27 Facts About AARP


AARP is an interest group in the United States focusing on issues affecting those over the age of fifty.

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AARP was founded in 1958 by Ethel Percy Andrus, a retired educator from California, and Leonard Davis, who later founded the Colonial Penn Group of insurance companies.

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AARP sells paid memberships, and markets insurance and other services to its members.

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AARP severed ties with Davis in 1979 and began dropping Colonial Penn products.

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AARP sought competitive bids for insurance coverage and in 1981 chose Prudential Insurance Company of America to underwrite the group health plan for AARP members.

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Organization was originally named the American Association of Retired Persons, but in 1999, it officially changed its name to "AARP", to reflect that its focus was no longer American retirees.

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AARP launched Life Reimagined in May 2013, calling it a "first-of-its-kind series of online and offline experiences that guide people through life transitions by helping them discover new possibilities and connect with a community of people pursuing similar passions and goals".

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AARP has been active in health care policy debates since the 1960s, and its recent engagement is a reflection of this long-standing involvement.

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AARP testified before Congress in support of the Older Americans Act and the amendments to Social Security that created the Medicare Program, which President Johnson enacted into law in 1965.

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AARP addressed health care issues in their campaign targeting the 2008 elections with Divided We Fail.

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AARP said that by lobbying for the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act, AARP leaders had betrayed the membership.

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AARP backed the Affordable Care Act proposed by President Obama.

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In 2017, AARP successfully opposed legislative efforts to repeal the ACA.

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Approximately seven million people have AARP-branded health insurance, including drug coverage and Medigap, as of April 2007 and the association earns more income from selling insurance to members than from membership dues.

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AARP has not published any material relating to single-payer health insurance on its website, in its several hundred page policy book, or through its Public Policy Institute.

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Since March 2012, AARP's "You've Earned a Say" campaign has sought to foster nonpartisan conversations about how to strengthen Social Security and Medicare.

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In June 2011, AARP dropped its long-standing opposition to cutting Social Security benefits.

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In 2005, AARP led the effort to kill President George W Bush's plan for partial privatization.

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AARP now has concluded that change is inevitable, and it wants to be at the table to try to minimize the pain.

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AARP advocated for the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975.

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In 2009, AARP backed the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act, which aims to restore fairness for workers 40 and older by treating age discrimination as seriously as other forms of workplace discrimination.

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AARP Services, Inc, founded in 1999, is a wholly owned taxable subsidiary of AARP that manages the range of products and services offered as benefits to members.

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AARP Services develops new products, manages and markets products and services, and creates and maintains partnership and sponsorship relationships.

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In 1979, AARP introduced the nation's first driver safety course geared towards older adults.

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AARP The Magazine, is a lifestyle magazine for people 50+.

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Criticism has been leveled at the salaries that AARP staff earn, and the use of first class and business class travel for short trips.

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AARP reported that it had spent $8,694,890 on compensation of its officers, directors, and key employees during 2014.

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