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

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

Advocacy | Connecticut | Money & Work | Press 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 | Connecticut 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 …

Is Your Car Winter Ready?

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

Connecticut By Julie E. Lee Although the winter months bring joyful holidays with family and friends, they can also bring unpredictable weather and dangerous driving conditions. Snow, black ice, fog and early nightfall are just a few of the driving challenges you may have to contend with this season. But what’s your first line of defense and the easiest way to ensure a safe winter on the roads? Winterizing your car! Thankfully, winterizing most vehicles is simple, and requires little more …

AARP to Push for Paid Family Medical Leave in Connecticut

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

Advocacy | Connecticut | Home & Family | Money & Work 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 …

Holidays Offer Opportunities to Check on Elderly

Posted on 11/24/2014 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Connecticut | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family Today, more than one in four adults in America is caring for a loved one who needs help, usually a parent.  Here in Connecticut, more than 486,000 residents are providing unpaid care for a loved one.  In fact, if you aren’t already a caregiver, chances are, you will be one day.  Many times an adult child is cast suddenly into this role after an aging parent suffers a fall or a medical crisis.  But more often, a parent or loved …

Say No to CL&P Unfair Rate Hikes

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

Advocacy | Connecticut 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 …