AARP CT Statement on Malloy Electric Supplier Proposals

AARP CT Statement on Malloy Electric Supplier Proposals

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Advocacy AARP Connecticut released the following statement from AARP State Director, Nora Duncan, in response to Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy’s announcement regarding State efforts to address consumer complaints in the electric supplier market: See Also: AARP Survey Supports Stronger Protections for CT Electric Customers  “While we have not seen the legislative language associated with the Governor’s proposals, AARP is encouraged by his remarks and his recognition that the third party electric supply market needs to be fixed.  We consider this is …

AARP Survey Supports Stronger Protections for CT Electric Customers

AARP Survey Supports Stronger Protections for CT Electric Customers

Posted on 03/31/2014 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Advocacy Thousands of Connecticut utility customers are being lured in by unscrupulous energy companies with the promise of saving money on their electric bills but they are paying more.  In fact, according to a study by Connecticut’s Office of Consumer Counsel, nine out of ten customers who switched to a third party supplier in CL&P’s territory and seven out of ten customers in UI’s territory were paying more than the Standard Offer during the study period.  The overpayments totalled about $13.7 million per month - money …

AARP Connecticut featured on WHPX-TV 'For the Record'

AARP Connecticut featured on WHPX-TV ‘For the Record’

Posted on 03/25/2014 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Advocacy AARP Connecticut volunteers Byron Peterson on Shelton, CT and Jean Caron of Old Saybrook, CT recently appeared on the program “For the Record” with host Shawn Murphy to talk about AARP and the work we do in Connecitcut.  Highlights include our work to inform the public about the benefits of the new health care law and how it impacts them and their families; our advocacy work at the State Capitol, including efforts to enact greater consumer protections for utility customers; our …

Access to Workplace Savings Critical for Secure Retirement

Access to Workplace Savings Critical for Secure Retirement

Posted on 03/11/2014 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Advocacy Our nation and its working families face an unprecedented crisis: a vast retirement savings deficit, estimated to be as much as $6.6 trillion, or about $57,000 per household.  New research from the National Institute of Retirement Security (NIRS) shows an alarming lack of retirement savings among average working-age households in the United States.  According to NIRS, the average working household in America has only about $3000 saved for retirement and 45% of working-age households – about 38 million — have no retirement …

AARP Connecticut Supports Expansion of Family Medical Leave

AARP Connecticut Supports Expansion of Family Medical Leave

Posted on 03/7/2014 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Advocacy AARP Connecticut has submitted testimony to the General Assembly’s Labor Committee in support of House Bill 5283, AN ACT CONCERNING EXPANSION OF FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE.  AARP supports the bill and efforts at both the state and federal level that increase paid leave and cover more workers for longer periods of time so that employees can both attend to their own health needs and care for loved ones.  H.B. 5283 expands the family members covered by the law so that an employee may use …

AARP CT Testifies in Support of Family Caregivers, Aging in Place

AARP CT Testifies in Support of Family Caregivers, Aging in Place

Posted on 03/4/2014 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Advocacy AARP Connecticut has submitted testimony on several bills being considered by the General Assembly’s Aging Committee that would promote “aging in place”, expand access to home and community-based care, and support family caregivers caring for an individual with Alzheimer’s or an aging loved one.  The bills would allow more people to receive care in their homes, provide caregivers with necessary training and expand respite services.  Read testimony presented by Connecticut resident and AARP volunteer, Kathy Null, here and testimony from AARP volunteer Pat Gerckens here.  Read AARP’s written …