Deadline for health insurance coverage is March 31.

Posted on 03/21/2014 by | Associate State Director/Communications | Comments

Local Resources If you are under age 65 and not currently eligible for Medicare or Medicaid, it’s important to understand your insurance options in Alabama. The deadline to sign up for health insurance for this year to avoid paying a penalty is March 31, 2014. We strongly urge all Alabamians who are currently without health insurance to go to www.healthcare.gov to determine your eligibility for private insurance and subsidies. Alabama’s governor, Robert Bentley, continues to stand against Medicaid expansion, leaving many thousands …

AARP Tax Aide program offers free tax help

Posted on 01/23/2014 by | AARP Alabama | Comments

Local Resources Need help preparing your taxes? From Feb. 1 – April 15, AARP Foundation’s Tax-Aide program provides free tax preparation help to people with low to moderate incomes. About 175 trained volunteer tax specialists provide service at more than 40 sites throughout Alabama. This free service can answer most tax questions facing low to moderate income tax payers, especially for people 60 years old and older. AARP’s Tax Aide is the largest free tax assistance and preparation service in the country. …

Alabamians will still see high natural gas and electric bills in 2014

Posted on 12/13/2013 by | AARP Alabama | Comments

Local Resources In Alabama, electric and gas customers still pay some of the highest bills in the South, while Alabama’s big utilities reap some of the highest allowed profits in the country.  Following nearly a year of informal meetings by the Public Service Commission (PSC) on the rates and profits of Mobile Gas, Alabama Gas, and Alabama Power, the status quo remains with Alabamians seeing little if any relief on their utility bills. Mobile Gas, Alabama Gas, and Alabama Power are monopoly …

Faith Communities Seek to Relieve Stress on Caregivers

Faith Communities Seek to Relieve Stress on Caregivers

Posted on 11/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Local Resources AARP Alabama is working with the Alabama Lifespan Respite Coalition to raise awareness of the demands of caregiving and to engage faith-based groups in efforts to relieve stress on caregivers. Alabama has about 818,000 family caregivers, and the estimated value of their unpaid contributions is more than $7.3 billion, according to a 2011 AARP report. AARP is distributing its “Prepare to Care: A Planning Guide for Families” to chapters across the state, along with a tool kit developed by the …

AARP AL Shredding Event - November 15th

AARP AL Shredding Event – November 15th

Posted on 10/11/2013 by | AARP Alabama | Comments

Local Resources Reduce your chances of becoming a victim of ID theft by safely destroying your personal documents with the help of AARP Alabama at their Free Shredding Event on November 15, 2013. An industrial-sized shredder will be on-site, and individuals (no businesses, please) may shred up to three bags or boxes of personal papers. There is no fee for this community service. However, AARP will be collecting non-perishable food items to support the Montgomery Area Food Bank and its disaster relief efforts. …

Tax-Aide Provides Free Tax Filing Assistance

Tax-Aide Provides Free Tax Filing Assistance

Posted on 02/21/2013 by | AARP Alabama | Comments

Local Resources The AARP Foundation is again providing free tax assistance and preparation for Alabama taxpayers with low-to-moderate income through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 46th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, giving special attention the older population.  You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this service. Last year, 332 Tax-Aide volunteers helped about 21,500 Alabamians file their tax returns. The program is offered …