News Feed Item

AARP to Push Middle Class Agenda at NYS Capitol in 2016

Top Advocate for 50+ to Urge State-Facilitated Retirement Savings Plan, Support for Family Caregivers

ALBANY, N.Y., Dec. 30, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AARP today announced a Middle Class agenda for 2016 at the New York State Capitol aimed at facilitating retirement savings in a changing workplace and supporting family caregivers to help the 50+ achieve financial stability and ease the burden on taxpayers in an aging society.

The top lobbying association for the state's most powerful voting bloc outlined these priorities:

  • Creation of a state-facilitated, payroll-deduction workplace retirement savings plan - "Work and Save" - for the growing number of New Yorkers who lack such an option through their employer.
  • A $25 million increase in next year's state budget for cost-effective non-Medicaid home and community based services for the elderly to eliminate waiting lists that total nearly 10,000 people around the state who qualify but are unable to receive the services.
  • An extra $30 million for State Office for the Aging (SOFA) programs that support family caregivers in need and in crisis situations while they try to care for loved ones at home.
  • Family leave insurance to provide up to 12 weeks of partially-paid leave a year that could be accessed by family caregivers who need to take time off from work to provide care.
  • Expansion of the types of health tasks trained and certified advanced home health aides are authorized to perform to include administering eye drops, ear drops and suppositories, operating nebulizers and ventilators, and applying catheters.
  • Continuing to fight for fair utility rates.
  • Designating New York the first "age-friendly" state in the nation.

"These initiatives are all aimed at helping middle class New Yorkers make ends meet – but they will also benefit taxpayers by helping New Yorkers remain financially independent through their later working years and into retirement," said Beth Finkel, State Director of AARP in New York State. "Helping New Yorkers help themselves to save for retirement in a world where fewer and fewer employers offer pensions or 401(k)s is common sense – and could help many avoid poverty in retirement. Supporting family caregivers in their labor of love to help older New Yorkers age at home, where the vast majority wants to be, is both compassionate and cost-effective."

"And as our population ages, support for caregivers will become more and more critical," Finkel added.

The number of New Yorkers 65 and older is expected to grow from one in seven in 2010 to nearly one in five by 2035. But the number of potential 45- to 64-years-old caregivers for every New Yorker 80 or older is expected to dwindle from 6.6 in 2010 to 3.5 in 2050. Meantime, the 50+ continue growing as a share of the state's electorate, rising from 58% of all voters in the 2010 election for governor to 61% in 2014.

The "Work and Save" plan would help fill the gap for millions of New Yorkers whose employers offer neither a pension nor a 401(k). Already, over half the state's 18- to 64-year-old private sector workers – over 3.5 million New Yorkers – lack such workplace access, including two thirds of Hispanics and over 60 percent of workers 18 to 34 years old.

Non-Medicaid home and community based services for the elderly, family leave insurance, SOFA programs and expansion of allowable health tasks by advanced home health aides would all help support the invaluable work done by nearly 2.6 million family caregivers across New York. They contribute care valued at $31.3 billion annually, helping their older loved ones age with dignity and independence in their homes and communities, rather than in far costlier, taxpayer-funded institutional settings such as nursing homes.

AARP will continue to fight for fair utility rates on a case by case basis; New York consistently ranks at or near the top of the nation in residential electric costs.

And while more municipalities in New York have joined AARP's Network of Age Friendly Communities than any other state in the nation, AARP will urge the state itself to become the first in the country to approve such a designation.

The Network provides funding opportunities as well as mentoring and information-sharing with existing members to help government make improvements aimed not only at the aging but at all generations, such as curb-cuts for both wheelchairs and baby strollers and longer crosswalk times for both the elderly and children. Age-Friendly features also include larger and more visible traffic signs, broader road striping, bus stops with benches, "universal design" in housing such as one-story living, no-step entries and wider doorways and hallways, easily accessible libraries and parks, more accessory apartments and shared housing, and better access to homecare and clinics.


