Top Legislative Goal: Help for Caregivers

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

Home & Family 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 …

Heating Assistance is Available

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

Home & Family Winter is coming, and the cost of heating a home may be particularly burdensome to people on fixed incomes. The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) can help both homeowners and renters. “Energy assistance is an essential safety net,” said Steve Gardner, AARP associate state director for communications. “Pennsylvanians should not have to choose between buying food and medicine or staying warm this winter.”  Applications are being accepted for both monthly cash assistance and crisis grants to help with emergencies …

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

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

Home & Family 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 …

AARP Poll of Pennsylvania Likely 50+Voters Shows “Anxiety Index”

Posted on 08/19/2014 by | AARP Pennsylvania | Comments

Home & Family AARP Poll of Pennsylvania Likely 50+Voters Shows “Anxiety Index” Voters Worry Secure Retirement Slipping Away, Want to Elect Candidates Who Address Economic Security AARP Pennsylvania today released a new election year poll showing that 50+ voters in November elections worry a secure retirement could be out of reach for them. Voters also want candidates to focus on improving financial security, as they believe incomes have not kept up with their cost of living, especially health costs, taxes and retirement security. …

Erie Caregiving Forum Offers Help for Those Caring for Loved Ones at Home

Posted on 07/24/2014 by | AARP Pennsylvania | Comments

Home & Family More than 100 Erie area families caring for loved ones at home or anticipating care for themselves or family members adults recently attended a special AARP Pennsylvania Caregiving Forum held earlier this month at Erie’s Blasco Memorial Library.  The event featured Elaine Ryan, vice president of State Advocacy and Strategy Integration in AARP’s Government Affairs group who lead’s AARP’s efforts to help family caregivers fill gaps in the nation’s long-term health care system. Ryan herself is an experienced family caregiver, whose commitment to …

Help Protect Consumers from Skyrocketing Electric Rates!

Posted on 06/24/2014 by | AARP Pennsylvania | Comments

Home & Family AARP is fighting to ensure that you have continued access to affordable and stable electricity service in your home.  Right now, the Pennsylvania legislature is considering House Bill 2104 that would protect consumers from skyrocketing electric rates. Consumers statewide are still recovering from electricity rate sticker shock that slammed thousands of households across Pennsylvania. While electricity marketers attributed the crisis to a “once in a lifetime” polar vortex, we’re all still vulnerable to future rate spikes, perhaps as soon as soaring temperatures …