2019 Issue Review - Elder Exploitation

We appreciate your interest in learning more about measures that protect older adults from frauds and scams, one of AARP Tennessee’s top legislative priorities. Here is a look at the fraud-related bills AARP supported during the 2019 legislative session:

Elder Abuse Task Force
Legislation passed this year to revive Tennessee’s Elder Abuse Task Force to assess the status of the TN Adult Protection Act, and examine the existing barriers, services, and resources addressing the needs of these elder persons and vulnerable adults. The task force is charged with developing recommendations to address problems associated with the financial exploitation of older persons and vulnerable adults and submit its findings to the governor and legislature by January 15, 2021. This new law was sponsored by Sen. Richard Briggs and Rep. Dale Carr.
Read the full bill here: https://publications.tnsosfiles.com/acts/111/pub/pc0135.pdf

Financial Exploitation by Telephone/Internet
Sen. Kerry Roberts and Rep. Clay Doggett sponsored legislation this year to broaden the offense of financial exploitation of elderly adults to include fraudulent or deceptive solicitations by telephone, internet or other electronic communication. The bill was supported in both the Senate and House, but the costs associated with implementation held the bill in the finance committees. AARP will continue to support and work to assist with passage during the 2020 legislative session.

Frauds/Scams with Medical Information
Legislation passed to create a Class felony offense for any person who knowingly uses a communication or electronic device to obtain information concerning an elderly adult’s medical condition or health, sends unsolicited or specifically refused medical supplies to the elderly adult and files a claim or submits a bill with the state Medicare plan for reimbursement. We are grateful to Sen. Kerry Roberts and Rep. Mary Littleton for their sponsorship and leadership on this bill. Currently, this bill is awaiting the governor’s signature to become law.
Read the full bill here: https://publications.tnsosfiles.com/acts/111/pub/pc0417.pdf

Elderly and Vulnerable Adult Protection Act of 2019
A bill was brought on behalf of the Tennessee District Attorney’s Conference to create new criminal offenses for knowingly abusing, neglecting or sexually exploiting an elderly or vulnerable adult. Additionally, the new law stipulates that an offense is committed if action results in serious psychological injury (even if there is not serious physical injury). We appreciate Sen. Todd Gardenhire and Rep. Kelly Keisling for their support and sponsorship of this issue passed. The bill passed both the Senate and House unanimously and has been sent to the governor for his signature.
Read the full bill here: https://publications.tnsosfiles.com/acts/111/pub/pc0474.pdf

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Dear [Decision Maker],

Thank you for your leadership during the 2019 Tennessee General Assembly. Specifically, I appreciate your support of policies that help protect older adults from fraudulent activities.



It's comforting to know that as scammers continues to target our elderly loved ones, we have champions like you working in the state legislature to protect them.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]