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AARP Florida Requests to Formally Intervene in FPL Rate Increase Case Before Florida Public Service Commission

Posted on 04/26/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/aarpatti/" title="Posts by Patti Shea" rel="author">Patti Shea</a> | AARP Florida |

Contact: Jessyca Sosa 786.804.4509 o 954.646.4584 c jsosa@aarp.org Dave Bruns 850.577.5161 o 850.228.2759 c dbruns@aarp.org St. Petersburg, Fla. – AARP Florida state director, Jeff Johnson, announced today that AARP Florida has filed a request to formally intervene in a Florida Power & Light (FPL) $1.34-billion proposed rate increase case before the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC), urging the PSC to reject the proposed increase as too costly for consumers. “On behalf of AARP’s 2.8 million members across the state, as …

A Week in Jacksonville With AARP

Posted on 04/25/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/aarpatti/" title="Posts by Patti Shea" rel="author">Patti Shea</a> | AARP Florida |

For the past two years, AARP Florida has sponsored the Jacksonville Jazz Festival with tremendous success. This year, we’re upping the ante. May we present to you: A Week in Jax With AARP Beginning Saturday, May 21 culminating with the AARP Block party and fabulous concerts at the Jazz Festival May 27-29. Here’s what’s going on (break out your calendar, you’re going to want to mark down a few things.)   SATURDAY | MAY 21 AARP UNIVERSITY YOUR HEALTH, WEALTH …

AARP Florida State President Named to Top Volunteer Role in America’s Seven Largest States

Posted on 04/1/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/aarpatti/" title="Posts by Patti Shea" rel="author">Patti Shea</a> | AARP Florida |

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – AARP has named a retired Boca Raton aviation leader and volunteer activist to a role representing the interests of tens of thousands of AARP volunteers in America’s seven largest states. Kenneth “Ken” Thomas, 62, will serve as Regional Volunteer Director for the AARP Mega-States region. He will be the top-ranking volunteer leader in this region. The region includes AARP volunteers and staff in seven states: California, Florida, Illinois, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas. These states …

New Law Aims to Prioritize Those Who Need At-Home Health Services

Posted on 03/29/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/aarpatti/" title="Posts by Patti Shea" rel="author">Patti Shea</a> | AARP Florida |

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida Department of Elder Affairs will prioritize need for the state’s residents on its wait lists for home and community-based long-term care (HCBS) services, according to a law (House Bill 1335) signed by Gov. Rick Scott on Friday. Currently, about 60,000 low-income and disabled Floridians are on waiting lists for at least one of a series of state services that help families keep their loved ones at home and out of more costly nursing home facilities.  HCBS …

AARP Florida: Floridians 50+ Score Some Wins in 2016 Session

Posted on 03/11/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/aarpatti/" title="Posts by Patti Shea" rel="author">Patti Shea</a> | AARP Florida |

For immediate release March 11, 2016 Contact: Dave Bruns 850.577.5161 o 850.228.2759 c dbruns@aarp.org AARP Florida: Floridians 50+ Score Some Wins in 2016 Session; Budget Showed Progress But Too Many People Still Wait for Help New guardianship law establishes new protection for vulnerable older Floridians; gains in affordable housing funding are welcome Tallahassee, Fla. – In the 2016 legislation session, Floridians age 50-plus scored solid wins on oversight of professional guardians, blocking cost increases for consumers seeking their medical records …

AARP Florida Hails Guardianship Protection Enhancements

Posted on 03/8/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/aarpatti/" title="Posts by Patti Shea" rel="author">Patti Shea</a> | AARP Florida |

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida lawmakers have sent Gov. Rick Scott a proposed new law to toughen oversight of professional guardians in the wake of two years of controversy over frail, vulnerable Floridians who have been bilked by untrustworthy professional guardians. The Office of Public and Professional Guardians can now institute standards of practice for public and professional guardians, create a registry, receive and investigate complaints, establish procedures for disciplinary oversight, conduct hearings, specify penalties, and take administrative action for guardians who …

AARP Florida State Director Urges Candidates to Provide Specifics on Their Plan to Update Social Security for 21st Century

Posted on 03/3/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/aarpatti/" title="Posts by Patti Shea" rel="author">Patti Shea</a> | AARP Florida |

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 3, 2016 Contact: Dave Bruns, 850.228.2759 dbruns@aarp.org St. Petersburg, Fla. – AARP Florida State Director Jeff Johnson issued the following statement Thursday as presidential candidates prepared to campaign in Florida in the run-up to the state’s March 15 presidential primary: “With the nation’s highest percentage of residents age 65-plus, Florida has a huge stake in the future of Social Security,” Johnson said.  “In less than two weeks, Florida voters head to the polls to choose the …

AARP Florida Volunteers, Staff Mourn the Passing of Former Florida State Volunteer President Doug Heinlen

Posted on 02/10/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/aarpatti/" title="Posts by Patti Shea" rel="author">Patti Shea</a> | AARP Florida |

Feb. 10, 2016 For immediate release Contact: Dave Bruns, 850.228.2759 ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – AARP Florida State Director Jeff Johnson issued the following statement on the death Wednesday morning of Doug Heinlen of Sarasota, former volunteer state president of AARP Florida: “Volunteers and staff of AARP across Florida today mourn the loss of Doug H, a volunteer leader who exemplified the mission of AARP:  to improve the lives of all as they grow older.  Doug had battled pancreatic cancer for four …

AARP Florida Names Three State Lawmakers as ‘Capitol Caregivers’

Posted on 12/15/2015 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/aarpatti/" title="Posts by Patti Shea" rel="author">Patti Shea</a> | AARP Florida |

TALLAHASSEE — Across Florida, almost 2.7 million Floridians perform a labor of love, caring for older parents, spouses and other loved ones so they can stay at home—where they want to be—and out of costly institutions. It’s often more than a full-time job, and for millions of these caregivers, the responsibilities are overwhelming. Now AARP has recognized three Florida lawmakers for their work in 2015 that champion the cause of family caregivers throughout the state. AARP has named state Sen. Denise …

RAISE Act Passes Senate, Heads to House

Posted on 12/11/2015 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/aarpatti/" title="Posts by Patti Shea" rel="author">Patti Shea</a> | AARP Florida |

Here’s good news for the nation’s 40 million family caregivers, including almost 2.7 million in Florida. The U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support and Engage (RAISE) Act, which calls for a national strategy to recognize and support family caregivers. It now moves to the U. S. House of Representatives for a vote. “This bill supports love,” said Jeff Johnson, AARP’s Florida state president. “Millions of Floridians take on the responsibility of caring for their elders or those …