Health-Insurance Negotiation More Transparent

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

Advocacy | Community | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Money & Work Every year, lawmakers in the U.S. Virgin Islands negotiate a contract to provide health insurance for government workers and retirees. Never easy, the task used to be more difficult because details of the plan were kept largely under wraps until late in the process. That resulted in deadline pressures and rumors about cost and coverage. Earlier this year, the nonprofit St. Croix Government Retirees Inc.—trained in advocacy by AARP—successfully pressed for a new law that streamlines the process and makes …

Estudiantes de escuela secundaria de las Islas Vírgenes ayudan a personas mayores de edad a usar la nueva tecnología

Posted on 04/22/2015 by | AARP Virgin Islands | Comments

Español English AARP Islas Vírgenes en general constantemente trabaja en multitudes de programas a la vez y nuestro programa de entrenamiento que se lanzó recientemente “AARP Islas Vírgenes Entrenador Digital” no es una excepción. Este nuevo programa está bajo el programa más amplio de AARP nacional titulado Mentor Up. El programa AARP Islas Vírgenes Entrenador Digital, desarrollado como una experiencia de aprendizaje digital para personas mayores en las Islas Vírgenes, se puso en marcha a principios de este año en la …

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 Español 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 …