Cold Calls: Limits on New Energy Marketers

Posted on 05/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family By Christina Hernandez Sherwood At meetings last year of the AARP Greater Woods­town Chapter, John F. Hall kept fielding the same questions and hearing the same concerns: Members were annoyed by repeated phone calls from third-party energy suppliers​ encouraging them to switch providers to get lower rates on their electricity. “People were getting confused,” said Hall, the chapter president. “We don’t want people to live in fear of answering the phone.” State Assemblyman Dan Benson (D-Hamilton) also got complaints: “We …

Caregiving

Posted on 02/21/2014 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

Home & Family   Caregiving is a tough job. In fact, for many caregivers it’s a tough “second” job, as over 70% of New Jersey caregivers are also working. As a result, caregivers often face a long list of challenges that make their day-to-day job that much harder. These challenges range from having to be extremely creative when managing time in order to meet a number of competing demands, to juggling finances in order meet the financial commitment that comes along with caregiving, …

Consumer Advocates Say Landline Service Is a ‘Lifeline’

Posted on 01/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family Superstorm Sandy had a devastating impact on the Garden State, and now some residents are facing another possible blow. Verizon Communications has decided not to rebuild the copper wire network in storm-stricken communities, instead replacing it with Voice Link—a service that connects home handsets to a wireless network. Voice Link does not support broadband Internet access or medical alert systems, and during disasters, 911 calls may be blocked by network congestion. AARP New Jersey has asked the state Board of …

Property Tax Battles Looming

Posted on 12/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family By Jen A. Miller Mary Keashen, 95, of Cherry Hill, lives on a fixed income in a two-story Cape Cod that she and her husband bought in 1957. When the Homestead Benefit Program was cut by the state legislature for the 2011 fiscal year, her budget was hit. Benefits under the program for the average taxpayer were cut by more than half. So instead of a $1,000 reduction on her $6,400 property tax bill, Keashen got a $510 break. “I …

What you need to know about Medicare and Open Enrollment 2013

Posted on 11/13/2013 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

Home & Family Once a year, people who are already on Medicare have an opportunity to make changes in how they receive their benefits. Those on Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) can sign up for Part D coverage or move to a Medicare Advantage plan. They can also change from one Part D prescription drug plan to a different one. Those who already have a Medicare Advantage plan they can switch to a different plan. The dates for open enrollment this …

Confused About Health Insurance? Look to your Health Insurance Marketplace

Posted on 11/13/2013 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

Home & Family by Nicole Duritz   Journalist Edward R. Murrow once said, “Anyone who isn’t confused doesn’t understand the situation.” Nearly half of the American public says they do not have enough information to understand how the Affordable Care Act will affect them and their family, according to an August 2013 Kaiser Family Foundation report. (For that matter, they may not even know what the Affordable Care Act is – they know it as “Obamacare.”) The thing is, health care has always …