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 …

Say No to CL&P Unfair Rate Hikes

Posted on 11/20/2014 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Advocacy Do you want to see your electric bill increase by an average of $150 a year – with the bulk being charged before you turn on a single light? If you live in a town serviced by Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) and the company has its way, you’ll end up shelling out more of your hard-earned money to pay your electric bill.  Take Action! Right now, the Connecticut Public Utility Regulatory Authority (PURA) is considering CL&P’s request for a …

Heart-ing Family Caregivers Across Connecticut

Posted on 11/5/2014 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Advocacy An excerpt from Joanne’s story: “After my Dad died in 1993, I became the primary caregiver for my mom, Anna. And, when mom’s health declined… leading to a series of hospitalizations and rehabilitation stays, my role evolved. I was the point person coordinating Mom’s medication, hospital and health care visits – and making sure mom had homemade Italian meals every day…” Joanne is one of more than 486,000 Connecticut family caregivers who performs a great labor of love: caring for …

Caregivers Seek Help as Needs Grow

Posted on 11/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy By Beth Levine Within a year of becoming her mother’s caregiver and advocate, Jean Caron, of Old Saybrook, was diagnosed with a reflux disease caused by stress. The year before, her mother, Elizabeth Horn, had had a major heart attack. When her mother was released to a nursing home, Caron was given a one-page sheet of vague instructions. “I learned on the fly about how to do things, make things happen and where to turn to for resources,” she said. …

AARP Supports Constitutional Amendment to Allow Reform of Voting Laws in CT

Posted on 10/28/2014 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Advocacy This election day, Connecticut voters will be asked to vote on a Constitutional Amendment that would remove constitutional restrictions on absentee ballots and allow state lawmakers to change election laws to enact some form of early voting.  The Amendment question will appear on all Connecticut ballots this election day – November 4, 2014. AARP Connecticut is supporting this Amendment as a way to encourage more citizens to participate in the voting process. “AARP supports policies that are designed to encourage …

Public Comments Sought on Feasibility of State-Sponsored Retirement Plan for Private Sector Employees

Posted on 10/14/2014 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Advocacy The Connecticut Retirement Security Board (CRSB) has issued a request for public comment and information regarding the feasibility of a state-sponsored retirement plan for private sector employees. The CRSB was created this year by Public Act 14-217.  The Board’s mandate is to conduct a market feasibility study on the implementation of a public retirement plan for private sector employees currently without access to an employer-sponsored retirement plan.  AARP supports the creation of such a plan and is helping to inform …