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Gay Watson


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 | AARP Alabama | Comments

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 | AARP Alabama | Comments

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 | AARP Alabama | Comments

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 | AARP Alabama | Comments

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 | AARP Alabama | Comments

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 | AARP Alabama | Comments

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, …