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 …

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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 …

New Law Allows More People to Access Hospice Care

New Law Allows More People to Access Hospice Care

Posted on 06/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy A new law will allow more people to access end-of-life inpatient hospice care. Beginning July 1, the room-and-board expenses of low-income Wyoming residents cared for at hospice inpatient facilities will be paid by Medicaid. The law will give terminally ill people the option of spending their last days in hospice care rather than in a hospital or nursing home. Hospice provides around-the-clock medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support. AARP strongly supported the law to provide support for those in …

Utility Consumer Advocate Office Extended 10 Years

Utility Consumer Advocate Office Extended 10 Years

Posted on 05/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy The state Office of Consumer Advocate, which represents consumers in utility issues, was scheduled to shut down July 1 because of existing law that establishes a cutoff for the agency. In a move backed by AARP, lawmakers voted to extend the operation of the office. The agency represents consumers before the Wyoming Public Service Commission on utility issues such as requests to raise rates and approval of new construction projects. The Office of Consumer Advocate’s mission statement includes being “dedicated …