To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/aarp-to-push-middle-class-agenda-at-nys-capitol-in-2016-300197689.html


More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
DX World EXPO, LLC, a Lighthouse Point, Florida-based startup trade show producer and the creator of "DXWorldEXPO® - Digital Transformation Conference & Expo" has announced its executive management team. The team is headed by Levent Selamoglu, who has been named CEO. "Now is the time for a truly global DX event, to bring together the leading minds from the technology world in a conversation about Digital Transformation," he said in making the announcement.
"Space Monkey by Vivent Smart Home is a product that is a distributed cloud-based edge storage network. Vivent Smart Home, our parent company, is a smart home provider that places a lot of hard drives across homes in North America," explained JT Olds, Director of Engineering, and Brandon Crowfeather, Product Manager, at Vivint Smart Home, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
DevOps is under attack because developers don’t want to mess with infrastructure. They will happily own their code into production, but want to use platforms instead of raw automation. That’s changing the landscape that we understand as DevOps with both architecture concepts (CloudNative) and process redefinition (SRE). Rob Hirschfeld’s recent work in Kubernetes operations has led to the conclusion that containers and related platforms have changed the way we should be thinking about DevOps and...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Conference Guru has been named “Media Sponsor” of the 22nd International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York, NY. A valuable conference experience generates new contacts, sales leads, potential strategic partners and potential investors; helps gather competitive intelligence and even provides inspiration for new products and services. Conference Guru works with conference organizers to pass great deals to gre...
The Internet of Things will challenge the status quo of how IT and development organizations operate. Or will it? Certainly the fog layer of IoT requires special insights about data ontology, security and transactional integrity. But the developmental challenges are the same: People, Process and Platform. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Craig Sproule, CEO of Metavine, demonstrated how to move beyond today's coding paradigm and shared the must-have mindsets for removing complexity from the develop...
In his Opening Keynote at 21st Cloud Expo, John Considine, General Manager of IBM Cloud Infrastructure, led attendees through the exciting evolution of the cloud. He looked at this major disruption from the perspective of technology, business models, and what this means for enterprises of all sizes. John Considine is General Manager of Cloud Infrastructure Services at IBM. In that role he is responsible for leading IBM’s public cloud infrastructure including strategy, development, and offering m...
Companies are harnessing data in ways we once associated with science fiction. Analysts have access to a plethora of visualization and reporting tools, but considering the vast amount of data businesses collect and limitations of CPUs, end users are forced to design their structures and systems with limitations. Until now. As the cloud toolkit to analyze data has evolved, GPUs have stepped in to massively parallel SQL, visualization and machine learning.
The next XaaS is CICDaaS. Why? Because CICD saves developers a huge amount of time. CD is an especially great option for projects that require multiple and frequent contributions to be integrated. But… securing CICD best practices is an emerging, essential, yet little understood practice for DevOps teams and their Cloud Service Providers. The only way to get CICD to work in a highly secure environment takes collaboration, patience and persistence. Building CICD in the cloud requires rigorous ar...
"Evatronix provides design services to companies that need to integrate the IoT technology in their products but they don't necessarily have the expertise, knowledge and design team to do so," explained Adam Morawiec, VP of Business Development at Evatronix, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
To get the most out of their data, successful companies are not focusing on queries and data lakes, they are actively integrating analytics into their operations with a data-first application development approach. Real-time adjustments to improve revenues, reduce costs, or mitigate risk rely on applications that minimize latency on a variety of data sources. In his session at @BigDataExpo, Jack Norris, Senior Vice President, Data and Applications at MapR Technologies, reviewed best practices to ...
Widespread fragmentation is stalling the growth of the IIoT and making it difficult for partners to work together. The number of software platforms, apps, hardware and connectivity standards is creating paralysis among businesses that are afraid of being locked into a solution. EdgeX Foundry is unifying the community around a common IoT edge framework and an ecosystem of interoperable components.
"ZeroStack is a startup in Silicon Valley. We're solving a very interesting problem around bringing public cloud convenience with private cloud control for enterprises and mid-size companies," explained Kamesh Pemmaraju, VP of Product Management at ZeroStack, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Large industrial manufacturing organizations are adopting the agile principles of cloud software companies. The industrial manufacturing development process has not scaled over time. Now that design CAD teams are geographically distributed, centralizing their work is key. With large multi-gigabyte projects, outdated tools have stifled industrial team agility, time-to-market milestones, and impacted P&L stakeholders.
"Akvelon is a software development company and we also provide consultancy services to folks who are looking to scale or accelerate their engineering roadmaps," explained Jeremiah Mothersell, Marketing Manager at Akvelon, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Enterprises are adopting Kubernetes to accelerate the development and the delivery of cloud-native applications. However, sharing a Kubernetes cluster between members of the same team can be challenging. And, sharing clusters across multiple teams is even harder. Kubernetes offers several constructs to help implement segmentation and isolation. However, these primitives can be complex to understand and apply. As a result, it’s becoming common for enterprises to end up with several clusters. Thi...