Caring for Mom is a Big Job. I Could Use a Little Help.

Posted on 07/1/2015 by | AARP Pennsylvania | Comments

Caregiving     What the CARE Act Means for Caregivers   Being a family caregiver is more than a “9 to 5” responsibility – you are there for the discomfort at 4 a.m. and the pain that doesn’t get a break on the weekend. You work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, always with your loved one in mind. This may last a few weeks or a few months, but it is a burden of love that 2.7 million Pennsylvanians …

AARP Applauds State House Approval of CARE Act

Posted on 07/1/2015 by | AARP Pennsylvania | Comments

About AARP | Advocacy | Caregiving AARP Applauds State House Approval of CARE Act AARP Pennsylvania praised members of the state House of Representatives for last night approving the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act that will help residents caring for an aging parent or loved one at home. “Most seniors who receive assistance at home rely exclusively on unpaid family caregivers for help,” said AARP Pennsylvania State Director Bill Johnston-Walsh. “The CARE Act will provide much-needed support to the more than 2.7 million Pennsylvanians currently …

Medicaid at 50 Covers More Pre-Medicare Residents

Posted on 07/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Caregiving | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family By Hilary Appelman Sonya Kasper lives primarily on the Social Security payments she has received since her husband died seven years ago—a little more than $1,000 a month. Until recently, she spent more than $300 each month on health insurance. After Kasper moved last fall from Michigan to Reiffton, outside Reading, she learned she qualified for the state’s newly expanded Medicaid program and would no longer have to pay for health insurance coverage. “It’s such a relief,” said Kasper, 64, …

House Committee Approval of CARE Act Praised by AARP Pennsylvania

Posted on 06/24/2015 by | AARP Pennsylvania | Comments

Advocacy | Caregiving House Committee Approval of CARE Act Praised by AARP Pennsylvania AARP Pennsylvania applauded members of the House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee for today unanimously approving the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act that will help 2.7 million state residents currently caring for an aging parent or loved one at home. Sponsored by Rep. Hal English (R-30), HB 1329 recognizes the critical role family caregivers play in keeping loved ones out of costly institutions and will reduce the likelihood …

Proposals to Increase Monthly Fixed Charges on Electricity Bills Discourage Conservation and Unfairly Penalize Low Income Consumers

Posted on 06/19/2015 by | AARP Pennsylvania | Comments

Advocacy Recent proposals by Pennsylvania’s two largest electric companies to substantially boost fixed monthly charges for consumers would hurt low-usage and low-income customers the most, many of whom are living on fixed incomes and are struggling to pay for food, rent, medicine, and utility bills. At hearings before the Public Utility Commission in Harrisburg, Allentown and Philadelphia this month, AARP volunteers told a PUC judge that proposals by PPL and PECO to significantly increase their fixed monthly customer charges are unfair …

Your Local AARP Office

Posted on 06/15/2015 by | AARP Pennsylvania | Comments

About AARP   Established in 1987, the Pennsylvania State Office of AARP is located in downtown Harrisburg, with an additional office in Philadelphia. Serving 1.8 members in the state, AARP Pennsylvania is working to enhance the quality of life for all Pennsylvanians as they age.     AARP Pennsylvania 30 North 3rd Street Suite 750 Harrisburg , PA 17101 Phone: 1-866-389-5654 (toll-free) Fax: 1-717-236-4078 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Friday   One Liberty Place 1650 Market Street, Suite 675 Philadelphia, PA 19103 …