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 …

Help Available to Buy Local Produce

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

Uncategorized In a state where nearly 1 in 7 people age 60-plus do not consistently have enough to eat, AARP is promoting a state program that helps some older Pennsylvanians buy fresh fruits and vegetables. The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program provides up to $20 in vouchers to help eligible people buy locally grown produce at about 190 farmers markets and 800 roadside stands across the state. Individuals who will be 60 or older by Dec. 31 are eligible if their …

Fight Back Against Scammers

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

Fraud By Cristina Rouvalis The retired bank executive was elated when he got a call announcing he’d won a sweepstakes contest. All he had to do was pay $40 to process his winnings. The man sent in the money, but then he got another call asking him to cough up a few hundred dollars more for tax withholding. The man paused. Was this legit? So he called his friend, Tony Ludovico, a retired attorney who lives in Mifflinburg. “It’s a scam. …