“ Observation Status” and Vermonters: Learn How to Protect Yourself!

Posted on 04/8/2014 by | AARP Vermont | Comments

Advocacy    Seniors, families and friends, and professionals are invited to learn how to navigate this complicated Medicare provision when faced with a hospital short stay. “Observation status” is a Medicare designation for a hospital stay that patients experience as inpatients receiving care, but that Medicare considers outpatient. Increasingly, many Vermonters, like seniors across the country, have already suffered financial hardship particularly with rehab and nursing home bills when they transfer from the hospital from a short stay because Medicare will …

Don’t be the Next Victim!

Posted on 04/3/2014 by | AARP Vermont | Comments

Advocacy Every day another older Vermonter is ripped off by a telephone, Internet or mail scam. Aggressive scam artists are targeting seniors across the country to the tune of billions! Find out how you can recognize a con, protect yourself and avoid becoming the next victim. You’re invited to a free, informational presentation about the latest scams and how to prevent a loss.   Join us for expert presentations from AARP and the Vermont Attorney General’s office. White River Junction:  Monday, …

Law Aims to Protect Consumers in Utility Cases

Law Aims to Protect Consumers in Utility Cases

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy A new law aims to ensure the interests of residential, low-income and small-business customers are considered in rate cases and other utility proceedings before the state Public Service Board.  The law requires the Public Service Department, an agency in the state executive branch, to focus more acutely on the interests of underrepresented groups when advocating on consumers’ behalf before the regulatory board. AARP helped draft the law and urged lawmakers to pass it.  “Large utilities and businesses have the resources …

Heath Care at a Crossroads — What is Vermont’s Path Forward

Posted on 02/19/2014 by | AARP Vermont | Comments

Advocacy Health Care at a Crossroads Where is health care going in the US and Vermont? How will it affect those over 50? Can we afford reform? What about Medicare? Can Vermont be a laboratory for real reform?  Health care is clearly at a crossroads in our nation and here in Vermont. As the Affordable Care Act unfolds, Vermont is looking ahead at ways to change how we pay for health care and how to reduce costs. Join us as we …

AARP Community Action Grants Awarded in Newport

AARP Community Action Grants Awarded in Newport

Posted on 02/17/2014 by | AARP Vermont | Comments

Advocacy Four small organizations with big plans have been selected to receive Community Action Grants from AARP Vermont supporting their efforts to make Newport a more “Age-Friendly” city.  In partnering with AARP Vermont, Newport has committed to embrace the changing demographics of an aging population by focusing on safe, walkable streets, better housing and transportation options, access to key services and community engagement opportunities for all ages.  These Community Action Grants support that direction by funding small, grassroots organizations that are …

Capital Outlook — Legislative Update From AARP VT – Feb. 2014

Posted on 02/12/2014 by | AARP Vermont | Comments

Advocacy   A number of important issues ranging from health care to financial security are being debated this legislative session, learn more about AARP-VT’s efforts in the legislature to improve the quality of life for the 50+ population across the state.  To find ways to get involved and take action please contact us!   Better Protection for Residential Consumers in Utility Rate Cases (S.25): Governor Shumlin signed a new law that requires the Vermont Department of Public Service to give more consideration to residential, …