AARP Voter Study: Vermonters Shouldn’t Pay for VGS Pipeline and Ratepayers Deserve Better Representation

Posted on 07/24/2015 by | AARP Vermont | Comments

About AARP | Advocacy | Community | Home & Family Most Vermonters feel that ratepayers should not bear the costs of a gas pipeline nor be subject to higher rates to fund Vermont Gas System’s (VGS) Adison Natural Gas Project, according to a recent survey by AARP Vermont of registered voters across the state. Furthermore, most of those surveyed said they would be more likely to support a candidate who committed to ensuring that regulators advocated for affordable residential utility rates. Most felt they needed better representation from regulators at …

AARP Statement on 2015 Medicare Trustees Report

Posted on 07/23/2015 by | AARP Vermont | Comments

About AARP | Advocacy AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins offered the following statement in reaction to the 2015 Medicare Trustees report released today: “The latest Medicare Trustees report demonstrates yet again the ongoing financial challenges facing Medicare, along with the overall high cost of health care. By 2020, 64 million Americans are expected to be enrolled in Medicare. It is imperative that we reduce wasteful spending throughout our health care system. “AARP believes we can reduce costs and find significant savings in Medicare using …

Fraud Prevention: Can We Present to Your Group?

Posted on 07/20/2015 by | AARP Vermont | Comments

About AARP | Advocacy | Community | Events | Fraud Every 2 seconds someone’s identity is stolen!! Vermont consumers are losing thousands of dollars every week to various kinds of consumer fraud. People over 50 are especially vulnerable and account for more than half of all victims. Whether it’s bogus investment deals, the Grandparent Scam, e-mail ploys, lottery scams, or the newest ID Theft scheme – sophisticated con-artists are busy at work coming up with new ways to get you to hand over your hard-earned money. It’s important to keep …

A Day on the Lake—Aug. 23

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

Community | Events If you’ve ever gazed out on the sparkling waters of Lake Champlain and wished you could be out there on a summer day, now is your chance. On Sunday, Aug. 23, AARP Vermont is hosting its fourth annual Day on the Lake at the Community Sailing Center on the Burlington waterfront. Take your pick: a guided harbor tour on a 23-foot keelboat, an hour-long paddleboard lesson or a self-guided tour in a kayak or canoe. All events are free and …

Doug Masson Named Northeast Volunteer of the Year

Posted on 06/26/2015 by | AARP Vermont | Comments

About AARP | Community | Driver Safety | Volunteering Congratulations go out to Doug Masson of Cambridge who was recently recognized as Volunteer of the Year for the Northeast region of the AARP Driver Safety Program. Doug is well deserving of the award and is an example of the kind of volunteer who routinely goes above and beyond — for both his students and in supporting the statewide program. Dave Peters, former state coordinator for Vermont shared the following upon nominating Doug for this recognition: “Doug serves as a …

As Debit Card Theft Hits 20-Year High, How Safe Is Your ATM?

Posted on 06/25/2015 by | AARP Vermont | Comments

About AARP | Advocacy | Fraud | Money & Work While breach-fatigued retailers work to reduce the theft of their customers’ plastic-payment data, scammers have turned their focus to stealing card details at the ATM. During the first four months of 2015, stealing debit card info at automated teller machines hit a 20-year high, reports credit score firm FICO, which also monitors roughly two-thirds of America’s debit cards. Compared with the same period in 2014, skimming attacks increased threefold at ATMs not located at banks and 174 percent at on-branch …