AARP urges House to pass nurses’ scope of practice bill this year

Posted on 12/9/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing | Michigan AARP Michigan has sent the following letter to state legislators seeking support for House passage of Senate Bill 2 before the Legislature adjourns for the year: Dear Representative,  I am writing on behalf of AARP Michigan to urge you to support Senate Bill 2,which would allow Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) to use a greater scope of their extensive training to treat Michigan patients. AARP supports SB 2 because it will increase consumers’ access to health care and reduce unnecessary …

AARP backs bill that maintains state income tax benefits for surviving spouse

Posted on 12/4/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Advocacy | Michigan An AARP-backed bill that would maintain a state income tax break for a surviving spouse who benefited from the tax status of an older spouse won unanimous passage in the House Tax Policy Committee Wednesday.  The recently enacted tax on pension income allows for an exemption for state residents age 67 and older. A younger spouse also benefits from that tax status four couples who file a joint state income tax return.  House Bill 4301, sponsored by Rep. Jim Townsend, …

Disaster loan deadline for August flooding is Dec. 15

Posted on 12/2/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Home & Family | Local Resources | Michigan The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)  and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are in the Detroit area assisting survivors in their recovery efforts from the flooding in August.   The deadline to receive assistance to December 15, 2014.  The SBA Disaster Loan program is an important step in the recovery process and is available to businesses of all sizes, homeowners and renters that were affected by the flooding in August.  Homeowners and renters who are denied for an SBA Disaster Loan then will …

DTE offers home heating tips for winter

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

Local Resources | Michigan | Money & Work Heating tips from DTE: Last winter’s colder weather resulted in the average customer using 20.5% more natural gas than during the warmer winter of 2012-13. As you prepare for this winter, keep in mind there are two variables that contribute to your bill: the amount of natural gas you use to heat your home and extreme weather conditions, which impact your energy use. For heating tips, go to: To view energy usage video, click here

Legislative Agenda: Caregiving, Guardianship

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Michigan | Volunteering AARP Michigan has a robust legislative agenda lined up for the session that begins Jan. 14. A top priority is passage of the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act, which would better equip family caregivers to safely help their loved ones with medical tasks at home following a hospital stay. AARP advocates also will push for Michigan to become the 41st state to adopt the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act to cut red tape for families when …

Journey from stay-at-home mom to AARP

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

Home & Family | Michigan | Money & Work From West Michigan Woman Magazine Jennifer Feuerstein is AARP Michigan’s new associate state director, a position she earned in January 2014. At first glance, she’s a professional, put-together, successful career woman, but there’s much more to her story. In fall 2008, Feuerstein took a leap of faith. A stay-at-home mom with three kids, she filed for divorce from her alcoholic husband to remove herself and her children from an unhealthy environment. At the time, she wasn’t working outside the home; …