Bill Would Let Phone Companies Stop Landline Service

Posted on 11/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Local Resources The General Assembly is considering legislation (HB 1608) that would allow phone companies to stop offering landline service if at least two other telecommunications companies offer phone services to residential customers in the area. If the measure becomes law, the companies could raise rates for landline users or eliminate basic service to save money. AARP Pennsylvania opposes the measure. “There are many rural areas in Pennsylvania where cellphone service is not reliable,’’ said Ray Landis, AARP state advocacy manager. In …

Insurance Marketplace Opens; Multiple Options for Consumers

Insurance Marketplace Opens; Multiple Options for Consumers

Posted on 10/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Local Resources By Hilary Appelman • Anna Cordella has paid thousands of dollars to keep her health insurance coverage since she was laid off in 2012. Her eligibility runs out Dec. 31, but she’s not panicked. The next day, her coverage will begin under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The law, which prohibits insurers from denying coverage or charging higher premiums based on preexisting medical conditions, “is the best thing that ever happened,” said the Norristown resident, who turns 64 this month. …

Help Buying Fresh Produce

Help Buying Fresh Produce

Posted on 06/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Local Resources The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program offers four $5 checks to help pay for fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs at about 190 farmers markets and 800 farm stands statewide. Residents 60 and older (or turning 60 before Dec. 31) qualify for the program if their income does not exceed  about $21,200 for an individual and about $28,700 for a couple. The checks are redeemable at qualified farmers markets and roadside stands. Locations for the distribution of the checks are available from …

AARP Executive Council Prioritizes  2013 Issues For Members In Pennsylvania

AARP Executive Council Prioritizes 2013 Issues For Members In Pennsylvania

Posted on 03/11/2013 by | AARP Pennsylvania | Comments

Local Resources     AARP Pennsylvania’s first Executive Council meeting of 2013 recently took place in Harrisburg, PA under the leadership of State President Jim Palmquist.  The predominately volunteer council will work with the state office to guide strategic priorities and objectives consistent with AARP’s national strategic framework and within AARP’s policies set by the AARP National Board of Directors. Some of the major responsibilities of the Executive Council will be to engage in prioritized activities within the state, involving members, volunteers …

Trained Volunteers Offer Free Help with Filing Federal and Pennsylvania Tax Returns

Trained Volunteers Offer Free Help with Filing Federal and Pennsylvania Tax Returns

Posted on 03/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Local Resources By Hilary Appelman • Judy Owens’ husband always prepared the Chambersburg couple’s tax returns. But when he started getting confused while filling out their returns two years ago, she turned to AARP Foundation Tax-Aide for help. “They took me under their wing,” said Owens, 71. “They are very thorough. They don’t just do your taxes, they check and they recheck, so you know when it goes in, it’s right.” Not having to worry about their taxes is an enormous relief, …

2013 AARP State Legislative Priorities: Issues Import to 50+ Pennsylvanians

2013 AARP State Legislative Priorities: Issues Import to 50+ Pennsylvanians

Posted on 02/11/2013 by | AARP Pennsylvania | Comments

Local Resources 2013 PENNSYLVANIA STATE LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES         AARP has more than 1.8 million members in Pennsylvania and enlists the help of hundreds of volunteers to advocate on issues important to the Commonwealth and its residents. AARP state legislative priorities are consistent with the public policies and priorities established by AARP’s national Board of Directors.  AARP Pennsylvania solicits feedback from members statewide and these priorities reflect that feedback                LONG TERM CARE: HOME AND COMMUNITY BASED SERVICES Protect and expand funding for …