Education & Advocacy


The Education & Advocacy Committee is made up of members who are industry experts in specific areas such as Clinical, Skilled Nursing, Assisted Living, Home Care and Home Health, Financial & Insurance and Legal. The committee will bring to the surface industry topics and information to educate members on current issues and topics.

The Committee will conduct quarterly events/programs open to the membership including the general public.

Mission: The Education and Advocacy (EAA) Committee will serve TRLA members and their constituents with valuable information regarding senior industry topics, trending issues facing seniors, and community resources available to seniors and their families. The EAA Committee will identify issues and challenges facing seniors in our local community and seek ways to advocate for change to improve the lives of seniors in our community.

Chairs: Mark Hensley, AARP and Tammy McKee, Alamance Eldercare

The Education & Advocacy Committee


Call to Action


Stop Rx Greed

Click to read more about Stop Rx Greed

The AARP Stop Rx Greed campaign is a nationwide, sustained effort aimed at pressing Congress, the Administration and state lawmakers to take action now to lower drug prices.  Americans continue to pay the highest brand name drug prices in the world.  Seniors are particularly vulnerable because they take an average of 4.5 medications a month.  AARP is calling for policy solutions that actually lower drug prices instead of simply shifting the costs around within the health care system.  To do that, we must deal directly with the root cause of the high drug prices: price gouging by drug companies.

Government is broken while drug companies are making BILLIONS in profits off seniors and hardworking Americans.  Congress needs to work together to pass legislation to lower prescription drug prices now.

  • Protect Older Americans: No one should have to choose between food and medicine.
  • Stop Overcharging: It’s time to crack down on drug companies for charging Americans the highest prices in the world for the medicines they need.
  • Driving up Costs: The tens of billions drug companies spend on advertising each year is shameful and makes drugs more expensive, e.g. they spend billions more on advertising than it costs them to develop new drugs.
  • Commonsense solutions to lower Rx costs: People of ALL ages depend on their prescriptions and unfair prices are putting their medicines out of reach.

Call to Action: Tell Congress to pass bipartisan legislation to lower prescription drug prices by completing this petition and returning to Mark Hensley at  Thank you.

What’s Happening

Education & Advocacy News and Events

Protecting Older Workers Against Age Discrimination Act (POWADA).

Advocacy News January 21, 2020

POWADA PASSES HOUSE:  Last week, the U.S. House passed the Protecting Older Workers Against Age Discrimination Act (POWADA). Voting yes were 224 Democrats and 34 Republicans — a rare bipartisan victory in today’s Washington. This was a long time coming since the bill was first introduced a decade ago, and a positive step forward on an issue of critical importance to older Americans. A court ruling approximately ten years ago made it harder to prove age discrimination than any other kind of workplace discrimination. POWADA would level the playing field, restoring older workers’ rights to be treated fairly. More and more older Americans are looking to stay in the workforce past traditional retirement age.  AARP research findings report that more than 60% of workers age 45+ have seen or experienced age discrimination. An identical bill has been introduced in the Senate. While there is also some bipartisan support in the upper chamber, the bill’s prospects there are still not clear. AARP will continue to urge the Senate to pass the bill.

Mark Hensley | NC Associate State Director of Community Outreach and Advocacy Triad Region | Cell: (919) 798-9424 | Email:


URGENT NC State Age Planning Survey


This is urgent.  Please help the Piedmont Triad Regional Council Area Agency on Aging circulate the Aging Plan Survey across all age groups and community groups!  You may direct people to the PTRC website:  and click on this link to access form (  Hard copies may also be requested from the PTRC office (336-904-0300), and can be sent back to PTRC for input.  Please share with clients, support group members, program participants, residents, family, friends and coworkers… and if possible, collect hard copies and mail to the address PTRC 1398 Carrollton Crossing Drive Kernersville 27284 ensure they are received.

The PTRC would like to receive all surveys by the beginning of March.  The results will provide input and will inform the 4-Year Aging Plan due at the Division of Aging and Adult Services by May 1.

Laura Regan, MHA
Cone Health | Alamance ElderCare
Executive Director

Advocacy Update: by Mark Hensley, Associate State Director, AARP Triad


Medical Expense Deduction AARP continues our big push on the medical expense deduction and the need to extend the 7.5% threshold before the end of the year.  Failure to do so will result in a tax increase for 4.4 million individuals and families across the country with high health care costs.  Today, AARP released a statement urging congressional action. 

RoboCall Bill  The House and Senate have reached an agreement on the ‘robocall bill’ (now titled Pallone-Thune TRACED Act) which AARP supports.  The bill in its final form represents a compromise between the House and Senate versions.  The Senate may vote on the final bill Thursday of this week. Stay tuned!

Stop Rx Greed The House of Representatives has not scheduled a vote on Rx CampaignHR3 and it is unclear when the vote will be scheduled.  HR3 was passed by the Senate in November and AARP is hopeful that bill will be scheduled by the middle of the December.  Link:

Older Americans Act (OAA) (HR 4334) The House passed their version of the OAA (titled The Dignity in Aging Act of 2019) in October and the Senate is still working on their version.  The Senate is not expected to take up the House version of the OAA, however, there will likely be a compromise bill negotiated between the two chambers.  At this time the path forward remain unclear.

State of NC 

A three-judge panel unanimously decided that there was not enough time to scrutinize the new congressional district map for extreme partisan bias thereby allowing the new North Carolina congressional maps to be used for the 2020 elections.   Congressional primaries are in March and candidate filings began December 2.  The court acknowledged that there is not enough time to decide on the constitutional challenges to the maps without delaying primary elections significantly.

US Senate candidate Garland Tucker drops primary challenge to Senator Thom Tillis. In a letter to his donors “Tucker said that the campaign had become more challenging as of September and he did not have the funds to run a competitive race.

NC House District 6:  Kathy Manning of Greensboro, unsuccessful ran for NC Congressional District 13 held by incumbent Representative Ted Budd (R), has announced that she will run for NC House District 6 currently represented by Congressman Mark Walker (R).  Walker is reportedly considering running again incumbent Republican Senator Thom Tillis following congressional map redistricting.

NC General Assembly: As the 2019 holiday season approaches, the NC General Assembly has yet to pass a budget for 2019-2021.  Proposed budgets have been vetoed by Governor Roy Cooper (D) and multiple critical programs, including Medicaid Transformation, face an uncertain future. Managed Medicaid or Medicaid Transformation has been officially “suspended,” since the budget hasn’t passed.  Other items like, teacher raises, are the source of discord between the legislature and governor’s office.  The longest session of the NC General Assembly is costing tax payers $42,000 per day to operate. For more visit:


The Living Smarter Series

This educational series by the Education & Advocacy Committee is held quarterly. Below is a preview of upcoming topics.

1st Quarter: Community Programs
Jan 21: Know the Difference of Levels of Care
For details and to RSVP, visit the AARP RSVP link

2nd Quarter: Elder Law and Financial Planning
3rd Quarter: Medicare / Medicaid / Acute Care / Diagnosis Specific
4th Quarter: Long-Term Care (Communities / Home Care / Hospice)