17 Percent Rate Hike Pending for Electric Users

Posted on 11/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family American Electric Power—which operates Appalachian Power and Wheeling Power—has asked the Public Service Commission (PSC) of West Virginia to approve a $226 million rate hike to improve infrastructure and recover from storm damage. The rate hike could raise monthly bills by 17 percent on average for about 477,000 customers in 24 counties. AARP opposes the increase. About 42 percent of West Virginians age 45-plus use only electricity to heat their homes, and 58 percent are very or extremely concerned about …

WV PSC Sets Public Hearings On Proposed AEP 17 Percent Rate Hike

Posted on 10/31/2014 by | AARP West Virginia | Comments

Home & Family AARP West Virginia is encouraging West Virginians served by Appalachian Power and Wheeling Power, American Electric Power’s (AEP) 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 476,000 customers in 23 West Virginia counties. Earlier this year, AEP filed a request with the WV PSC for a $226 million increase …

Answers to Your Questions

Posted on 07/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family Many Americans face new worries as they age, such as how to pay for the medications they need or whether they can continue to live independently. West Virginians may find answers to such questions at wvseniorcare.com. The website lists medical equipment suppliers, pharmacies, hospitals, independent living and assisted living communities, nursing homes and hospice facilities. Users can search by ZIP code to find services close to home. West Virginia’s population is aging faster than the national average. Residents age 60-plus …

Fighting to Restore Money for In-home Care

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

Home & Family 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 …

Crackdown on Financial Abuse

Posted on 05/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family A new state law will strengthen penalties for financial exploitation of vulnerable adults. AARP West Virginia pushed for the law, which will take effect June 8. It will make it a felony to swindle $1,000 or more from anyone who is 65 or older, incapacitated or under a court-issued protective order. It will prohibit guardians, conservators, trustees and people with power of attorney from using their position as a defense against financial abuse. The annual loss nationwide for victims of …

Free Organizer Available for Alzheimer’s Caregivers

Posted on 12/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family In response to the challenges Alzheimer’s disease presents for patients and their caregivers, the Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute has published “Connect to Care.” The notebook aims to help caregivers manage medical appointments, medications, insurance billing and other details. AARP West Virginia is helping to distribute free copies. An estimated 44,000 West Virginians had the disease in 2010, a number expected to increase by nearly 14 percent by 2025. The state has one of the oldest populations in the country as …