Black Hills Requests Rate Increase for Natural Gas Customers in Kansas

Posted on 07/10/2014 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

Advocacy   Customers of Black Hills Energy may soon be paying a higher monthly bill for their natural gas.  Black Hills is asking the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) to approve a rate increase that would up customers bills by $4.17 per month. “To some, that may not seem like a lot, but for those on fixed incomes like thousands of older Kansans, it can mean that they won’t be able to afford necessary food or medicine,” says AARP Kansas Director Maren …

AARP Scorecard Ranks Kansas 17th in Meeting Long-Term Care Needs of Older Residents

Posted on 06/19/2014 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

Advocacy But more must be done to improve long-term services and supports, especially in the area of quality care Topeka, Kansas – Kansas ranks 17th when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents, and AARP warns more must be done, at an accelerated pace, to improve quality of care and effective transitions from nursing homes to community settings. This, according to a new, comprehensive state-by-state Scorecard from AARP with support of the nation’s leading organizations behind quality …

Blocking Telemarketers from Calling Cellphones

Posted on 06/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy In a move backed by AARP Kansas, state lawmakers unanimously passed legislation to extend the Kansas No-Call Act to protect consumers’ cellphones from unwanted telemarketing calls. While cellphone numbers can be included in the National Do Not Call Registry, the Kansas law previously covered only landline numbers. Kansans can register their cellphones or landlines by calling toll-free 888-382-1222 or visiting donotcall.gov. Phone numbers need to be registered only once for life. Charities and political organizations are permitted by law to …

AARP Kansas Presses Congress on Vital Issues During Older Americans Month

Posted on 05/21/2014 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

Advocacy     Issues Include Bipartisan Older Americans Act, Medicare, Age Discrimination, Transportation Safety and More  WASHINGTON, DC – Today, in the midst of Older Americans Month, AARP Kansas visited Capitol Hill to urge their elected representatives to back bills, including the Older Americans Act, that can help Americans live their best lives. Visits to the offices of Senators Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran and Members of the U.S. House of Representatives Tim Huelscamp, Mike Pompeo, Lynn Jenkins and Kevin Yoder …

AARP and Insurance Commissioner call for veto of healthcare compact bill

Posted on 04/15/2014 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

Advocacy   Topeka – AARP Kansas Director Maren Turner and Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger, at a Statehouse news conference today, urged Governor Brownback to veto House Bill 2553, a bill passed by the Kansas Legislature that would allow the state to join an Interstate Health Care Compact and place federal funding for all health care services in the state, including funding for such programs as Medicare, Medicaid, and Healthwave (children’s health insurance) under the control of the state legislature and …

AARP Urges Veto of Healthcare Compact Bill

Posted on 04/8/2014 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

Advocacy Medicare and other healthcare programs in danger if House Bill 2553  is signed by Governor Brownback.  AARP is asking its members and all Kansans to contact the Governor  (contact information below) and urge him to veto House Bill 2553.  The following letter to the editor by AARP Kansas volunteer David Wilson explains why: Compact bill puts Medicare at risk By Dave Wilson One of the most frivolous and dangerous legislative measures has been approved by the Kansas House and Senate …