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Mary Tritsch

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Mary Tritsch is the Associate State Director of Communications at AARP Kansas. ksaarp@aarp.org

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AARP Kansas Survey Reveals Majority of Kansans Concerned About Rising Utility Costs

Posted on 07/23/2015 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

  Kansas Voters Also Oppose Efforts to Raise Fixed Monthly Costs for Electric and Gas Service   In the midst of proposed rate increases by Westar Energy and Kansas City Power and Light (KCPL), a majority of Kansas voters surveyed by AARP Kansas indicated they are concerned about future increases in electric rates.   More than eight in ten of those who were surveyed indicated that an increase in their household utility bill would be a significant problem for them.   …

Celebrity Chef Returns to Wichita for Health Cooking Class

Posted on 07/21/2015 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

Celebrity Chef Rock Harper returned to Wichita on Saturday, July 18, 2015, to conduct a hands-on cooking class as part of AARP Kansas efforts to help members prepare healthy meals in order to prevent or manage diseases that are related to obesity and to assist caregivers who cook for themselves and a loved one.   Chef Harper, who is the TV program Hell’s Kitchen (Season Three) winner, created the healthy menu and developed recipes for oven roasted cod with a citrus …

Westar Wants to Raise Rates — Again!

Posted on 07/14/2015 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

      If you’re a Westar Energy customer, are you ready to see your utility bills go up? That’s what’s going to happen if the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) grants Westar’s request for a $152 million (almost 8%) annual rate increase. Residential customers with average monthly consumption of 900 kilowatt hours of electricity would have an average monthly increase of $13. In addition, Westar is requesting a return on equity, otherwise known as shareholder profit, of 10% and an …

AARP Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Ruling in King v Burwell

Posted on 06/25/2015 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

      WASHINGTON, DC — The following is a statement by AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins on today’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court:   “AARP applauds the U.S. Supreme Court’s King v Burwell decision today that allows individuals who purchased health insurance through the federal exchange to continue receiving subsidies to help pay premiums. The Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) goals of improving affordability and removing barriers to access for health insurance have been critical in reducing the number …

Beware of Online Romance Scams!

Posted on 06/12/2015 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

Online romance scams are on the rise. Scammers set up fake profiles on dating sites and social networks in order to gain your trust and acquire sensitive information. They will pose as thoughtful, caring individuals with the hidden intent to scam you out of money.   The FBI estimates that Americans lost $82 million to online dating fraud during the last six months of 2014. Losses from these scams rose 61% between 2011 and 2013, which is why it is …

AARP Tax-Aide Volunteers Save Money for Kansans

Posted on 05/22/2015 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

By Steve Robins, Kansas State Coordinator, Tax-Aide April 15 marked the end of the 2014 tax season. It was an especially challenging year as our volunteers dealt with questions about whether taxpayers had health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act. But that didn’t stop the 387 Kansas AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers from preparing taxes at 77 sites throughout the state. We completed over 18,100 federal and 18,600 state tax returns at no charge to our clients. That represents over …