Governor Christie Signs the CARE Act: AARP Celebrates Victory for NJ Caregivers

Posted on 11/13/2014 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

Advocacy | New Jersey AARP Commends Governor Christie, Speaker Prieto, Senator Vitale & NJ legislative leadership for supporting family caregivers NJ is second state in the nation to enact law AARP today celebrates the enactment of the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable Act, otherwise known as the CARE Act.  We commend New Jersey’s legislative leaders and Governor Christie for signing this bill, one which will benefit caregivers and their loved ones immeasurably. “New Jersey’s elected officials have stepped up and worked together on behalf of …

Poor Nursing Home Care Grades

Posted on 11/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing | New Jersey At least 70 percent of people age 65 and older will need support at some point in their lives to maintain independence, making the cost and quality of such services critical. New Jersey has some work to do on that front, according to a recent state scorecard on long-term services and supports. The Garden State ranked 44th on the cost of nursing home care and 49th on the percentage of nursing home residents with bed sores. The state did well, …

AARP calls on new BPU President to provide immediate relief to NJ ratepayers, act to protect affordable utility rates & address critical telecommunications issues

Posted on 10/22/2014 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

Advocacy | New Jersey ***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*** AARP calls on new BPU President to provide immediate relief to NJ ratepayers, act to protect affordable utility rates & address critical telecommunications issues Findings of new statewide poll underscore need and support for critical landline service to be maintained in NJ   TRENTON – Today AARP, at a State House news conference with dozens of AARP member volunteers, called on the new NJ Board of Public Utilities President Richard Mroz to take immediate action on pending …

Pugna por un escaño en el Senado

Posted on 10/14/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Español | New Jersey Por Christina Hernandez Sherwood El 4 de noviembre, el electorado de Nueva Jersey decidirá la disputa por un escaño en el Senado de EE.UU. entre el actual senador demócrata Cory Booker y su contrincante republicano, Jeff Bell. Los candidatos tienen posturas diferentes sobre asuntos de importancia para los votantes mayores, como el futuro del Seguro Social y de Medicare. Booker, de 45 años, se impuso en una elección especial realizada en octubre del 2013 para completar el mandato del difunto …

Senate Candidates Disagree on Health Care

Posted on 10/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | New Jersey By Christina Hernandez Sherwood New Jersey voters face a choice on Nov. 4 in the U.S. Senate race between incumbent Cory Booker, a Democrat, and Republican challenger Jeff Bell. The candidates have differing views on issues important to older voters, such as the future of Social Security and Medicare. Booker, 45, won an October 2013 special election to complete the term of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D). Before becoming senator, he had been Newark’s mayor since 2006. Bell, 70, …

Fighting for Affordable Utility Rates

Posted on 09/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | New Jersey On the heels of power outages caused by Superstorm Sandy in 2012, Public Service Electric & Gas proposed a 10-year, $3.9 billion rate increase to cover the largest utility capital investment project in New Jersey history. AARP and other consumer advocates intervened, arguing the plan was too vague, too expensive and would not benefit most customers. After a year of such efforts, the state Board of Public Utilities approved a $1 billion program that protects consumers against unreasonable rates and …