WAPA Management Seeks OK from Board on Plan to Reduce LEAC

Posted on 01/14/2015 by | AARP Virgin Islands | Comments

Money & Work At an emergency meeting with its Board of Directors, VI Water and Power Authority (WAPA) Executive Director Hugo Hodge, introduced a plan to take advantage of the dropping cost of propane and other fuels. The plan requested permission to re-institute its former “Hedge Program” with a few modifications. Hodge justified the request saying that “Taking advantage in the drop of propane prices will give ratepayers significant cost savings.” Traditional hedge programs allow a utility to take advantage of price drops …

Fraud Watch: Protect Yourself From Scams

Posted on 01/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Work AARP is encouraging Virgin Islanders to protect themselves from scams by joining the AARP Fraud Watch Network. The online resource offers insights on how con artists think and helps people figure out what to do if they have been victimized. According to the FBI, scammers often target older people because they are more likely to have nest eggs to exploit, tend to listen politely, may be ashamed to report they have been duped and may have cognitive disabilities that make …

Fraud Watch – It’s Everybody’s Business

Posted on 12/30/2014 by | AARP Virgin Islands | Comments

Money & Work Español AARP VI feels that no one should ever be the victim of a fraud or scam. But to make sure that the right people are aware of what is going on in our community, we need the assistance, eyes and ears of all AARP members. If you get an unusual phone call, for instance, where the caller asks you to immediately pay them money over the phone or face some unusual sort of risk; the AARP Fraud Watch Network …

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

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

Money & Work 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

Money & Work 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 …

New Health Care Plan Being Proposed

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

Money & Work In recent comments, the VI Legislature’s Health Committee Chair referenced an alternative single payer health insurance option for uninsured persons in the Virgin Islands. The single payer option was generated by a group of concerned citizens in response to the VI not having a health care exchange.  Their proposal, if passed by the Legislature, could mean health coverage for visits to doctors, clinics and hospitals for many people who have not had this opportunity. The 24-page draft bill, (the Virgin …