Ongoing Health Insurance Contract Status Becomes Public

Posted on 04/1/2015 by | AARP Virgin Islands | Comments

Advocacy | Community | Health & Wellbeing VI Government employees and retirees can breathe a little easier now, thanks to Senator Nereida Rivera-O’Reilly’s commitment to fulfilling a promise she made to the St. Croix Government Retirees, Inc. Bill 31-0016, an Act to require simultaneous submissions of a copy of the government’s proposed health insurance contract be sent to the Governor and the Legislature upon completion of the GESC’s negotiations, streamlines the process to obtain adequate funding and keeps the public aware of the contract’s status. The Bill, …

Electric Rates: Price Relief on the Way

Posted on 04/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Work Virgin Islanders pay as much as five times the average U.S. rate for electricity, but the price is on its way down, providing relief for people on fixed incomes. Some older residents have been using candles at night to save on energy costs. The territory traditionally has relied on imported crude oil to generate electricity. Recent moves to develop alternative energy sources have brought down the price, however, and consumer advocates expect the trend to continue. AARP Virgin Islands is …

Technology Made Easy

Posted on 03/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family Keeping in touch nowadays increasingly requires the use of a computer, and as AARP is proving, it doesn’t have to be complicated. AARP Virgin Islands recently worked with Rotary Club of St. Thomas-Sunrise to provide AARP RealPad tablets to students with special needs at SeaView Adolescent Center on St. Thomas. Wi-Fi enabled and preloaded with apps, the RealPad is designed to be easy to use for anyone new to computer technology. AARP also plans to work with the V.I. Department …

VI High School Students Help Seniors Become Digitally Literate

Posted on 02/27/2015 by | AARP Virgin Islands | Comments

Community | Home & Family | Local Resources AARP Virgin Islands is generally known for multi-tasking and our recently launched AARP VI Digital Coach Program is no exception. This new program comes under AARP national’s broader program entitled Mentor Up. AARP VI Digital Coach Program, developed as a senior digital learning experience in the Virgin Islands, was launched earlier this year at the St. Croix Agricultural and Food Fair. Seniors who participated in Ag Fair were able to talk directly to the student teachers and 56 seniors immediately …

Retirees Bring Forth Solution to Health Insurance Quagmire

Posted on 02/27/2015 by | AARP Virgin Islands | Comments

Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing Retirees from the St. Croix Government Retirees, Inc. (SCGR), which includes AARP members on St. Croix, are diligently working to support Senator Nereida Rivera-O’Reilly’s Bill Number 31-0016 which will resolve a long-standing political and funding issue related to the VI Government’s negotiations to purchase employee and retiree health insurance coverage. The Government Employees Service Commission (GESC) traditionally works with insurance companies to develop a health plan at a cost the government can afford. The process of approving the plan has …

St. Croix, Virgin Islands Resident Graduates from AARP’s Volunteer Leadership Institute

Posted on 02/23/2015 by | AARP Virgin Islands | Comments

Community | Press Washington, DC – On February 20, 2015, Vera M. Falu of St. Croix, Virgin Islands participated in the graduation ceremony for the AARP’s Volunteer Leadership Institute or VLI. She was joined by 32 other exceptional volunteers from all across the country. Richard Harwood, founder and president of the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, was a guest speaker. VLI is a rigorous and innovative training opportunity launched by AARP in December 2012 to mobilize highly skilled and motivated AARP volunteers to …