WV PSC Sets October Public Hearings On Proposed First Energy 17 Percent Rate Hike

Posted on 09/4/2014 by | AARP West Virginia | Comments

Advocacy AARP West Virginia is encouraging West Virginians served by Mon Power and Potomac Edison, First Energy Corp.’s operating electric utility providers in the Mountain State, to attend a series of upcoming public hearings, as the Public Service Commission of West Virginia (WV PSC) considers approval of a proposed 17 percent rate hike that will impact approximately 525,000 customers in 40 West Virginia counties. In April, Mon Power and Potomac Edison filed a request with the WV PSC for a $144 …

Fighting to Restore Money for In-home Care

Posted on 06/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy West Virginia is pressing to expand the Medicaid Aged and Disabled Waiver Program, which helps state residents continue to live at home as they age, rather than moving into a nursing home or assisted living facility. About 9 in 10 older Americans want to stay at home as they age, AARP research shows, and in-home services usually are more cost-effective than institutional care. The program provides in-home services—such as help with bathing—for about 6,000 West Virginians. About an additional 2,000 …

AARP WV Outlines 2014 State Legislative Agenda

Posted on 01/28/2014 by | AARP West Virginia | Comments

Advocacy Caregiving, consumer protections, retirement security among session goals for 50+ West Virginians AARP West Virginia’s legislative agenda for the 2014 West Virginia Legislature is focused on legislative action in the areas of caregiving, retirement security, elder abuse and consumer protections. Prior to the 2014 West Virginia Legislative session, AARP West Virginia commissioned a statewide survey, which gathered opinions from West Virginians 45+ on key issues impacting older residents and their families. AARP West Virginia staff and volunteers are maintaining a …

Safer Roads for All Users

Posted on 07/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy A new West Virginia law strongly supported by AARP aims to improve the safety of and access to roadways for all users, including pedestrians, motorists, bicyclists, those taking public transportation, and people with disabilities. The Complete Streets Act requires all transportation projects receiving federal or state funds to “strive to improve safety, access and mobility for users of all ages and abilities.” The law also requires a 16-member Complete Streets Advisory Board to submit yearly reports starting Dec. 1 on …

Consumer Alert: WV American Water proposed 20% rate hike

Posted on 06/5/2013 by | AARP West Virginia | Comments

Advocacy Raise Your Voice Before They Raise Your Rates AARP West Virginia is encouraging West Virginia American Water (WVAWC) customers to speak out against a proposed 20 percent water rate hike, which will adversely impact an estimated 250,000 West Virginia families. In its December, 2012 rate filing with the West Virginia Public Service Commission (PSC), WVAWC cited increased levels of plant investment, rate of return, operating expenses and lower customer usage as the reasons for implementing $24 million in increased rates …

2013 WV Legislature: AARP is working for you at State Capitol!

Posted on 03/27/2013 by | AARP West Virginia | Comments

Advocacy AARP West Virginia state leaders are pleased with the results of the 2013 West Virginia Legislature, with West Virginians 50+ benefiting from legislative action in the areas of livable communities, caregiving, home and community-based services, and consumer issues.  AARP West Virginia staff and volunteers maintained a very active presence at the State Capitol during the recent 60-day session, working successfully with legislators on the passage of  legislation impacting older West Virginians and their families: Building Livable Communities In The Mountain State:  …