Speakers Bureau volunteers ready to Speak Out!

Posted on 08/20/2014 by | AARP Missouri | Comments

Advocacy AARP Missouri Speak Out! volunteers are ready to share information with their communities! Below are topics that are available to both internal AARP groups and community organizations, social groups, businesses, and educational entities. And these speakers are FREE! AARP speakers are available to groups of 20 or more and presentations are no more than 30 minutes in length, including Q&A. Typically, booklets, brochures, and other handouts are collateral to the presentations. Please allow four weeks advance notice should you wish …

An Interview with Rep. Jacob Hummel on Medicaid Expansion in Missouri

Posted on 07/2/2014 by | AARP Missouri | Comments

Advocacy AARP Missouri: Thank you for the opportunity to hear your thoughts about Medicaid reform. Recently, AARP conducted an interview with Sen. Ryan Silvey (R-17) and disseminated his comments on this subject. AARP is not endorsing any particular plan, but AARP is interested in hearing your views and thoughts from the other side of the aisle. Rep. Hammel: Several members have filed multiple bills dealing with Medicaid expansion. We have tried to get hearings on those bills. There had been some …

Interview with Senator Ryan A. Silvey

Posted on 05/5/2014 by | AARP Missouri | Comments

Advocacy Special Note: AARP in Missouri interviewed State Senator Ryan A. Silvey (R-17) on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 in his capitol office. This was an opportunity for Sen. Silvey to share his much discussed thoughts about Medicaid reform and the possibility of Medicaid expansion in Missouri. AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization and does not endorse candidates for office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. AARP: You were interviewed on the “Politically Speaking” program where you described the Budget …

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

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 …