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New Leadership for Montanans 50-Plus

PHOTO: After 15 years, there's new leadership at AARP Montana. Former state director Bob Bartholomew retired and Tim Summers has been named the new director. Photo courtesy of AARP.
PHOTO: After 15 years, there's new leadership at AARP Montana. Former state director Bob Bartholomew retired and Tim Summers has been named the new director. Photo courtesy of AARP.
January 26, 2015

HELENA, Mont. - A new legislative session and a new director at AARP Montana. Tim Summers is taking the helm of the group that champions issues for older Montanans. Summers says Montana has a senior population that's growing faster than almost any other state in the nation, and there are some top issues the group will be watching this year.

"Fraud prevention, representing the interests of the 50-plus at the State Capitol, obviously we'll be involved there," says Summers. "Financial security of older Montanans and engaging people in communities across Montana."

Summers has been the director of AARP Wyoming for 14 years. He replaced Bob Bartholomew who retired after 15 years as the AARP Montana state director.

Summers says Medicaid expansion also is at the top of the legislative list, because of its impact on thousands of Montanans who cannot afford to purchase health insurance and the ripples carried through the state's economy.

"Fixing the uncompensated care in the hospitals," says Summers. "Medicaid expansion is obviously very important to expanding coverage, but it's also very important to local economies."

While the Legislature is a priority right now, Summers says he will continue AARP outreach to communities around the state with meetings and educational programs.

Deborah Courson Smith/Deb Courson Smith, Public News Service - MT