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

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

Advocacy 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 …

Going to Bat for Consumers 50+

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

Advocacy 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 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 …