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Jeff Abramo

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After 3 ½ Year Campaign, NJ Orders JCP&L Rate Cut  

Posted on 03/18/2015 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

AARP is pleased that the result of today’s actions by the NJ Board of Public Utilities will be a reduction in base utility rates for JCP&L’s more than 1 million customers.  Prior to today’s decision, JCP&L’s rates had not been fully reviewed for almost a decade.  And while we are disappointed that rates are not being lowered more, a rate cut is certainly better than a rate increase. This decision vindicates the efforts of AARP and others, led by the …

Have you ever been charged for “out of network” services at your “in-network” hospital?

Posted on 03/6/2015 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

A surprise party on your birthday is great. A surprise visit from your grandchild is joyous. But a surprise medical bill? There’s nothing happy about that. If you have ever received treatment at a hospital and were then billed for services during your hospital stay that are “out of network”, that can be quite a surprise. Not to mention a huge hit to your wallet! We want to hear from people just like you who have experienced this. Patients should …

Will JCP&L customers’ 3 year saga soon come to an end?

Posted on 02/27/2015 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

It’s been a long road to get where we are now. Over the past 3 years+, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities has been provided with substantial evidence from the Division of Rate Counsel that JCP&L has been earning more than it is legally allowed, all on the backs of its customers. Thousands of AARP members have spoken out via phone, mail, electronic mail, and social media, pleading for the BPU to act. And a NJ administrative law judge …

Caregivers are heroes. It’s time to help them.

Posted on 02/25/2015 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

Family caregivers in New Jersey provide billions of dollars in unpaid help to their loved ones annually. Most of them are women. We need to do our best to support these loving caregivers.  The passing of the Caregiving Assistance Act (S841 by Senator Loretta Weinberg/A1855 by Asw. Pamela Lampitt), which AARP supports, would improve the financial status of family caregivers. The Caregiving Assistance Act is an income tax credit for eligible caregivers that allows them a deduction in their state income taxes and/or an increase …

Time for state legislators to take care of the women who care for others

Posted on 02/13/2015 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

Caregiving for a loved one is physically and emotionally demanding, especially for women under the stress of being unemployed or single mothers or struggling to make ends meet. According to the Knowledge Center, 83.3 % of all US single parent families with children under 18 are maintained by mothers as compared to 12.9% such families by fathers. Legislators and other elected officials need to pay attention to women voters and support public policies to improve the living and health standards …

Paid sick laws are good for employees, customers, AND businesses

Posted on 01/30/2015 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

I get really tired of the knee-jerk reactions of special interest groups against any new idea. But such is the state of our system of democracy today. What we need are solutions to problems that such organizations can accommodate — they need to give a little. Business organizations should support an earned, paid sick leave law because it is the right thing to do and it will be good for business. Witness in a recent National Public Radio report, the …