Storage is a Key Piece to Make Renewable Energy Work in the V.I.

Posted on 08/22/2014 by | AARP Virgin Islands | Comments

Advocacy In recent newspaper editorials there have been references to the contribution of energy storage to the energy portfolio of the U.S. Virgin Islands. I support this discussion. Energy storage enables the USVI to become almost entirely independent of fossil fuels by2025. It is important to understand that there are different types and scales of energy storage and we need two major types of energy storage to maximize penetration of non-baseload renewable energy resources – such as wind and solar – …

St. Thomas Retirees Advocate for Return of Inappropriately Withheld Retirement Contribution

Posted on 05/9/2014 by | AARP Virgin Islands | Comments

Advocacy Español Government of the Virgin Islands retirees, also known on the island of St. Thomas as Government Retirees United for Fairness (GRUFF) saw their advocacy work pay off on March 17, 2014 when Governor John DeJongh signed Act 7585 into law. The retirees had organized themselves late in 2013 to develop a strategy to advocate for the return of a retirement contribution incorrectly withheld from a retroactive salary payment. In February 2014 the St. Thomas based group hired an attorney …

Single-Payer Health Care System?

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

Advocacy Lacking a health insurance marketplace, the U.S. Virgin Islands is considering a legislative proposal to create a single-payer health care system. Nearly 30 percent of Virgin Islanders are uninsured, putting local hospitals under financial strain and leading many individuals to forgo preventive care. The proposal calls for creating a $400 million VI HealthCare program to cover all residents. Proponents say it could be financed with a 5 percent retail sales tax, a 5 percent employee income tax and a 10 …

AARP VI Contributed to Launch of HIE

Posted on 03/26/2014 by | AARP Virgin Islands | Comments

Advocacy Español After four years of territory-wide cooperation, the VI Department of Health has finished its organizational work and launched a Health Information Exchange (HIE) Network that will enable all health providers in the Virgin Islands to rapidly and securely share medical records electronically. “Four years ago,” stated Denyce Singleton, AARP VI State Director, “AARP VI was appointed by Governor John De Jongh to the HIE Steering Team. We have since occupied one of the pivotal seats at the HIE organizational …

AARP VI Continues to Push for ‘Visitability Program’ Implementation

Posted on 03/24/2014 by | AARP Virgin Islands | Comments

Advocacy Español The wait is over! Virgin Islands homeowners can NOW participate in the program that AARP and its Visitability Coalition partners worked so hard to make available. In 2011 the Visitability Coalition was thrilled when Governor John P. DeJongh signed Act 7320, the Virgin Islands Visitable Design and Incentive Act, which opened the door to making homes structurally designed or refitted to accommodate persons in wheelchairs. But, passing the legislation was only phase one of the battle. Phase two involved …

VI Seniors May Soon be Able to Drive at Night Again

Posted on 03/7/2014 by | AARP Virgin Islands | Comments

Advocacy In a Legislative hearing held on March 4, 2014 Senators and concerned government agency heads debated the pros and cons of moving an additional 2 percent of money collected from territorial property taxes to help fund street lighting. The additional 2 percent will bring the total amount dedicated to pay for street lighting up to 6 percent or an estimated $6.3 million for 2014. The Water and Power Authority (WAPA), which provides the lighting, estimates the actual cost of annual …