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

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

Health & Wellbeing   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, …

AARP Establishes Fund for Heating Assistance

AARP Establishes Fund for Heating Assistance

Posted on 01/23/2014 by | AARP Vermont | Comments

Health & Wellbeing AARP Foundation announced Wednesday that it has established a relief fund to support older adults suffering from the severe cold weather that has gripped much of the nation. AARP and its members are committed to helping those in need; so to support these emergency relief efforts AARP and AARP Foundation will match dollar-for-dollar contributions up to $250,000, which could mean up to $500,000 in aid. The matching program will be administered through AARP Foundation, and a full 100 percent of funds …

Open Enrollment Deadline Rapidly Approaching

Posted on 01/14/2014 by | AARP Vermont | Comments

Health & Wellbeing  March 31 is the open enrollment deadline for individuals and families to enroll in health insurance coverage for 2014 through Vermont Health Connect, Vermont’s health insurance Exchange.   The March 31 deadline applies only to coverage through the private insurance plans in Vermont Health Connect.  Enrollment in Medicaid and Dr. Dynasaur can happen any time.   VHAP and Catamount Health end March 31.  Enrollment must be done by March 15 for coverage effective April 1.   Financial help paying premiums …

State Improves Investigations of Elder Abuse

State Improves Investigations of Elder Abuse

Posted on 12/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing AARP applauds the settlement of a lawsuit against the state of Vermont to reduce a backlog of investigations into allegations of elder abuse, neglect and exploitation. The state’s Adult Protective Services (APS) program is now required to begin an investigation within 48 hours of receiving a report, provide protective services during investigations and review all cases every three months. These benchmarks took effect in September. When Vermont Legal Aid and Disability Rights Vermont filed the suit in 2011, APS had …

New Choices for Health Insurance

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

Health & Wellbeing Vermonters seeking affordable health insurance may find answers this month, as open enrollment began Oct. 1 through Vermont Health Connect. The health insurance marketplace can help individuals, families and small businesses compare the costs and benefits of different plans. People who sign up by Dec. 15 will have coverage beginning Jan. 1. Every plan offered covers checkups, emergency care, mental health services and prescription drugs—and cannot deny coverage or charge extra for a preexisting condition. “There are about 11,000 uninsured …

Vermont Driver Safety Website Launched

Posted on 09/10/2013 by | AARP Vermont | Comments

Health & Wellbeing A Resource Center for VT Drivers Volunteers in AARP’s Vermont Driver Safety Program have launched a new website aimed at proving information and resources to help keep drivers safe on Vermont roadways. The site is maintained by volunteers who are dedicated to helping drivers refresh their knowledge of their vehicles, the roads, driving regulations and their skills as drivers. Safety on Vermont roadways is the primary concern. Click here to check it out! Drive safe, drive smart!