Patti Shea

Grew up in Los Angeles. Learned the lessons in Washington DC. Living the good life in Florida. Family caregiver extraordinaire. <-- Jimmy Buffet fan.
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The state-sanctioned monopoly Florida Power & Light (FPL) is asking the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC, the state’s regulatory board) for permission to jack up its power rates at the expense of Y-O-U, one of AARP’s 1.6 million members who will be hit by this increase, if approved. Now is your chance to raise your voice by contacting the PSC.
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The pandemic has pushed millions of older adults into isolation, which has heightened thoughts of suicide for this already stressed population that consists of veterans, unpaid family caregivers and front-line workers.
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Florida electric utilities’ storm protection plans will speed electricity restoration minimally, for very few customers, with dramatic rate increases for all. the plans are about utility profits, not storm protection. You still have time to take action!
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Most Floridians who say they’re likely to vote in this fall’s elections say they feel secure using a mail-in ballot, according to an AARP Florida/Florida Politics poll released today.
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Florida is no stranger to hurricane and scam artists. Natural disasters often bring an influx of con artists ready to take advantage of suffering and confusion.
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AARP Florida has 2.7 million members and 3,000+ volunteers.  We offer news and information, research and events that matter to you.
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Join the Coalition for Silver Solutions — AARP Florida, Florida Health Care Association, Leading Age Florida and 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East — for a summit focusing on the challenges the state faces for meeting the high-quality, long-term healthcare needs of older Floridians. We are seeking family caregiver input on potential solutions. Come and make your voice heard!
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Please share this information with any friends and family in the Sunshine State!
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Florida lawmakers adopted a slew of healthcare bills that will help Florida consumers save on prescription drugs and gain easier access to their doctors. For ratepayers who get their electrical power from investor-owned utilities (FPL, Duke, TECO, Gulf Power, FPUC), lawmakers ignored calls from consumer groups, AARP Florida included, and pushed through legislation that will increase consumers’ monthly bills. We breakdown the top issues AARP Florida tracked.
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AARP Florida issued the following statement Tuesday following the Florida Public Service Commission vote to approve a rate increase for Gulf Power to recoup the cost of Hurricane Michael damage to electrical power systems.
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