Governor Malloy, State Legislators Make First Capitol Caregivers List

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

Advocacy Every day, more than 700,000 Connecticut residents perform a great labor of love, caring for older parents, spouses and other loved ones so they can stay at home—where they want to be—and out of costly institutions. Four elected officials in Connecticut went above and beyond this year to provide a little bit of help for family caregivers by championing a law that removes barriers to full practice authority for advanced practice registered nurses. To recognize their work to support family …

AARP Statement on Final CL&P Rate Increase Decision

Posted on 12/17/2014 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Advocacy AARP has released the statement below from John Erlingheuser, AARP Connecticut Advocacy Director, on the final CL&P Rate Request Decision by Connecticut’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA): “While we are heartened by the fact that PURA took into account the vast public outcry in its decision to slash CL&P’s original rate request, we remain disappointed that the final decision still allows for a significant increase in the utilities fixed customer service charge.  AARP believes any increase in CL&P’s fixed customer …

AARP Sponsors Online Discussion with CT House Leaders on CTMirror.org

Posted on 12/2/2014 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Advocacy The Connecticut Mirror will host a special Google Hangout with House leaders on Thursday, December 4, 2014 in advance of the 2015 legislative session. The event is sponsored by AARP Connecticut and will begin at 11 a.m. on ctmirror.org.  The video also will be posted at this link to view later. Joining host and Mirror Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Pazniokas will be House Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey, D-Hamden, and Rep. Themis Klarides, R-Derby, who was elected House minority leader, becoming …

AARP Reaction to CL&P $130 Million Rate Hike Decision

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

Advocacy Below is a statement by AARP Connecticut Advocacy Director, John Erlingheuser, on the recent CL&P rate request decision by Connecticut’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA): “Today’s decision by PURA to slash CL&P’s rate request is both good news and bad news for Connecticut ratepayers.  The good news is that PURA listened to the complaints of consumer advocates and thousands of ratepayers in their decision to slash CL&P’s unreasonable rate request by about $90 million, and penalize the company for its …

Retirement Savings, CARE Act Top Agenda

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy AARP Connecticut has a robust legislative agenda lined up for the session that begins Jan. 7. AARP is advocating a payroll retirement savings plan for workers who do not have access to an employer-sponsored plan. The state office also is pressing for the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act, which requires hospitals to show family caregivers how to provide follow-up care—such as managing medications or dressing wounds—before a patient goes home. AARP will continue to fight for affordable utility rates …

AARP to Push for Paid Family Medical Leave in Connecticut

Posted on 11/25/2014 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Advocacy Did you know that Connecticut has had a family and medical leave act in place since 1990,three years before Congress passed the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)?  These laws allow workers to take leave from work when they have a serious illness, or need to take care of an ill family member, an injured service member, or a new child. With only 16% of employers providing paid leave, usage of the law remains low, as most workers cannot afford …