Marketplace Open Enrollment Deadline 3-31

Posted on 03/13/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Local Resources Just a reminder that open enrollment for health coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplace ends on Monday, March 31.  If you don’t have health coverage, you can sign up through the end of this month and avoid a penalty. Plus, financial help paying for premiums and co-pays may be available to you.  Check out AARP’s web tool to learn more about the health care law and where you can go for help. After March 31 you can get new private …

Donations Help Ease Home Heating Burdens

Posted on 03/13/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Local Resources With temperatures dipping below zero for weeks at a time, could this Wisconsin winter have been any worse? The answer, unfortunately, is “yes” – especially for thousands of older Wisconsinites who not only suffered through horrendously cold weather, but were pummeled with rising home heating costs during one of the coldest winters on record. No one can change the weather. But we can offer a little help to those on limited or fixed incomes who struggled to make ends meet …

Winter Heating Assistance Available

Posted on 01/20/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Local Resources As the temperature drops and heating costs rise in Wisconsin, chances are you or someone you know may be eligible for assistance. The Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP) helps approximately 225,000 eligible households pay a portion of their home heating and electric costs annually. The amount of the energy assistance benefit varies depending on a variety of factors, including the household’s size, income, and energy costs.   Who’s Eligible: While eligibility is dependent on a number of factors, households with income at or …

Local AARP Speakers Available To Talk About ACA, Social Security & Medicare

Posted on 09/23/2013 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Local Resources AARP Wisconsin volunteer speakers are ready, willing and eager to give free presentations to community groups across the state about provisions of the Affordable Care Act that impact seniors and their families. There is a lot to learn about the health care law, how it impacts Medicare, as well as new coverage options in Wisconsin. In addition to the health care law, volunteers are also available to present on commonsense solutions that Congress could consider to make Medicare and Social Security …

Books Passed on Through Wisconsin’s Little Free Libraries

Posted on 03/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Local Resources More than 500 free neighborhood book exchange shelters have sprung up in Wisconsin front yards in the three years since the Little Free Library project began. Participants build, decorate and install small structures that make books easily accessible and inviting, while sheltered from the weather. Neighbors can take a book to read or leave one for the next person. The effort, which began in 2009, has received a two-year $70,000 grant from the AARP Foundation to find ways for the project …

Don’t Leave FoodShare Cash on the Table

Posted on 02/26/2013 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Local Resources Would you walk away from $20 or more, month after month after month? Probably not, yet two-thirds of eligible Wisconsin seniors do just that by not claiming their FoodShare benefits. FoodShare is Wisconsin’s version of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). It aims to stop hunger and improve health by providing eligible low-income individuals and families with monthly benefits used to purchase nutritious food. For those living on a fixed income, this not only helps put more food on the …