AARP Fraud Watch Warns Residents about Tax ID Theft and Scams

Posted on 01/26/2015 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Advocacy As part of Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week (Jan. 26-30) the AARP Fraud Watch Network is launching an education effort to help Connecticut residents protect against tax scams, and identify the everyday behaviors that could put them at increased risk of ID theft. The national education effort includes a new video and tip sheet to help residents protect themselves and their hard-earned money. “Fraud targeting taxpayers continues to run rampant nationwide,” says AARP Fraud Watch volunteer Byron Peterson. “Two tax-related scams …

Residents Age 50+ Support Oversights, Protections for All Telecommunications Customers

Posted on 01/16/2015 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Advocacy As the telecommunications industry transitions from traditional copper-wire phone service to new technologies, an AARP survey finds support among residents age 50+ for the state to continue its regulatory oversight of the industry in Connecticut, and ensure basic consumer protections for all customers, regardless of what technology is used. READ: AARP Statement on FCC Proposed Rule on Next-Generation Telephone Networks The survey of 800 Connecticut residents age 50 and older found that nearly all of those surveyed (96%) still maintain landline …

AARP Connecticut 2015 Legislative Agenda

Posted on 01/12/2015 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Advocacy AARP Connecticut has announced its 2015 legislative advocacy agenda of key issues critical to residents 50 and older.  AARP priorities in 2015 will focus on policies that support family caregivers, allow individuals to remain independent at home, increase protections for utility consumers and enhance retirement security. “With nearly 600,000 members in Connecticut, AARP is the state’s largest advocacy organization looking out for the interests of individuals age 50 and older – a responsibility we take very seriously,” said AARP State …

Lack of Savings: ‘There’s a Real Crisis’

Posted on 01/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy By Natalie Missakian With a long career as a systems engineer at IBM, Marjorie Freeman always assumed she’d have a comfortable retirement. She paid into Social Security, took advantage of stock options and put money away in her 401(k). But when her son was diagnosed with autism in the 1990s, she cleaned out her savings, including stocks and her 401(k) account, to pay for his education and care. Today the 70-year-old Trumbull resident just gets by on Social Security, a …

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 …