Financing In-home Care

Posted on 04/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Caregiving | Home & Family About 9 out of 10 Americans age 50-plus want to remain in their homes as they age, according to AARP research. To help more New Jerseyans achieve that goal, the state has removed a barrier that previously kept many elderly and disabled people from qualifying for Medicaid coverage of in-home services such as help with bathing or preparing meals. In the past, state residents needing long-term care could spend down their savings to become eligible for Medicaid in a nursing …

After 3 ½ Year Campaign, NJ Orders JCP&L Rate Cut  

Posted on 03/18/2015 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

Advocacy AARP is pleased that the result of today’s actions by the NJ Board of Public Utilities will be a reduction in base utility rates for JCP&L’s more than 1 million customers.  Prior to today’s decision, JCP&L’s rates had not been fully reviewed for almost a decade.  And while we are disappointed that rates are not being lowered more, a rate cut is certainly better than a rate increase. This decision vindicates the efforts of AARP and others, led by the …

Have you ever been charged for “out of network” services at your “in-network” hospital?

Posted on 03/6/2015 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

Health & Wellbeing A surprise party on your birthday is great. A surprise visit from your grandchild is joyous. But a surprise medical bill? There’s nothing happy about that. If you have ever received treatment at a hospital and were then billed for services during your hospital stay that are “out of network”, that can be quite a surprise. Not to mention a huge hit to your wallet! We want to hear from people just like you who have experienced this. Patients should …

Teaming Up to Take on Scammers

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

Advocacy | Finances 50+ | Home & Family By Christina Hernandez Sherwood Last fall, someone called Ravindra Kumar’s home in Kendall Park claiming to represent the Internal Revenue Service. The caller said the IRS had a case against Kumar and needed his attorney’s name. Kumar, a retired accountant, told the caller to send the complaint in writing. Three months passed with no letter. But then Kumar, 84, got another call. At that point, he knew it was a scam. “I’m not that kind of person,” Kumar said. “I’m …

Trabajando en equipo para combatir las estafas

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

Español | Finances 50+ | Money & Work | Volunteering Por Christina Hernandez Sherwood En el pasado otoño, alguien llamó a la casa de Ravindra Kumar en Kendall Park y le dijo que representaba al Internal Revenue Service (IRS, Servicio de Impuestos Internos). La persona que llamaba dijo que el IRS tenía un caso contra Kumar y necesitaba el nombre de su abogado. Kumar, contador jubilado, le pidió que le enviara el reclamo por escrito. Pasaron tres meses sin que llegara ninguna carta,  pero luego Kumar, de 84 años, recibió …

Will JCP&L customers’ 3 year saga soon come to an end?

Posted on 02/27/2015 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

Advocacy It’s been a long road to get where we are now. Over the past 3 years+, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities has been provided with substantial evidence from the Division of Rate Counsel that JCP&L has been earning more than it is legally allowed, all on the backs of its customers. Thousands of AARP members have spoken out via phone, mail, electronic mail, and social media, pleading for the BPU to act. And a NJ administrative law judge …