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Caregiving-Related Issues Top AARP Mississippi's Legislative Agenda


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Statement from Ronda Gooden--AARP Mississippi's associate state director for communications--in:
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(GOODEN):
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'A-A-R-P MISSISSIPPI' IS CALLING UPON THE LEGISLATURE, THIS YEAR, TO EXPAND OPTIONS FOR 'TELEHEALTH'--WHICH COULD CREATE BETTER ACCESS TO CARE, REDUCE TRANSPORTATION-BARRIERS, AND IMPROVE PATIENT-OUTCOMES, FOR THOUSANDS OF MISSISSIPPIANS WHO LIVE IN RURAL AREAS.  EXPANDING 'TELEHEALTH' WOULD ALSO HELP FAMILY-CAREGIVERS--BY REDUCING THE STRESS AND TIME OF TRANSPORTING THEIR LOVED-ONES TO MEDICAL-APPOINTMENTS THAT COULD BE HOURS AWAY.  IN ADDITION, WE URGE THE LEGISLATURE TO MAINTAIN FUNDING FOR HOME- AND COMMUNITY-SERVICES, SUCH AS: ADULT DAY-HEALTHCARE, HOME-DELIVERED MEALS, PERSONAL-CARE SERVICES, BOTH INSTITUTIONAL AND IN-HOME RESPITE, AND EXPANDED HOME HEALTH-VISITS--ALL OF WHICH BENEFIT PATIENTS AND THEIR CAREGIVERS.  FINALLY, WE'RE WORKING TO IMPLEMENT THE 'UNIFORM POWER-OF-ATTORNEY ACT'--WHICH WOULD HELP FAMILY-CAREGIVERS NAVIGATE FINANCIAL-CHALLENGES, BY MAKING SURE THAT THESE LAWS ARE CONSISTENT AND HONORED, FROM STATE TO STATE."



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