AARP Oklahoma Statement on PSO Utility Rate Case 12/18/14

Posted on 12/19/2014 by | AARP Oklahoma | Comments

Advocacy | Oklahoma AARP Oklahoma State Director Sean Voskuhl issued the following statement after a hearing at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission  concerning the PSO Utility Rate Case on December 18th.  “The Administrative Law Judge’s Report in the PSO utility rate case completely ignores the voice of the consumer. AARP strongly objects to the ALJ recommendation that would give PSO an open checkbook to expand its flawed Smart Meter expansion program. By shifting the burden from shareholders to consumers, residential utility customers would pay …

AARP Oklahoma State Director: Thank You Marjorie & Barney

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | AARP Oklahoma | Comments

Oklahoma | Volunteering On behalf of the more than 400,000 AARP members in Oklahoma, I would like to take this opportunity to publicly applaud AARP State President Marjorie Lyons and Executive Council Member Barney Allen who will complete their terms at the end of 2014. Over the past six years, Marjorie and Barney have been champions on issues affecting older Oklahomans, including protecting nursing home residents and veterans and advocating for affordable utilities. Most recently, they worked to help make Oklahoma the first …

Going to Bat for Consumers 50+

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Money & Work | Oklahoma Gearing up for the next legislative session, which begins in February, AARP Oklahoma is preparing to fight for affordable utilities and continued protection of nursing home residents. The state’s largest utility companies have asked for rate increases, and lobbyists representing for-profit nursing homes historically have opposed AARP’s efforts to strengthen protections for nursing home residents, for example, by allowing them to have a video monitor in the room. Earlier this year, Oklahoma became the first state in the nation to …

Oklahoma Honors Caregiving Month with New Law Supporting Caregivers

Posted on 11/7/2014 by | AARP Oklahoma | Comments

Advocacy | Oklahoma By MARJORIE LYONS State President, AARP Oklahoma   November is National Family Caregivers Month and there is good news for Oklahoma’s caregivers!   As of November 1st, Oklahoma is the first state in the nation to adopt a new law that will provide new rights and better supports for caregivers. The CARE Act (SB1536), which was championed by AARP, would not have happened without the hard work and leadership of Senator Brian Crain, R-Tulsa, Rep. Harold Wright, R-Weatherford and Governor …

Violet McClanahan Named 2014 Oklahoma Andrus Award Winner

Posted on 11/7/2014 by | AARP Oklahoma | Comments

Events | Oklahoma | Volunteering Violet McClanahan, a retired special education teacher from Bessie, has been named the recipient of the 2014 Oklahoma Andrus Award for Community Service. The award was presented at the 2014 AARP Oklahoma Volunteer Celebration recently held in Oklahoma City. Named after AARP Founder Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, the Andrus Award is the highest honor given to a volunteer by AARP. Violet spent many hours displaying kindness and compassion to her students. She accompanied them to the State Special Olympics and …

New Law Eases the Transition from Hospital to Home

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

Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Oklahoma Oklahoma is the first state to enact a law that could reduce hospital readmissions by preparing family caregivers to provide follow-up care when a patient goes home after a hospital stay. AARP Oklahoma backed the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act, which took effect Nov. 1. The law requires hospitals to give each patient an opportunity to designate a caregiver. Hospitals will show the caregiver how to perform tasks that will be necessary when the patient goes home, such as …