—   AARP Oklahoma hosted a series of tele-forum town halls with our state’s nominees for Oklahoma governor. Kevin Stitt, Drew Edmondson and Chris Powell answered your questions about where they stand on the issues of nursing home reform, the high cost of prescription drugs and supporting our unpaid family caregivers.     QUESTION – Would you support providing a state income tax credit to family caregivers who use their own money to care for an older parent, spouse or other …

— Join us for a series of tele-forum town halls with our state’s nominees for Oklahoma governor. The November elections are just around the corner and you can hear from the candidates directly on where they stand on the issues of nursing home reform, retirement savings, the high cost of prescription drugs and supporting our unpaid family caregivers. Plus, we will be taking your questions during each of these hour-long events so don’t miss out on this opportunity to let your …

— State residents can work with AARP to help keep utility rates affordable and to help convince state officials that energy bills need to be reasonable. In the past year, AARP Oklahoma has intervened in two cases involving the Public Service Company of Oklahoma and Oklahoma Gas and Electric that would have resulted in higher bills for customers. In both cases, AARP prevailed and Oklahoma residents are holding on to more of their money. Following a June settlement on a rate …

— By Sean Voskuhl, AARP State Director How to strengthen and preserve Social Security for future generations is one of the most important decisions facing federal policymakers. This campaign season, questions about Social Security’s fate belong on the forefront. Born in the depths of the Great Depression, Social Security is showing signs of financial distress. Sooner or later, our national leaders will need to step in to secure its long-term future. And whether you’re a potential beneficiary of Social Security or simply …

— AARP members who receive their electricity from OG&E recently took action and received a historic decrease in their rates. Now it’s time for you to do the same. Right now, PSO is trying to keep $428 million dollars of your money. Recently passed tax savings were supposed to be returned to you, but instead PSO wants to keep the savings for themselves. We need your help in asking the corporation commissioners to say No to PSO and make sure the over collected taxes …

— It’s official: OG&E rates are going down. On June 19, officials with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission accepted a settlement agreement reached between OG&E and state regulators for a historic rate decrease. Response from AARP Oklahoma: AARP Oklahoma applauds the Corporation Commissioners for swiftly accepting the settlement agreement negotiated between AARP Oklahoma, the Attorney General’s Office and other parties attached to the agreement. This means OG&E customers will benefit from this reduction in July when people need it the most. “As …

—   AARP Oklahoma applauds today’s announcement of a historic $64 million rate reduction settlement agreement which will result in lower utility bills for OG&E customers beginning in July. AARP OK State Director Sean Voskuhl, Attorney General Mike Hunter, and Brandy Wreath, Director of Public Utilities Division for the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, were present the for announcement. The rate case settlement agreement and the savings from the federal income tax cut, OG&E’s standard residential customers will see an average approximate reduction …

— AARP is asking the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to reduce electric and gas rates by requiring utilities to pass recent tax savings on to consumers. Federal income tax reform enacted in December 2017 lowered the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent. In January, the commission ordered utility companies to keep track of tax savings and submit a plan to reduce their customers’ rates accordingly. Instead of lowering customers’ bills as expected, Oklahoma Gas & Electric (OG&E) has asked …

— It’s time to help solve Oklahoma’s health crisis and allow nurse practitioners to have full practice authority. 22 states and DC are addressing health care shortages by allowing full practice authority for nurse practitioners. It’s time for Oklahoma to join those ranks. HB 1013 allows nurse practitioners to practice to their full training and education. It expands access to healthcare, especially in our underserved rural areas, and enables older Oklahomans to live independently at home. HB 1013 was introduced in the House of Representatives where it …

— AARP Oklahoma is working hard for its members with an aggressive legislative agenda, but we need your help to be successful.  Our legislative priorities are listed below. Get involved today and let your voice be heard! To get involved, call or email Chad Mullen at chmullen@aarp.org or 405-715-4470. CLICK HERE FOR 2018 Legislative Priorities