AARP Florida volunteers played key role in protecting Medicare, stopping harmful Age Tax health-care plan

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In the short span of just three weeks, AARP Florida volunteers’ combined efforts helped defeat a plan in the U.S. Congress that would have weakened Medicare and cost older Americans thousands more every year, AARP’s Florida state director, Jeff Johnson, said. Since the introduction of the American Health Care Act, AARP Florida volunteers made phone calls, wrote letters, utilized social media and made videos to let congressional leaders know that they won’t be taken advantage of, said Johnson. “You stood …

AARP Florida: We’re Disappointed in House Vote AARP Florida: We’re Disappointed in House Vote To Charge Florida Electric Ratepayers for Out-of-State Natural Gas Projects

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St. Petersburg, Fla. – AARP Florida Advocacy Manager Jack McRay said AARP is disappointed in a 9-6 House committee vote Tuesday to allow Florida investor-owned utilities to shift the cost of out-of-state natural-gas exploration and development projects to ratepayers, while simultaneously collecting a return for itself on ratepayer-funded costs. The House Energy and Utilities subcommittee voted Tuesday to approve House Bill 1043 by Rep. Jason Brodeur, R-Sanford, in a subcommittee meeting held specifically to consider the legislation, just ahead of …

AARP Florida: More People Age 50-64 in Florida Would Be Hit by House Health-Care Replacement Plan Than in Any Other State

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Under the current U.S. House plan to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), about 454,000 Floridians age 50-64 enrolled and receiving tax credits in the ACA Marketplace would see higher health-coverage premiums than they pay under current law, more than in any other state, an AARP analysis shows. If implemented today, for older Americans 50-64,  the reduction in tax credits  would range from about $830 a year to about $5,850 a year for the ACA Marketplace “Silver plan” health coverage, …

AARP Florida: Don’t Make Customers Pay for Electric Company Wildcatting Ventures

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Tallahassee, Fla.  – AARP Florida will oppose legislative proposals that would allow Florida electric utility companies, including Florida Power & Light, to use residential customers’ money to finance exploration and drilling ventures seeking natural gas in other states. AARP’s Florida advocacy manager, Jack McRay, announced AARP’s position in remarks before the Florida Senate Communications, Energy and Public Utilities committee Tuesday.  The committee is one of several state legislative committees considering SB 1238, by Sen. Aaron Beach, R-Jacksonville. Its companion bill …

AARP Foundation and the Miami Dolphins team up for Meal Pack Event

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Team up with the Miami Dolphins and AARP Foundation for the 4th Annual Million Meal Pack. All packaged meals will be delivered primarily to older adults in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Together we can improve the quality of life for South Floridians! Volunteers will enjoy music, football activities, a chance to win prizes and will receive a free t-shirt. Various volunteer shifts are available for all ages. The Rick Case Arena at Nova Southeastern University 3301 College Ave. …

AARP, local nonprofits join forces to help make the ‘Burg a more livable place at any age

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  St. Petersburg, Fla. – An overwhelming 89 percent of St. Petersburg residents think their city is a good place to live as they grow older, a new survey by AARP Florida reveals. But there are aspects of living longer in St. Petersburg that could be better, and a new city initiative launching Feb. 11 – part of a global movement to prepare for longer lifespans — aims to identify and improve those areas. The survey, conducted in 2016, is …

AARP Florida: Proposed Gulf Power Rate Increase Request Is ‘Outrageous’; Raise Your Voice to FL Regulators

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St. Petersburg, Fla. – AARP Florida State Director Jeff Johnson issued the following statement urging AARP members and other consumers in the Panhandle to raise their voices on a proposed $106.8 million Gulf Power Co. rate increase. “AARP believes this proposed rate increase asks too much of residential ratepayers,” Johnson said.  The Gulf Power proposal would increase the fixed charge portion of bill, he noted, which is the amount that ratepayers pay regardless of whether they use any electricity. “That …

AARP Florida Launches Campaign to Protect Medicare

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  St. PETERSBURG, FLA. — AARP today launched a comprehensive campaign to protect Medicare in the face of proposals by some in Congress that would hurt hardworking Floridians who have paid into the program their entire working lives. Over the next few weeks, AARP staff and volunteers will meet with members of Congress to underscore the importance of Medicare to Florida’s beneficiaries and the workers who currently pay in to the program. Congressional proposals to change Medicare into a voucher …

AARP volunteers gear up to help Floridians 50+ with annual tax chore

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About 3,000 AARP volunteers, some of whom have served for decades, are gearing up to open more than 300 sites in churches, community halls, libraries and other sites across Florida in the coming days to help Floridians age 50-plus fulfill their annual federal income-tax obligation. For more information on documents to bring to the tax site or to locate an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide site, visit www.aarp.org/findtaxhelp or call 1-888-AARPNOW (1-888-227-7669). AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offered in conjunction with the IRS. …

AARP FL pleased to have Social Security discussed at Broward Senate Debate

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AARP Florida News  For Immediate Release Oct 26, 2016 Media Contact: Victoria Funes, vfunes@aarp.org AARP FL is pleased to have Social Security discussed at last night’s senate debate at Broward Community College. Davie, Fla. — AARP’s Florida state director, Jeff Johnson, issued the following statement after last night’s  “Decision 2016:  Before You Vote” debates sponsored by Leadership Florida, Florida Press Association, AARP and other organizations: “Social Security is a critical issue in Florida and we’re glad the debate moderators asked …