Public Hearing Set for KCPL Rate Hike Request

Posted on 03/20/2015 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

Advocacy | Events | Money & Work       In January 2015, Kansas City Power & Light (KCP &L) filed a rate increase request with the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) to increase rates by 12.5%. For an average residential customer, this increase, if approved, would result in an additional $11.67 on their electricity bill each month. The KCC is holding a public hearing on the rate increase on May 18 in the Kansas City area, and AARP Kansas encourages KCPL customers to weigh in on how the increase …

AARP Kansas Honors Wichita Mayor for Age-Friendly Work

Posted on 03/19/2015 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

About AARP | AGE-FRIENDLY | Community                                                                                                                         AARP AARP Kansas Director Maren Turner presented an award to Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer in recognition of his support and work to make Wichita an age-friendly community where  residents of all ages can live and have access to the services they need. The ceremony took place on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, just prior to the Wichita City Council meeting. Under the Mayor’s direction, the City of Wichita joined AARP’s Network of Age-Friendly Cities in March, 2013, and made a …

What You Should Know About Westar Energy’s Proposed Rate Increase Request

Posted on 03/13/2015 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

Advocacy | Community | Home & Family | Money & Work     On Monday, March 2, 2015, Westar Energy filed for a $152 million rate increase with the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC). If the increase is granted by the KCC, Westar estimates its residential customers would pay 7.9% more, or about $13 extra each month on their electric bills. Westar attributes the need for higher prices to the cost of retrofitting the La Cygne coal-fired plant to comply with environmental regulations, improvements to the Wolf Creek Nuclear Generating Station to …

Governor Proclaims March Caregiving Month in Kansas

Posted on 03/5/2015 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

Advocacy | Caregiving   Results of Kansas Caregiving Survey Released   The month of March is Kansas Caregiving Month in honor of the state’s more than 605,000 caregivers. Governor Sam Brownback signed a proclamation recognizing the contributions of caregivers in the Sunflower State and urging Kansans to learn more about the struggles faced by caregivers as well as the benefits they provide to their loved ones.   “If you are not currently a caregiver, you either have been one, or chances are very …

Greater Role for Nurses Sought in Legislature

Posted on 03/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing AARP Kansas is backing legislation that could improve access to health care across the state. The measure would allow advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) to practice in Kansas without having a written agreement with a physician. APRNs have postgraduate degrees and advanced training. The legislation would require them to hold national certification in a particular area of practice and to carry malpractice insurance. In some cases, they would be allowed to sign documents that currently require a doctor’s signature. Kansas …

We Hope You’ll Join Our Team

Posted on 02/24/2015 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

Advocacy | Caregiving By Maren Turner, AARP Kansas Director Passage of the CARE Act (House Bill 2058) into law is important for more than 605,000 caregivers in Kansas. But, how can we best communicate the message to lawmakers? One way is to talk to them, face to face, at a moment’s notice, while they are working in Topeka. We are so fortunate at AARP to have a core of volunteers who live in the capital city area who are just as willing as …