Secure Choice is a critical option for workers trying to save for retirement in New Jersey

Posted on 06/24/2015 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

Advocacy People are 15x more likely to save for retirement if they can do so at work   Right now, the NJ Legislature is working NJ Secure Choice Savings Program Act, which would help the more than 1.7 million working New Jerseyans who don’t have access to a retirement savings plan at work. Secure Choice makes it easier to save so everyone can live the life they want after they retire. It’s all about choice and control. It makes it easier …

Protect Consumers from Unexpected Out-of Network Costs

Posted on 06/17/2015 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

Advocacy Health insurance increasingly relies on limiting subscribers to networks to control costs. Most consumers, of course,  make great efforts to use only doctors and hospitals that are in network;  insurance companies make clear that in-network services will cost much less in out-of-pocket costs than out-of-network services – often the difference runs to thousands of dollars. However, in many cases, consumers are unaware that a provider is not in network. For example, the anesthesiologist aiding their surgeon may not be in …

NJ caregivers, have YOU requested your CARE Act wallet card?

Posted on 06/11/2015 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

Caregiving | Home & Family More than 3,000 CARE ACT CARDS have flown out of our doors so far. DO YOU HAVE YOURS?   Send your mailing address to us at aarpnj@aarp.org and we will drop yours in the mail TODAY! The CARE Act means a whole new set of rights are due to you as family caregiver for a loved one in the hospital. This wallet card will help make sure you know what those rights are. REQUEST YOUR CARD TODAY! Email us aarpnj@aarp.org to get …

The NJ BPU has failed those whose job it is to protect

Posted on 06/10/2015 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

Advocacy The letter below was written by an AARP New Jersey volunteer.    AARP stands firmly opposed to the recent decision by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) to allow Verizon to deregulate landline services for New Jersey consumers. This decision flies in the face of public interest. Belonging to a single-income family and having friends in small underserved communities, the deal will most likely impact public affordability and safety, due to higher costs, lower quality for phone service, …

Surprise: Utility Rate Decrease

Posted on 06/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Home & Family About 1.1 million utility customers in the Garden State are getting a pleasant surprise: a rate decrease. Some may have been bracing for higher bills, as Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) sought to recover costs of rebuilding infrastructure destroyed by storms. But after testimony by AARP members and other consumer advocates, the Board of Public Utilities found that JCP&L had been overcharging customers and ordered the utility to reduce rates by $115 million annually, more than offsetting the utility’s …

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 …