Utility rate cases coming to Wyoming for 2014

Posted on 07/14/2014 by | AARP Wyoming | Comments

Advocacy Summertime means fun in the sun, but it also can mean high utility cost when the temperature hits those high 90s into the 100s and air conditioners start working overtime. There is the potential that consumers could see those bills go up in the fall as multiple utility companies have filed with the Wyoming Public Service Commission for rate increases. Those increases range from 1 to 2 percent up to 12 percent. And the companies include Cheyenne Light Fuel and …

Continuing Efforts to Cover the Uninsured

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

Advocacy AARP Wyoming is continuing to push for Medicaid expansion to cover about 17,600 low-wage workers whose employers do not offer health insurance. Lawmakers considered several such bills during the 2014 session, but the only related measure they sent to Gov. Matt Mead (R) was a budget amendment calling for state officials to explore expansion options. A 2012 report from the Wyoming Department of Health said Medicaid expansion could save the state more than $47 million over six years. AARP Wyoming …

Opposing Electric Rate Hike in Laramie County

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

Advocacy Cheyenne Light, Fuel & Power has asked the Wyoming Public Service Commission (PSC) to approve a 12 percent rate increase for residential electricity customers in Laramie County. The utility wants to use the money to pay for a power plant currently under construction. AARP Wyoming opposes the increase. “It’s hard enough for people on fixed incomes to cope with the rising costs of prescription drugs and housing,” said Tim Summers, AARP state director. “A rate hike could put them in …

Efforts to Expand Medicaid Coverage

Posted on 01/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy Wyoming is one of 25 states that have not expanded their Medicaid programs. AARP is encouraging members in those states to urge legislators to support expansion, which could provide health care for many of the working poor, as well as people who have lost their jobs and employer-sponsored coverage. Legal residents younger than 65 with income up to $15,856 per individual or $21,404 per couple would be eligible for coverage in an expanded Medicaid program. At those income levels, people earn …

TIps on Getting Insurance Via the Exchange

Posted on 10/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy Americans who are uninsured or want to change health plans can buy a policy through insurance exchanges set up under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Enrollment through the online marketplaces began Oct. 1 and runs through March 31. Coverage begins Jan. 1 for people who sign up by Dec. 15. All plans sold in the exchanges must cover basic health care such as doctor visits, hospital stays and prescription drugs. They can’t charge a copayment for preventive care such as …

AARP Wyoming volunteers visit Capitol Hill

Posted on 06/12/2013 by | AARP Wyoming | Comments

Advocacy AARP volunteers and staff from Wyoming visited Capitol Hill on June 12 to express opposition to the President’s proposed Social Security benefit cut known as Chained CPI and to support responsible solutions to strengthen Medicare for residents of Wyoming.  Meeting with Sen. John Barrasso, Sen. Mike Enzi, Rep. Cynthia Lummis and their staff, AARP volunteers urged our representatives to have a separate debate on Social Security and to back specific proposals that would strengthen Medicare and the health care system …