Report: Revamp Data on Medical Costs

Posted on 09/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Vermont is not meeting its legal obligation to inform consumers about variations in medical costs depending on where they seek care, according to a recent report from State Auditor Doug Hoffer (D). The report calls for revamping the state’s health claims database to allow consumers to compare prices online. Launched in 2009, the Vermont Health Care Uniform Reporting and Evaluation System (VHCURES) was created not only to help policymakers improve the state’s health care system, but also to help consumers …

Time to Brush up on Your Driving Skills?

Posted on 05/23/2014 by | AARP Vermont | Comments

Health & Wellbeing The AARP Smart Driver® Program, a classroom driver refresher course, is offered regularly throughout Vermont.   Program content addresses the changes that occur in vision, hearing, and reaction time as we age and provides useful driving safety tips for handling these changes.  The course also reviews how changes in vehicles and roadways affect driving safety featuring new research-based content and information regarding Vermont motor vehicle laws.  Updated content includes discussion of health and mental acuity as well as approaches to limit the need to …

Walk and Roll to Schools with Neighborhood Kids!

Posted on 04/21/2014 by | AARP Vermont | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Start your day with a brisk walk to school along with a group of local school children as part of the second annual Vermont Intergenerational Walk and Roll to School Day on May 7, 2014. Last year nearly 50 elementary schools across the state took part in the event by holding a walk/bike to school event in their community and connecting kids with older residents.   “This event really took off last year and we are hoping to build on it …

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

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 …