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 …

Single Payer Program for the VI

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 …

AARP VI Members save on prescriptions in the VI

AARP Virgin Islands Residents Saved $1,597,091 on Prescription Drugs in 2013 Under the Affordable Care Act

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

Money & Work CHRISTIANSTED, VI —The numbers are in, and they are impressive – Virgin Islands residents on Medicare saved $1,597,091 on their prescription drugs in 2013, thanks to the closing of the “donut hole” for prescriptions under the Affordable Care Act – or an average discount per beneficiary of $844.00. Nationally, 7.9 million people who are on Medicare have saved over $9.927 billion on prescription drugs under the Affordable Care Act and its provision closing the “donut hole,” the gap in Medicare …

GRUFF Group Wins Demand of Return of Funds

GRUFF Takes Its Demands to the VI Legislature and WINS!

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

Money & Work Government Retirees United For Fairness (GRUFF) took the opportunity Monday evening to have one of its key issues heard before the VI Legislature where it received unanimous* approval for the return of the 8 percent removed from their retroactive checks. GRUFF, made up of retirees who were unsatisfied with how the government had handled a retroactive salary payment, began holding meetings last fall at Addelita Cancryn Junior High School. During their meetings they discussed several GERS-related issues, decided to hire …

Remodel for Mobility and Save on Taxes, Too

Remodel for Mobility and Save on Taxes, Too

Posted on 03/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Work Virgin Islanders can get a tax break for improvements that make their homes more “visitable”—meaning more accessible to people with disabilities. A law backed by AARP offers a 20 percent reduction in property taxes for 10 years to homeowners who remodel their houses to accommodate people with mobility issues. To qualify, a home must have a no-rise entrance, a front door at least 36 inches wide and a wheelchair-accessible bathroom on the first floor. To apply, call the Division of Building …

SCGR Advocates for GERS Solvency

Posted on 02/26/2014 by | AARP Virgin Islands | Comments

Money & Work Over the years, AARP VI has worked to educate VI Government retirees about the Government Employees’ Retirement System’s (GERS) condition. That work involved trying to motivate retirees to advocate that the VI government take immediate steps to help the system remain solvent. To AARP’s great satisfaction, two groups have recently formed – one on St. Thomas known as Government Retirees United For Fairness (GRUFF) and one on St. Croix known as the St. Croix Government Retirees (SCGR).  Both are offering …