Oklahoma Honors Caregiving Month with New Law Supporting Caregivers

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

Advocacy 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 …

New Law Eases the Transition from Hospital to Home

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

Advocacy 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 …

New Law Protects Consumers Who Need Home Repairs

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

Advocacy A new state law will provide greater oversight of the roofing industry beginning Nov. 1. Signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin (R), the measure requires roofing contractors to register annually with the state Construction Industries Board and to display their company’s name and phone number at job sites and on vehicles—which could deter fraud. The law also calls for educational standards for roofers. Violations carry stiff penalties. AARP supported the legislation as part of its continuing efforts to crack …

Oklahoma Aging Partnership (OAP) Releases Annual Legislative Report on Aging Issues

Posted on 08/1/2014 by | AARP Oklahoma | Comments

Advocacy The Oklahoma Aging Partnership (OAP) today announced the release of its annual legislative report on newly enacted legislation impacting the lives of older Oklahomans. Click HERE to read the full report.   The OAP is a non-partisan coalition comprised of AARP Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Alliance on Aging, the Oklahoma Silver Haired Legislature Alumni Association and the Oklahoma State Council on Aging.   The 2014 Legislative Report on Aging Issues details four OAP-endorsed caregiving, safety and nursing home bills. These proposals …

Giving PSO an Open Check Book for its Flawed Smart Meter Expansion Not a Smart Idea

Posted on 07/11/2014 by | AARP Oklahoma | Comments

Advocacy   By JOE ANN VERMILLION   AARP Oklahoma Executive Council Member       Right now, our electric company – Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) – is asking the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to approve its flawed smart meter expansion program.  They want customers like you and me to pay for their $133 million expansion, even though their own analysis fails to show their smart meter program will reduce either operational expenses or the price of electricity for customers.   …

AARP Opposes Settlement in PSO Utility Rate Case; More than 8,000 Oklahomans Participate in Tele-Town Hall

Posted on 06/20/2014 by | AARP Oklahoma | Comments

Advocacy More than 8,000 Oklahomans participated in a tele-town hall focused on a proposed $45 million rate increase by Public Service Company of Oklahoma. We also discussed PSO’s flawed Smart Meter expansion that will cost residential customers $133 million. AARP Oklahoma State Director Sean Voskuhl issued the following statement in response to a proposed settlement agreement in the rate case: “AARP opposes the current settlement because it doesn’t do enough for PSO’s residential customers. PSO shouldn’t be given an open checkbook …