Major North Dakotans Winners in Legislative Session / Public News Service

North AARP members worked hard during the 2019 session to ensure that legislators heard about the needs of aging adults. (MatthewUND / CreativeCommons)

North AARP members worked hard during the 2019 session to ensure that legislators heard about the needs of aging adults. (MatthewUND / CreativeCommons)

May 13, 2019

BISMARCK, N.D. – With the state legislature now being adjourned, advocates for older people in Northern Dakotans are considering a legislative session that saw a great victory for the 50-plus crowd.

Josh Askvig, state director of North Dakota AARP, says that the organization 's top priority was legislation that was tried three times more.

"The bill called the CARE Act would ensure that hospitals provide medical information and tasks that are required to do so at the home of 62,100 family carers when a loving person is released," he explains.

The CARE Act was passed and will become law in August.

Askvig notes that another major achievement is a reduction in state income tax on Social Security benefits which will affect approximately 30,000 people.

And there were other measures aimed at improving the lives of older adults, including investments in affordable housing, increased access to telemedicine, and a bill bringing banks into an entity folder reporting suspected fraud. .

As a result of various other bills, Askvig says that financial and functional eligibility for state programs that were sometimes difficult and which have been removed from home care services will be reduced.

"There has been an improvement in ensuring that they do not receive services in a timely manner, no matter where they try to access services," he says.

Askvig maintains the success of the concerted effort by AARP members and barristers, who said it came into force during the session to speak to lawmakers.

"I think the results just show how effective our members 'voices are when they speak and say' This is what is important to me and my community, and, say the legislator, this is how which you can help, "he says.

AARP will be working in the coming months to educate people across the state about the new laws, and about how they could be affected.

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Mary Schuermann Kuhlman, Public News Service – ND

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