Recent History and Health Policy Goals of AARP

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RecentHistory and Health Policy Goals of AARP

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RecentHistory and Health Policy Goals of AARP

TheAmerican Association of Retired People (AARP) was created in 1958 andchanged its name to AARP Services, Inc. in 1999, as put by Dilulio(2012). The group has recently grown and spread nationwide throughlocal chapters and is run by volunteer board members at the local andnational level. By 1995 the organisation’s trust funds wereestimated to have grown to $460 million, a figure that was said to beenough to pay benefits for thirty-five years, and which later grew to$652 million by 2008 (Dilulio, 2012). By 2014, the organisation had atotal of thirty-seven million members. In 2005, the group opposedBush’s plans of attempting to reform the Social Security that wasmeant to use the private retirement accounts. It also fought againstthe tax cuts during Reagan and Bush administration. AARP has gonethrough some changes and established some goals in the recent past.

In2010, AARP Financial made it public that it would discontinue theAARP funds after a filing with the Securities and ExchangeCommission. It also opposed the Medicaid block donations and percapita caps in 2017 with the fear that such had direct effects on theprovision of health services to the people (,2017). The organisationalso participated in other activities that contribute to the healthstatus of an individual. In 2011 for example, AARP developed arelationship with some of the NASCAR drivers with the aim ofincreasing awareness of the hunger situation in the nation. Theorganisationalso sponsored a Hedrick driver through its Drive to End Hungerprogram in 2016.

AARPhas developed different policies over the years. The policiesfocus on individuals with an age of more than fifty as they undergotheir ageingprocess. First, one of their recent developments has been thestrengthening of the bedrock protections of Social Security andMedicare. The policy aims at guarding the social insurance programs,which are a financial foundation of all the families in the nationespecially the mid-income earners and those who are in a state ofpoverty. Second, the policy puts that older Americans who are in needof support should have access to it and that they should be able tolive independently. The third policy asserts that the safety net mustbe retained in an intact state for the large group of vulnerableindividuals. The forth policy suggest that the local communitiesshould work hard in promoting the maximum well-being of the people ofall ages. The other policy issue is that there is a need forconsumers to have adequate safeguards in the first changingmarketplace.

Lastly,other healthcare policy goals include ensuring that all individualshave access to primary care through the creation of a larger,culturally proficient healthcare workforce that will be able to fillthe space in primary care (AARP, 2016). They also focus on containingthe costs of attaining healthcare needs to a state that allindividuals may be able to access better services. The other policyis on the promotion of health through the development of preventionmeasures to ensure that individuals are less prone to healthcomplications. Enhancing quality is another strategy developed by thecompany to ensure that the needs and preferences of the patient areat the very centre of the healthcare system. The organisation’spolicies are designed to ensure that individuals, especially those ofan older age can meet their healthcare needs.


AARP(2016). AARP Public Policies. Retrieved March 21, 2017, from American Association of Retired Persons (AARP): History &ampSummary. Retrieved March 21, 2017, from

Wilson,J., &amp Dilulio, J. (2012). Americangovernment: institutions and policies-the essentials(13th ed.). Boston: Wadsworth Publishing Company.