Seniors: Protect yourselves from financial fraud

Seniors: Protect yourselves from financial fraud

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

Michigan | Money & Work  From Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s office LANSING -   During National Crime Victim Rights Week, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette issued consumer advice to seniors and family members of vulnerable adults on how to avoid falling victim to financial crimes, which are on the rise against the elderly.  “Criminals are very creative, and Michigan seniors make attractive targets for fraud and theft,” said Schuette. “All too often, my office prosecutes scam artists who targeted a retiree’s nest egg and abused their …

Thousands apply for Medicaid expansion on opening day

Thousands apply for Medicaid expansion on opening day

Posted on 04/2/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Michigan From Gongwer News Service More than 11,000 people applied for Medicaid on Tuesday, the first day where eligibility was expanded to those with incomes up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level.  State officials reported success in processing the applications through the Healthy Michigan website, but there were some technical glitches. A Gongwer News Service staff member attempted to apply and about a half-hour into the application, hit an error and despite logging out and logging back in continued …

Healthy Michigan enrollment starts today

Healthy Michigan enrollment starts today

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Michigan From MLive LANSING — Enrollment begins today for Michigan’s expanded Medicaid program. State officials say they’re ready to handle a “large number of people” applying for the health insurance program that’s available to some 477,000 low-income Michiganders. That number includes 75,000 residents age 50 to 64 who are not yet eligible for Medicare. The plan, called Healthy Michigan, is expected to cover 320,000 people in the first year. The website went through rigorous testing in an effort avoid the technical …

Take the Road to Safer Driving

Take the Road to Safer Driving

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

Home & Family | Michigan | Volunteering By Kathleen O’Gorman Sandra and Russell Engle know all about the hazards of M-20, a four-lane highway connecting Midland and New Era that carries a brisk daily load of trucks, buses and automobiles commuters, students heading to campus and gamblers on their way to the big tribal casino in Mt. Pleasant. So when the Engles, who live in Greendale Township in Midland County, heard about an AARP Driver Safety course being offered last fall, they signed up. They’re glad they …

Gov. Snyder signs landline elimination bill

Gov. Snyder signs landline elimination bill

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

Advocacy | Michigan  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 | Michigan 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 …