AARP Alabama

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Gay Watson is the Associate State Director for Communications at AARP Alabama.

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Even Alabama Power now admits new rate plan won’t lower customer power bills

Posted on 09/4/2013 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/gwatson/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Alabama |

When the Alabama Public Service Commission recently approved a new rate structure for Alabama Power — by a 2-to-1 vote —  AARP began calling for the PSC to show us the numbers. The two commissioners voting for the new plan, Twinkle  Cavanaugh and Jeremy Oden, claimed it would result in lower power bills for Alabama Power customers. Terry Dunn disagreed, voting against the new plan, and said it might even raise power bills for hardworking Alabama families. AARP agreed with …

Free workshop at UAB answers questions about the insurance marketplace

Posted on 09/3/2013 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/gwatson/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Alabama |

The Health Insurance Marketplace and Beyond 6th Annual UAB AARP Aging Policy Conference Wednesday, October 2 3-6 p.m.  At the Edge of Chaos (UAB campus), Lister Hill Library, 4th Floor, 1700 University Blvd., Birmingham, AL 35294 When open enrollment begins  Oct. 1 for the Healthcare Marketplace, consumers and providers alike will have questions A Kaiser Family Foundation poll earlier this year found that 42% of the public didn’t know the Affordable Care Act had become law. Among those, 19% thought …

Posted on 08/30/2013 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/gwatson/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Alabama |

Enough already! The Alabama Public Service Commission continues to put excessive profits before hard-working Alabamians. Just last month, the commission voted 2 – to – 1 to approve a new rate plan for Alabama Power that will do little, if anything, to lower bills. Commissioner Terry Dunn continues to be the lone champion of Alabama consumers and believes the plan won’t save money for consumers. AARP’s experts agree. Although the other two commissioners claim the plan will lower bills, they have …

Join us Sept. 11 for the AARP Day of Service

Posted on 08/22/2013 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/gwatson/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Alabama |

September 11 is a national day of service for AARP and organizations across the country to honor the victims and heroes of September 11, 2001. This year, several AARP chapters and the state office staff will be participating in projects that benefit their communities. Please join the effort and donate a few hours to help others and meet new folks along the way. AARP Alabama staff will be volunteering with E.A.T.  South Farms, an urban farm in Montgomery, and with …

AARP Asks Public Service Commission to Show Us the Numbers!

Posted on 08/20/2013 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/gwatson/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Alabama |

This letter was sent to members of the Alabama Public Service Commission this week in response to their change in the way Alabama Power’s profits are calculated. August 19, 2013  Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh, President Jeremy Oden, Commissioner Terry Dunn, Commissioner Alabama Public Service Commission 100 N. Union St., Suite 800 Montgomery, Alabama 36104 RE:  Alabama Power Company, Docket Nos. 18117 and 18416 Dear President Cavanaugh, Commissioner Oden and Commissioner Dunn: AARP is disappointed in the lack of transparency in the …

AARP Calls Move by PSC “A Shell Game”

Posted on 08/14/2013 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/gwatson/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Alabama |

AARP Response to Public Service Commission’s Ruling on Ala Power, Show Us the Math, Not a Shell Game MONTGOMERY – In response to the Alabama Public Service Commission’s ruling regarding Alabama Power, Jesse Salinas, state director of AARP Alabama – which represents more than 450,000 members age 50 and older in Alabama – issued the following statement: “Show us the math. Today, the Public Service Commission put excessive profits before hard-working Alabamians. The PSC announced a decision that does little, …

Read AARP Volunteer State President Jack Bradford’s letter today on al.com

Posted on 07/25/2013 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/gwatson/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Alabama |

Opinion from Jack Bradford, Volunteer State President,  AARP Alabama: Setting the record straight http://www.al.com/opinion/index.ssf/2013/07/opinion_from_jack_bradford_vol.html

AARP in Your State

Posted on 07/24/2013 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/gwatson/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Alabama |

The AARP Alabama state office opened in 2001, and since then, the volunteers and staff have been working to improve the lives of Alabamians age 50+ and their families through outreach, advocacy, and legislative activities. Those efforts are led by seven full-time staff members and a 10-member volunteer executive council who work with hundreds of dedicated volunteers throughout the state. Those volunteers, along with Alabama’s 450,000 AARP members, are the backbone of the organization and a driving force in every …

How to make sure your retirement income will work for you

Posted on 07/20/2013 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/gwatson/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Alabama |

By Jean C. Setzfand  If you saved, say, 10 percent of your salary for the rest of your working life, do you think that would be enough to get by? The so-called “experts” have long pegged that as the target savings rate, but how would you know whether it would meet your individual needs? There are plenty of calculators out there to will tell you how much money you might have saved by the time you retire; some will even …

Join AARP at the PSC Meeting Tomorrow on Your Alabama Power Bill

Posted on 07/16/2013 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/gwatson/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Alabama |

A reminder that tomorrow is the last Public Service Commission meeting on Alabama Power’s rates. The Commission agreed to look into the rates and profits of Alabama Power, and has held two informal public meetings already to hear from the company and customers. The third and final meeting will be held at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, July 17, in Montgomery, at the RSA building, 201 Union St., 9th Floor auditorium. AARP is fighting for fair gas and electric rates for …