AARP Wisconsin

Jim Flaherty


Jim is the communications director of AARP Wisconsin.

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Fighting for the 50+ in 2015-17 State Budget

Posted on 01/7/2015 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Supporting Wisconsin’s family caregivers and assuring that all Wisconsinites have the framework to build a solid financial plan for their retirement are two of AARP Wisconsin’s state legislative priorities as the governor and legislature begin work on the 2015-17 state budget.  Here are some solutions to these and other issues that we’ll be fighting for on your behalf during the upcoming state budget cycle. We will be testifying on these issues during the Joint Finance Committee’s state budget public hearings …

We Care for Wisconsin’s Caregivers

Posted on 12/18/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

We like to refer to the nearly 600,000 family caregivers across Wisconsin as the “silent army of unsung heroes.” Why? Because our AARP studies repeatedly show that people would much rather continue living in their own homes and communities than be moved into a nursing home or other costly institution. Family caregivers are the ones who make that possible. These selfless caregivers help their aging parents, spouses, siblings or other relatives with everything from bathing, shopping and cooking to managing their …

Rate Hikes a Slap in the Face to Customers

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

We’re very frustrated and disappointed after our state’s Public Service Commission (PSC) last week ignored the objections of more than 1,100 Dane County residents and granted Madison Gas and Electric (MGE) permission to raise its fixed monthly rates from $10.44 to $19 starting next year. MGE’s proposal does call for reducing its hourly usage rate by a few cents. But the PSC estimates the monthly rate increase coupled with the hourly rate decrease will translate to a $3 increase in …

Madison Named Best City in U.S. for Aging

Posted on 11/18/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

  The Milken Institute, a Los Angeles-based think tank, just released its first-of-its-kind index of the “Best Cities for Successful Aging,” and 11 Wisconsin metro areas are on the list, including Madison, which was ranked number one. The index measures and ranks the performance of 352 U.S. metropolitan areas in promoting and enabling successful aging. Madison topped the list for large metro areas, while Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis was ranked number 29. Nine Wisconsin metro areas named to the “small metro” list …

Marketplace Open Enrollment Begins

Posted on 11/14/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

The Health Insurance Marketplace open enrollment period is an important opportunity for Wisconsinites who have coverage through the Marketplace to review your plan and compare options to make sure your plan still works for you. This is also an important opportunity for people who do not have health insurance to get coverage. If you are uninsured, the Marketplace is where you can go to shop for coverage and find a plan that fits your needs. And you may be able …

Make Your Own Emergency Disaster Kit

Posted on 09/17/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Disasters disrupt thousands of lives every year and have lasting effects both to people and property. When disaster strikes, relief organizations will try to help but may not be able to reach you immediately, so we need to be ready ourselves.  September is National Disaster Preparedness Month and it’s our opportunity to get disaster prepared.    This month we hope you will set time aside to create an emergency communications plan to establish how you find and communicate with loved ones …