Passidomo, Diamond Receive AARP Florida Legislative Achievement Award

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2017-12-07T13:55:40+00:00">December 7, 2017</time> by AARP Florida

TALLAHASSEE — In recognition of their work during the 2017 Florida Legislative Session in protecting Florida’s most vulnerable residents, state Sen. Kathleen Passidomo (R – Naples) and state Rep. Ben Diamond (D – St. Petersburg) were presented with the AARP Florida Legislative Achievement Award The legislators authored Senate Bill 172 and House Bill 399, which ensures that additional safeguards are implemented to protect vulnerable adults in Florida’s guardianship process. Gov. Rick Scott signed the legislation into law on May 9, …

2017 Notched Floridians Utilities Victories; In 2018, AARP Florida Will Make Utilities an Election Issue

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-11-30T15:09:51+00:00">November 30, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-11-30T20:08:09+00:00">November 30, 2017</time> by <div class="region-dropdown aarpe-accordion"> <header><span>5 States</span></header> <section><div class="region-list"><span class="region"><a href="https://states.aarp.org/region/florida/">Florida</a></span></div></section> </div>

Fellow Floridians – This year was a busy one for us when it came to utilities advocacy. We had some hard-fought battles – some we won, some we lost. Here’s a recap of our 2017 utilities activities: We successfully lobbied against SB 1238/HB 1043, which would have allowed investor-owned utilities (Florida Power & Light, Duke Energy, TECO & Gulf Power) to charge ratepayers millions in advance fees to frack for natural gas out of state. For Florida consumers who get …

Now’s the time to get ready for 2018 hurricane season

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-11-13T17:48:46+00:00">November 13, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-11-14T10:55:04+00:00">November 14, 2017</time> by <div class="region-dropdown aarpe-accordion"> <header><span>5 States</span></header> <section><div class="region-list"><span class="region"><a href="https://states.aarp.org/region/florida/">Florida</a></span></div></section> </div>

Whew! The worst of the 2017 hurricane season is past us. That’s the good news. But the 2018 season is coming up. The off-season period – from the end of November to June 1 – is the best time to prepare your home for a hurricane. You have time to get ready, and supplies and equipment are less costly than when the demand is higher. So what exactly should you do?: Create your team. Identify those close to you (neighbor, …

AARP Florida: Consumers May Finally See the Tide Turning on Utility Advanced-Cost Recovery in Florida

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-10-25T11:46:55+00:00">October 25, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-10-25T12:36:20+00:00">October 25, 2017</time> by <div class="region-dropdown aarpe-accordion"> <header><span>5 States</span></header> <section><div class="region-list"><span class="region"><a href="https://states.aarp.org/region/florida/">Florida</a></span></div></section> </div>

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. — AARP Florida State Director Jeff Johnson issued the following statement commending Duke Energy Florida for stepping back from the consumer-unfriendly practice of utility advanced-cost recovery as part of a settlement agreement now under consideration by the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC). “Today the Florida Public Service Commission took up a proposed settlement agreement for Duke Energy Florida that, on the whole, shows potential for Florida consumers,” Johnson said. “It’s high time that utility companies began to step …

AARP Florida urges Constitutional Revision Commission to Place Ban on Utility Advance Cost Recovery before Florida Voters

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-10-12T09:30:00+00:00">October 12, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-10-12T11:31:10+00:00">October 12, 2017</time> by <div class="region-dropdown aarpe-accordion"> <header><span>5 States</span></header> <section><div class="region-list"><span class="region"><a href="https://states.aarp.org/region/florida/">Florida</a></span></div></section> </div>

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 CONTACT:  Dave Bruns, 850.577.5161 dbruns@aarp.org Tallahassee, Fla. — AARP Florida, with 2.8 million members in the Sunshine State, has asked the Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) to place a proposed constitutional ban on utility-company advance cost recovery initiatives before Florida voters in the 2018 election. Once every 20 years, the CRC is allowed to place proposed constitutional amendments on the statewide ballot for voters’ consideration. Now, AARP is calling upon Floridians to join the …

