AARP opposes First Energy request for subsidy

Posted on 01/9/2015 by | AARP Ohio | Comments

Advocacy AARP Ohio opposes an unnecessary and costly First Energy proposal, now pending before the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO), which would force customers to subsidize some of its power plants through a surcharge on their electric bills. The added fee would cost customers an estimated $3 billion over the next 15 years. “This is a bad deal for Ohio consumers,” said AARP staffer Bill Malcolm, who monitors utility issues in this region. “Worse, First Energy’s proposal is contrary to …

Being a Family Caregiver Isn’t Easy

Posted on 01/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy By Susan Ruiz Patton Janina Sawicki put her children through college by taking care of aging women in her home in the 1980s. Now one of her daughters is using what she learned at home and at college to take care of her mother. Sarah L. Becker, of Dayton, has been looking after Sawicki, 80, who has dementia, for more than five years. “I said for years, if something happened to my mother, I want to take care of my …

AARP opposes action on land lines in lame duck session

Posted on 11/14/2014 by | AARP Ohio | Comments

Advocacy COLUMBUS, OH – AT&T has returned to the Ohio Statehouse once again asking the state legislature to adopt a proposal that would have rural Ohioans lose their copper land line service, and also would deny them fiber optic cable service. AARP Ohio opposes moving this complex proposal during the lame duck session and is urging more study before legislators consider this proposal. Following is a statement by Jane Taylor, state director for AARP Ohio: “We must always be watching and …

Where Do Candidates Stand? Here’s Help

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

Advocacy On Nov. 4, Ohio voters will decide who will represent them in the U.S. House of Representatives. Each of the state’s 16 congressional districts is up for election. To help Ohioans make informed decisions at the polls, AARP has prepared a voters guide showing candidates’ public statements on issues such as Social Security, Medicare and saving for retirement. The candidates’ positions are presented side by side, giving voters an easy way to compare their views. AARP does not endorse candidates …

Care for Caregivers: Tell Your Story

Posted on 09/26/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy AARP is asking caregivers across the state to weigh in on what services could help them most. Answers will be collected and shared with policymakers to help meet the needs of Ohio families and reduce the costs of long-term care. At any given time, about 1.7 million Ohioans are serving as family caregivers, providing services valued at $17.5 billion annually. Supportive services for caregivers could result in more Ohioans continuing to live at home rather than moving into institutional care, …

Ohio 50+ Voters Worry About Falling Behind

Posted on 09/25/2014 by | AARP Ohio | Comments

Advocacy COLUMBUS, OH – AARP earlier released an election-year survey showing that Ohioans age 50+ who are likely to vote in the November election worry about their financial futures. Many of those who are not now retired worry that a secure retirement will be out of reach for them. Voters 50+ say they want to see candidates focus on improving their financial security, as they believe their incomes are not keeping up with the cost of living, especially health costs, taxes …