Utilicare to be funded this year

Utilicare to be funded this year

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

Advocacy AARP, along with other community-based organizations, applaud the efforts of Missouri legislators and Gov. Jay Nixon to fund the Utilicare program this year. This program helps thousands of Missourians with critical funding needed to help pay utility bills. This year, according to the National Climatic Data Center, energy demand was 27 percent higher than average this winter. Utilicare funding was granted on the last day of Missouri’s Cold Weather Rule which provides utility customers the most lenient payment plans and thereby helps avoid disconnection for …

Seeking More Data on Utility Rate Hikes

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

Advocacy As a member of the Fair Energy Rate Action Fund, AARP Missouri is pressing for legislation that would require more transparency in utility companies’ earnings reports. AARP wants utilities to publicly disclose returns on equity on a quarterly basis—not just during rate hearings—so consumer advocates can assess whether rate hikes are warranted. “The general public often has a difficult time obtaining this information,” said Craig Eichelman, AARP state director. “There is no way for a citizen to determine if a …

2013 Legislative Recap

2013 Legislative Recap

Posted on 10/2/2013 by | AARP Missouri | Comments

Advocacy Utility Surcharges AARP Missouri fought against unreasonable surcharges that would impact a consumer’s pocketbook.  Bills introduced early in the session were SB207 that would have expanded the current Infrastructure Surcharge Replacement Surcharge (ISRS) and made it easier for electric utilities to raise rates each and every year.  AARP was aggressive in making sure legislators knew how much seniors would be impacted.  A group of legislators did something rare by asking if this new surcharge made sense for Missourians, especially seniors …

AARP Live returns to RFD-TV

AARP Live returns to RFD-TV

Posted on 09/19/2013 by | AARP Missouri | Comments

Advocacy Join AARP Live tonight at 9:00  p.m. (CT) for a panel discussion on the Affordable Care Act.  AARP Health and Family Expert Nicole Duritz will be joined by Sarah Jennings, Greg Marchildon and Kentucky Executive Council Member Charlotte Whittaker to discuss the health law. Panelists will take questions from viewers and provide information about the health coverage marketplaces approaches that will be in place beginning October 1. This program will be an opportunity to engage members and the public on …

News Conference Held: NO to HB 253

News Conference Held: NO to HB 253

Posted on 09/10/2013 by | AARP Missouri | Comments

Advocacy It was full court press at the AARP Missouri State Office on September 9 at 1:30 p.m.! AARP Missouri staged a news conference in collaboration with the Coalition for Missouri’s Future, of which it is a member.  The coalition represents more than 40 business, labor, education, healthcare and civic organizations who have come together to oppose bad ideas that stop Missouri’s progress. The news conference focused on HB 253 – a hotly debated bill that was vetoed by Gov. Jay …

Gov. Nixon vetoes SB240

Gov. Nixon vetoes SB240

Posted on 07/11/2013 by | AARP Missouri | Comments

Advocacy   Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed Senate Bill (SB) 240 yesterday! The legislation would let natural gas utilities raise rates repeatedly -without close oversight for five years – and rates would go up as much as $500 million! This legislation would have hurt consumers. AARP, along with other entities, fought hard to defeat this anti-consumer legislation. To read the governor’s veto message, go to http://governor.mo.gov/newsroom/pdf/2013/sb240veto.pdf. AARP fights on real issues that matter to you and your family.