Tallahassee Slow Roll Boomer Bike Ride

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-10-10T11:33:11+00:00">October 10, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-10-10T11:34:50+00:00">October 10, 2017</time> by AARP Florida

Join AARP Tallahassee and the Tallahassee-Leon County Planning Department for the Slow Roll Boomer Bike Ride through downtown Tallahassee. The ride begins at Anita Favors Thompson Plaza traveling through the west side of Cascades Park up Franklin Street to the Smokey Hollow Memorial, the loops around the east Cascade with a stop at the Florida prime meridian marker (and county map of Florida) back to Thompson Plaza. Event information: When: Saturday, Oct. 28 @ 9:30 am Registration: The even is …

For Florida’s Nursing Homes, We Need a Diagnosis and Cure

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-09-19T15:25:25+00:00">September 19, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-09-19T18:19:14+00:00">September 19, 2017</time> by AARP Florida

By Jeff Johnson (This op-ed originally appeared in the Sept. 16 issue of the Sun Sentinel) Still struggling with Irma’s aftermath, Floridians were stunned by news Wednesday that eight frail elders died from heat-related causes after a Hollywood, Fla., nursing home lost its air conditioning.  A hospital with functioning air conditioning was across the street. A criminal investigation is now under way into the deaths at the Rehabilitation Center of Hollywood Hills, but initial reports seem to indicate that miscommunication …

Hurricane Recovery: Do Not Sign Over ‘Assignment of Benefits’

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-09-12T09:25:00+00:00">September 12, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-09-27T08:17:13+00:00">September 27, 2017</time> by <div class="region-dropdown aarpe-accordion"> <header><span>5 States</span></header> <section><div class="region-list"><span class="region"><a href="https://states.aarp.org/region/florida/">Florida</a></span></div></section> </div>

UPDATED: Sept. 12, 2017 (Original post Sept. 15, 2016) TALLAHASSEE – Homeowners beware! Unscrupulous contractors are conning residents into surrendering their home insurance policy claim rights and benefits. In the wake of Hurricane Irma, these instances are sure to grow. Here’s how it works: 1) You get a contractor to agree to repair your home damage. 2) The dishonest contractor convinces you to transfer an Assignment of Benefit agreement in the contractor’s name. 3) The contractor then uses this to …

AARP Florida State Director Receives Top Honor in Field of Aging at Florida Council on Aging 2017 Annual Conference

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2017-08-29T16:22:17+00:00">August 29, 2017</time> by <div class="region-dropdown aarpe-accordion"> <header><span>5 States</span></header> <section><div class="region-list"><span class="region"><a href="https://states.aarp.org/region/florida/">Florida</a></span></div></section> </div>

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017 CONTACT:   Dave Bruns, 850.228.2759 dbruns@aarp.org ST PETERSBURG, Fla. – AARP Florida State Director Jeff Johnson today received a top honor from Florida’s largest aging-service organization, the Florida Council on Aging, at the council’s annual conference in Orlando. Johnson received the Dr. Carter Osterbind Outstanding FCOA Member award, named for a founder and former president of FCOA.  The award recognizes a Florida Council on Aging member whose actions reflect a high level of personal …

New Scam Targets 50-plus Floridians with Fake ‘AARP’ Electronic Medical-Alert Gimmick

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-07-28T13:36:33+00:00">July 28, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-07-28T14:36:19+00:00">July 28, 2017</time> by <div class="region-dropdown aarpe-accordion"> <header><span>5 States</span></header> <section><div class="region-list"><span class="region"><a href="https://states.aarp.org/region/florida/">Florida</a></span></div></section> </div>

A Florida AARP member has alerted the association to a new scam, in which a door-to-door sales representative pretending to be from AARP visited a Sunshine State manufactured-home park selling an electronic “medical alert system.” “AARP does not send salespeople to your door to sell electronic medical-alert systems or anything else,” said Jeff Johnson, AARP Florida state director. “If you encounter this scam artist, slam the door in his face. It’s a rip-off.” This week, AARP received an email from …