Today’s basic phone service deregulation decision by the BPU ignores public interest

Posted on 05/19/2015 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

Advocacy A statement from AARP New Jersey State President Dave Mollen The decision this morning by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to almost totally deregulate basic telephone services for New Jersey consumers does not serve the interests of the public. It only serves the interests of the telecommunications utility companies, predominantly, Verizon. To add insult to injury to the public, the BPU utterly failed to seek or accept public testimony and stakeholder input in the decision-making process. This is …

Secure Choice means a secure retirement for many

Posted on 05/18/2015 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

Finances 50+ Millions of Americans, and residents across the Garden State, rest their retirement hopes and dreams on Social Security, employment-based savings plans, personal financial assets, and health insurance. Unfortunately, these pillars are eroding. The winds and sands of political strife and the fallout of the financial crisis have contributed to the erosion of defined pension plans and personal financial assets. As a matter of fact, more than 50% of private sector workers in the Garden State lack an employer-sponsored retirement plan …

Message to the Board of Public Utilities: “No back-room deals for Verizon!”

Posted on 05/14/2015 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

Advocacy AARP recently hosted a tele-press conference to alert the public about a recently revealed backroom deal struck between the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) staff and Verizon New Jersey to deregulate basic landline telephone service and which could harm consumers. The deal, if approved by the BPU Commissioners, will significantly increase rates and eliminate service quality oversight according to the coalition under the moniker “Don’t Hang up on New Jersey.” Participating on the call were Evelyn Liebman, AARP …

Bipartisanship help for caregivers is a win-win for all

Posted on 05/8/2015 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

Advocacy | Caregiving | Health & Wellbeing Contrary to popular cynicism, public policy making is not all rank partisanship. The CARE Act was signed into law by Governor Christie in November and becomes effective on May 12. The lead sponsors were Assembly Speaker Prieto and Senator Vitale. The bill garnered almost unanimous bipartisan support. This was made possible due to months of negotiation and between sponsors, supporters and many stakeholders such as the New Jersey Hospital Association. The law enables a patient to identify a caregiver when …

Forum Explores How CARE Act Could Help You

Posted on 05/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Caregiving | Health & Wellbeing The Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act takes effect this month in the Garden State, and AARP New Jersey is planning a forum May 20 in North Bergen to inform family caregivers how the new law may affect them. The act allows hospital patients to designate a family caregiver and requires hospitals to notify the caregiver before the patient is moved or discharged. In addition, the hospital will show caregivers how to perform tasks needed at home, such as managing …

New Law Gives Support to Family Caregivers

Posted on 05/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Caregiving | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family By Christina Hernandez Sherwood Susan Zebrowski has been her mother’s primary caregiver since the older woman received a diagnosis of bone marrow cancer more than two years ago. Along with household duties, Zebrowski sees to her mother’s needs by giving her medications, taking her to doctor visits and monitoring her condition. Zebrowski, 59, of Mansfield Township, has had to figure out much of this on her own. When her mother, Matilda Albert, 85, was discharged after hospital stays, care instructions …