Care Premiums Rise
WASHINGTON, DC—AARP today sent a letter to the U.S. Senate expressing concerns about tens of billions of dollars in potential cuts to Medicare next year alone, as well as potential tax increases or little or no tax relief for older Americans. The full text of the letter to the Senate is below:
Nov 16, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC—Today AARP Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer Nancy LeaMond released the following statement in response to the U.S. House passage of the tax bill:
Nov 15, 2017Notes concerns about tax increases on older Americans, and cuts to Medicare and Medicaid
WASHINGTON, DC—AARP Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer Nancy LeaMond sent the following letter today to all members of the U.S. House of Representatives in response to H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017:
Nov 10, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC—AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond gave comments in response to the tax proposal released today in the U.S. Senate:
Nov 8, 2017AARP Disappointed in House Committee Vote to Keep Health Tax, Continues Effort to Protect Medical Expense Deduction in Tax Reform Bill
WASHINGTON, DC—Disappointed with the outcome of today’s committee vote, AARP will continue to strongly support including the medical expense deduction in H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.
Oct 19, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC—AARP today delivered to members of the United States Senate a petition signed by more than 2 million AARP members urging the Senate to reject measures that would result in deep cuts to Medicare and Social Security. The petition follows a letter AARP sent to Senators late last week, which said “We urge you to vote no on this measure.”
Oct 13, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC—Today AARP released the following statement from AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins in response to the announced cost of living adjustment (COLA) for Social Security beneficiaries in 2018:
- Oct 9, 2017AARP says now is the time to compare Medicare plans, and there’s free help available
WASHINGTON, DC—Medicare Open Enrollment runs from October 15th through December 7th and is the perfect opportunity each year to review your Medicare plan coverage for 2018. AARP is encouraging everyone with Medicare coverage to compare their health and prescription drug plan options during the seven weeks of Medicare Open Enrollment.
Jul 13, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC — AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins made a statement in response to the Social Security and Medicare Trustees report released today: AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins said “Social Security and...
Jun 27, 2017AARP urges Senators to vote ‘NO’ and start from scratch on new health care bill
WASHINGTON, DC—AARP Executive Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer Nancy LeaMond sent the following letter today to all 100 Senators in response to the Congressional Budget Office score of the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, urging them to vote ‘NO’ on the bill.
- Jun 13, 2017Patient, Provider and Consumer Groups Call on Senate to Protect Patients First in Health Care Debate
WASHINGTON, DC—Eight prominent patient, provider and consumer advocate groups announced today they are joining forces to host a series of events in states across the country to highlight the need to protect patient access to affordable and adequate care as the health debate continues in Washington, DC.
Jun 12, 2017AARP Expands Age Tax Ads Targeting 11 Senators in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Ohio, Nevada, Tennessee, West VirginiaSteps Up Opposition to Harmful Health Bill with Visits to Capitol Hill, Phone Calls, Social Media
WASHINGTON, DC — AARP today announced new television ads against the Age Tax and other provisions in the health care bill, urging 11 U.S. Senators in eight states to “vote No” on the...
May 24, 2017Older Americans “disproportionately” impacted with Age Tax, removal of preexisting condition protections according to Congressional Budget Office Analysis.
WASHINGTON, DC — AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond released a statement today following the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) release of new numbers revealing the...
May 23, 2017AARP: We Oppose the White House Proposed Budget that Makes Billions of Dollars in Cuts to Crucial Programs for Seniors
In a statement today following the release of the White House proposed budget, AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond opposed cuts that would harm American families
Mar 13, 2017Older Americans “disproportionately” impacted according to nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office Analysis
WASHINGTON, DC — AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond released a statement today following the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) release of new numbers that predict 24 million...
Mar 7, 2017Legislation would weaken Medicare, hike insurance premiums on those who can least afford it, and give tax breaks to big drug companies.
Washington, DC — In a statement today AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond announced AARP’s opposition to the House plan that would make harmful changes to our current health care...
- Jan 30, 2017
AARP today launched a comprehensive campaign to protect Medicare in the face of proposals by some in Congress that would hurt hardworking Americans who have paid in to the program, their entire...
- Jan 17, 2017Includes Protection of Social Security, Medicare Benefits, Access to Affordable Health Care, Prescription Costs
In a letter to President-elect Donald J. Trump, AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins outlines AARP's priorities for Americans age 50 and older including protecting Medicare and Social Security, ensuring access...