Saving for retirement for private workforce

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2017-12-05T13:37:15+00:00">December 5, 2017</time> by AARP South Carolina

We have all heard that the savings rate in U.S. is dismal. In fact, the typical working-age household has only $3,000 in retirement assets and retirement age households have only $12,000. Bringing it closer to home – the National Institute on Retirement Security ranks South Carolina 50th worst in 401k savings. Fortunately, we know one of the best ways to help people save is through the workplace. Research shows that individuals are 15 times more likely to save if their …

What are the next steps for consumers?

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-11-30T10:49:38+00:00">November 30, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-12-13T08:43:45+00:00">December 13, 2017</time> by AARP South Carolina

What are the next steps for consumers in the V. C. Summer nuclear abandonment? In late November the House Judiciary committee advanced six bills to the General Assembly’s 2018 calendar. This action culminated after many hours of hearings by the House Utility Ratepayer Protection Committee. The hearings included testimony from AARP South Carolina, officials from SCE&G and Santee Cooper, state agencies, consumers and other advocates. Rep. Peter McCoy, R-Charleston, chairman of the special committee is the sponsor of all six …

Web Resources from Fraud and Scams Tele-town Hall Nov. 14, 2017

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2017-11-10T14:38:02+00:00">November 10, 2017</time> by AARP South Carolina

Thanks for joining the call to learn about identifying frauds and scams. Here is a list of resources mentioned on the call. Just click and you will automatically be connected to the information. AARP If you want to sign up to join the Fraud Watch Network and receive email alerts about the latest scams click here   You can also sign up by calling 1-877-908-3360. AARP and U.S. Postal Inspection Service Team – Operation Protect Veterans  South Carolina Department of Consumer …

AARP, Postal Inspector Team Up to Protect Veterans

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2017-11-09T09:52:57+00:00">November 9, 2017</time> by AARP South Carolina

AARP South Carolina today announced that it is joining forces with the AARP Fraud Watch Network and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service for Operation Protect Veterans — a campaign to warn those who have served in the military about scams and fraud schemes that target veterans. The major educational campaign will reach out to veterans in communities across South Carolina and nationwide. With a new AARP survey showing that veterans are frequently targeted by scam artists and victimized twice as …

Open Enrollment Begins November 1 – December 15

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2017-11-08T08:31:17+00:00">November 8, 2017</time> by AARP South Carolina

The 3 D’s of Open Enrollment DEADLINE: There is a shortened open enrollment period that starts November 1 and ends December 15, 2017. DISCOUNTS: Financial help is still available and even more generous this year. Last year, nine in 10 South Carolinian’s qualified for discounts on the cost of monthly premiums. Eight in 10 South Carolinian’s also received discounts on the cost of accessing care, including doctor visits and prescriptions. DO IT: Every consumer should actively enroll or renew coverage …

AARP SC Intervenes to Support ORS Petition

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-10-17T18:54:19+00:00">October 17, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-10-17T18:54:54+00:00">October 17, 2017</time> by AARP South Carolina

AARP South Carolina Files with SCPSC to Intervene in Petition Filed by ORS ‘Ensure that rate relief is prudent, fair, just and reasonable’ Today, AARP South Carolina filed the necessary paperwork with the South Carolina Public Service Commission to intervene in support of the petition filed by the Office of Regulatory Staff. AARP South Carolina firmly believes that it is imperative that SCE&G be required to “immediately suspend all revised rates collections from customers.” For more than five years, AARP …

AARP South Carolina Testimony – House Utility Ratepayer Protection Committee

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-09-26T01:30:00+00:00">September 26, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-09-26T09:21:17+00:00">September 26, 2017</time> by AARP South Carolina

AARP South Carolina Testimony House Utility Ratepayer Protection Committee September 26, 2017 Coretta D. Bedsole, Associate State Director – Advocacy Chairman McCoy, Vice Chairman Ott and members of the committee, thank you for the opportunity to present comments on behalf of the 617,000 AARP SC members in our state. We appreciate the many steps this committee has taken to address this matter. As you continue your deliberations I respectfully request that you pay careful attention to how SCE&G’s behavior and …

Free Diabetes Self-Management Education Classes in SC

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2017-06-20T15:38:06+00:00">June 20, 2017</time> by AARP South Carolina

(This is the fourth in a series of articles about Free Diabetes Self-Management Education classes in SC) Research indicates that sugary drinks are linked to the development of type 2 diabetes. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends people avoid sugar-sweetened beverages in order to help prevent diabetes. Why? Sugar-sweetened beverages include regular soda, fruit punch, fruit drinks, energy drinks and sports drinks. They are digested quickly and absorbed rapidly into the blood stream. Four ounces of these beverages can raise …

Myrtle Beach: More than a tourist destination

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-06-15T13:19:07+00:00">June 15, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-06-15T13:20:12+00:00">June 15, 2017</time> by AARP South Carolina

  One of the challenges Myrtle Beach faces as a tourist destination that swells from a permanent population of 30,000 to over 450,000 during the summer months is the need to accommodate multi-modal users. The City of Myrtle Beach has been busy at work for the past four years addressing pedestrian and bicycling issues in the city. In 2013 the Planning Commission appointed a Bicycle and Pedestrian Subcommittee to begin creating objectives to be included in a bicycle and pedestrian …

Planned CD5 Candidate Forum Cancelled

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2017-06-08T11:31:18+00:00">June 8, 2017</time> by AARP South Carolina

Today, AARP South Carolina cancelled its previously announced 5th congressional district candidate forum set for Monday, June 12, 2017 at Winthrop University. The live event was to be broadcast live on WRHI radio. Unfortunately, AARP was informed by Ralph Norman’s campaign that he was unable to make the event. According to AARP’s previously-established qualification criteria, only one remaining candidate, Archie Parnell, was eligible for participation. Rather than host a single-candidate forum in contravention of its non-partisan approach to voter education, …