Want to be an effective advocate?

Want to be an effective advocate?

Posted on 04/17/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Advocacy TRAVERSE CITY — A group of residents in this Northern Michigan city attended an AARP session today on “How to be an Advocate.” Melissa Seifert, AARP Michigan Associate State Director for Government Affairs, covered the do’s and don’ts of advocacy, how to contact a legislator, how to organize a campaign and other topics at the West  Bay Beach Holiday Inn in Traverse City. “Do your homework,” Seifert told the group. “Know the ins and outs of your issue.” Seifert also …

Financial security, pensions focus of Detroit forum

Financial security, pensions focus of Detroit forum

Posted on 04/9/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Advocacy More than 60 government, business, union and civic leaders from Metro Detroit participated in AARP Michigan’s “Keep the Promise” event on April 3, which focused on financial security in retirement and the plight of Detroit retirees due to the city’s historic bankruptcy.  The lively two-hour program at the Federal Reserve Bank in Detroit featured presentations from Attorney Robert Klausner and Gerri Madrid Davis from SASI, and a panel discussion with community leaders moderated by Detroit Free Press Columnist Susan Tompor. …

Gov. Snyder signs landline elimination bill

Gov. Snyder signs landline elimination bill

Posted on 03/26/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Advocacy  Gov. Rick Snyder late Tuesday signed Senate Bill 636, which will allow telephone companies to eliminate landline phone service with only 90 days’ notice beginning in 2017. AARP Michigan strongly opposed the bill and designated the vote on SB 636 as a “key vote,” meaning the organization deems the legislation important to membership and will report who supported and opposed the bill throughout the legislative process. More than 1,200 AARP members and others responded to a recent call-to-action email and …

AARP opposes energy deregulation bill

AARP opposes energy deregulation bill

Posted on 03/25/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Advocacy AARP will testify in the House Energy and Technology Committee today in opposition to House Bill 5184, which deregulates the retail energy markets in Michigan. AARP opposes this bill because we believe the legislation jeopardizes the affordability and reliability of home energy, said Melissa Seifert, AARP Michigan Associate State Director for Governmental Affairs. A substantial percentage of AARP’s members live on a fixed or limited income. A major priority for AARP is to protect consumers from unaffordable expenses for essential energy …

AARP disappointed in House passage of landline elimination bill

AARP disappointed in House passage of landline elimination bill

Posted on 03/11/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Advocacy The Michigan House voted to pass a bill on Tuesday that would allow phone companies to eliminate landline telephone service with only 90 days’ notice starting in 2017. The House approved Senate Bill 636 on a 71-39 tally. The bill will now return to the Senate for concurrence in amendments. AARP Michigan designated the vote on SB 636 as a “key vote,” meaning the organization deems the legislation important to membership and will report how each Representative voted. AARP Michigan …

Announcement on Medicaid expansion application expected in mid-March

Announcement on Medicaid expansion application expected in mid-March

Posted on 02/27/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Advocacy From Gonger News Service Community Health Director James Haveman told a House subcommittee on Wednesday that he hoped to be able to announce by mid-March when individuals could apply for Medicaid coverage under expanded eligibility requirements enacted by the Legislature in 2013.  Once an announcement is made, he expected people should be able to actually sign up in April, with their coverage effective still effective on April 1, Mr. Haveman said to reporters after the meeting with the House Community …