Put the Brake on Rate Hikes

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

Advocacy Thousands of Pennsylvanians who endured last winter’s polar vortex got hit with another chilling blow: electricity bills as high as 600 percent of the average consumer’s monthly cost. The price hikes were due in part to variable rate contracts, which allow energy companies to change rates with market swings. While the high bills were dismissed as a rare occurrence caused by unusual weather, AARP is concerned that consumers could face such high costs again. The state office is pushing for …

Top Legislative Goal: Help for Caregivers

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

Advocacy By Cristina Rouvalis Two years ago, Joanne Griffiths was healthy and vigorous at 63, walking all over Disney World with her grandkids. A month later, after carotid artery surgery, she suffered a stroke that left her unable to walk or lift her left arm, reducing her voice to a barely audible rasp. Joseph, her husband of 41 years, became her full-time caregiver. It’s been a jarring change for a couple who used to trek two miles in their neighborhood just …

AARP Alerts Pennsylvanians to Ebola-Related Frauds and Scams

Posted on 10/31/2014 by | AARP Pennsylvania | Comments

Advocacy As the nation becomes increasingly concerned about the Ebola virus, experts report more incidents of online scams preying on people’s fear and a desire to help. AARP Pennsylvania is taking the lead in alerting citizens to these scams and providing information to prevent consumer fraud, crimes that affected over fifty thousand Pennsylvanians in 2013. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has seen and received consumer complaints about a variety of products claiming to either prevent the Ebola virus or treat …

AARP Releases Nonpartisan Voters’ Guides for Pennsylvania Elections

Posted on 10/7/2014 by | AARP Pennsylvania | Comments

Advocacy With less than a month to go before the state’s November 4 General Election, AARP Pennsylvania today released non-partisan voters’ guides featuring positions from Pennsylvania Gubernatorial, Congressional and state legislative candidates on critical health and financial security issues. Voters of all ages may view the guides at www.aarp.org/yourvote. “AARP wants to make sure our 1.8 million Pennsylvania members and all voters know what the candidates are saying – and not saying – about key issues that matter to them and …

Sharp Divide in Race for Governor

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

Advocacy By Hilary Appelman Property taxes and health care spending are among the top issues facing Pennsylvania voters Nov. 4 as they choose between incumbent Republican Gov. Tom Corbett and Democratic challenger Tom Wolf. The AARP Bulletin asked the two campaigns about issues of interest to older voters. Each campaign responded by email. Property taxes. Education spending has been a hot issue, and that’s of critical importance to many older Pennsylvanians because of its direct impact on property taxes. More than …

AARP Pennsylvania Issues Statement in Response to Approval of Waiver Expanding State Medicaid Program

Posted on 08/28/2014 by | AARP Pennsylvania | Comments

Advocacy AARP Pennsylvania Issues Statement in Response to Approval of Waiver Expanding State Medicaid Program AARP Pennsylvania released the following statement in response to federal officials today approving a waiver to expand Medicaid for Pennsylvania:  “AARP Pennsylvania is pleased that an agreement has been reached to provide health coverage to more than 500,000 hard-working Pennsylvanians – including 90,000 residents age 50-64 – many of whom are either between jobs or in jobs without health coverage. AARP Pennsylvania was one of many …