AARP supports lowering taxes on retirement income

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On behalf of our 1.3 million members in New Jersey, AARP supports proposals to increase the personal income tax pension and retirement income exclusion fivefold over three years. An income tax cut for retirees will help those who have lived and raised their families in New Jersey stay in New Jersey in their retirement years by allowing our middle class retirees to keep more of their hard-earned and hard-saved money to spend on goods and services throughout our state, supporting …

In-network doctor….in-network facility…but out-of-network $$$ bill?

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The Out of Network Transparency Act, which will be up for a vote in the New Jersey Legislature soon, would help protect us from surprise medical bills. It would crack down on unfair medical billing practices that hurt consumers by charging high, unregulated prices for services outside of health insurance networks. However, the opposition from highly paid specialists and for-profit hospital owners is threatening to stop the bill in its tracks. Thousands of New Jerseyans get hit with shocking, unfair …

Support caregivers. Support those they care for. Support the RAISE Act.

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Many of us have been, are, or will be a family caregiver, or are likely to need the help of one someday.  Family caregivers are the backbone of services and supports in this country,  the first line of assistance for people with chronic or other health conditions, disabilities, or functional limitations. Family caregivers make it possible for loved ones to live independently in their homes and communities. If not for them, the economic cost to the US health care and …

New law creating elder abuse task force is a great first step towards protecting those we love

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Thank you Governor Christie and members of the legislature for signing Bill #S157 to create the New Jersey Task Force on Abuse Against the Elderly and Disabled. The impact of abusive practices is financially and emotionally devastating to our loved ones who are victimized. There is also a tremendous burden on the judicial and social services systems to rectify the injustices from such crimes although vast numbers of such crimes go unprosecuted. AARP concurs that the resources and experiences of a …

AARP Praises Enactment of bill creating Task Force on Abuse Against Elderly and Disabled

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AARP New Jersey applauds the enactment of legislation which will create the New Jersey Task Force on Abuse Against the Elderly and Disabled. Governor Chris Christie signed the bill on Monday, May 23.  “AARP applauds Governor Christie for signing this important bill into law,” said AARP New Jersey State Director Stephanie Hunsinger. Hunsinger added that “AARP also commends the hard work of the sponsors and supporters of the New Jersey Task Force on Abuse Against the Elderly and Disabled.” The …

Watch Your Wi-Fi

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  On a free public network or even at home, using public Wi-Fi means you’re potentially sharing your credit card numbers, passwords and other personal information with the world, leaving yourself vulnerable to criminals.  With cybercrime costing Americans $800 million last year, the AARP Fraud Watch Network is urging you to Watch Your Wi-Fi.  A new video from AARP highlights the risks. How It Works: You connect to free public Wi-Fi at the gym, a hotel or maybe a coffee …

‘Shred Fest 2016’ Helps New Jersey Consumers Avoid Risk of Identity Theft

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As part of its ongoing efforts to help consumers avoid falling victim to identity theft, AARP New Jersey is sponsoring “Shred Fest 2016” – a pair of local NJ events to provide free shredding of personal financial documents and other sensitive records. The Shred Fest events will be held on Friday, April 22nd in Harrison and Saturday, April 23rd in Trenton. These two events kick off dozens of Shred Fest 2016 events scheduled for communities nationwide, during Money Smart Week® …

New Jersey women deserve EQUAL pay

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AARP supports a bill (S992) awaiting Gov. Chris Christie’s signature that would tremendously help women facing employment discrimination in pay and benefits. This bi-partisan legislation should be made law to address continuing and persistent gender-based wage discrimination. In 2014, female full-time workers made only 79 cents for every dollar earned by men, a gender wage gap of 21 percent. The gender gap is worse for minority women. In 2012 the median annual earnings of Hispanic women were $28,424, just 54 …

If YOU pay a retirement adviser to advise YOU, YOUR interests should come first!

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As hard as it is for families to ensure a secure future in these difficult economic times, the last thing you need to worry about is whether their financial adviser are looking to increase their own profits at your expense. A current loophole in the law allows financial advisors to do just that, and some have recommended investments carrying higher fees, riskier features, and lower returns to further their own gains. This loophole has cost Americans at least $17 billion …

“IRS” Scam ramping up again as tax season approaches

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NJ residents increasingly report receiving calls in recent days AARP urges caution, encourages sharing of information with neighbors Across New Jersey, residents have been receiving phone calls from scammers claiming to be from the IRS or the US Treasury for a while now. This isn’t necessarily a new scam. But over the last few days, the number and frequency of these calls to New Jersey residents has increased, and it is likely to continue to escalate as we enter tax …