Louisiana ranks 37th in long-term care services and supports

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

Advocacy Louisiana ranks 37th 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 across-the-board – but especially when it comes to quality of care and quality of life, and effective transitions. This, according to a new, comprehensive state-by-state Scorecard from AARP with support of the nation’s leading organizations behind quality long-term care, The Commonwealth Fund and SCAN Foundation. Raising Expectations 2014: A State Scorecard on …

New survey reveals what Louisianans think about age discrimination

Posted on 05/12/2014 by | AARP Louisiana | Comments

Advocacy Older Louisianans overwhelmingly support bipartisan legislation to combat age discrimination in the workplace, a new AARP survey shows. The telephone survey conducted last month of 501 registered Louisiana voters 50 and older found a remarkable 83 percent favor passage of the bipartisan Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act (POWADA). Significantly, 91 percent of those interviewed said they “strongly” endorsed the bill.  In contrast, only 5 percent oppose passage, the survey reported. “No one deserves to be ousted from their job …

Most of Utility Rate Hikes Rolled Back

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy Two utility-rate cases before the Louisiana Public Service Commission last year could have led to rate hikes for about 1 million residential customers. AARP and other consumer advocates intervened, and in settlements announced in December, Entergy Louisiana agreed to drop its proposed $144 million rate hike to $10 million, while Entergy Gulf States Louisiana backed off entirely from a proposed $38 million increase. “Retirees spend a higher percentage of their budgets on utilities than working people do, so any increase …

Advocates Aim to Cap Interest Rates at 36 Percent

Posted on 03/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy It sounds like a good deal: Get a short-term loan to cover bills and pay it back when the paycheck (or Social Security check) arrives. In practice, however, repaying a “payday loan” typically consumes a third of a borrower’s paycheck, according to a 2013 report from the Pew Charitable Trusts. As a result, many borrowers borrow again, incurring new fees, and some get trapped in a cycle of debt. State law allows payday lenders to charge annual interest rates of …

Improving Safety for Pedestrians

Posted on 12/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy As part of the Baton Rouge Sustainable Transportation Advisory Committee, AARP Louisiana is working to transform roads in East Baton Rouge Parish into “complete streets” with sidewalks, bicycle lanes and safe crosswalks. Louisiana is the third most dangerous state in the nation for pedestrians, according to the Transportation for America coalition. About 15 percent of all traffic deaths in East Baton Rouge Parish in 2009 were pedestrians. AARP is urging the Metropolitan Council to pass a complete streets city ordinance. …

New survey on Payday Lending reveals most Louisianans want interest rates capped

Posted on 11/12/2013 by | AARP Louisiana | Comments

Advocacy According to a new AARP survey, a majority of Louisianans believe it is important to strengthen consumer protection laws to prohibit excessive annual interest rates for payday loans. “Payday loans drain millions from hard working Louisiana families,” said Nancy McPherson, State Director, AARP Louisiana.  “Older adults who are on fixed incomes are particularly vulnerable to the lure of quick cash to pay for prescriptions, utilities and groceries.  They often find themselves trapped in long-term cycles of debt.” After hearing that …