— AARP Oklahoma announced today its support of Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter’s motions to lower utility rates as a result of federal corporate tax reductions taking effect in 2018. Due to recent changes in tax law, utilities in Oklahoma will have their tax payments reduced collectively by $100 million a year, including a reduction of $52 million for OG&E and $24 million for PSO. “AARP Oklahoma supports Attorney General Hunter’s efforts to ensure the tax reductions generated by recent corporate …

— AARP Oklahoma urges Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) customers and Oklahoma Corporation Commission to reject PSO’s $170 million utility rate hike proposal. If approved by Corporation Commissioners, Dana Murphy, Bob Anthony, and Todd Hiett, PSO’s customer bills will increase $14 a month or $168 per year. “PSO is seeking another exorbitant rate increase, and, once again, as party to the case, AARP Oklahoma will continue to fight on behalf of residential customers. Last time they asked for a rate …

— Social Security is one of our nation’s most important programs, and ensuring Americans get the benefits they have earned is critical not only for 400,000 AARP Oklahoma members and their families, but all Americans. 24% of Oklahoma Social Security recipients depend on Social Security for 90% or more of their income. 49% of Oklahoma Social Security recipients depend on Social Security for 50% or more of their income. AARP continues to fight to strengthen Social Security and ensure that current …

— More than 545,000 Oklahomans could see their electric bills increase an average of $14 a month if regulators approve a $156 million rate hike proposed by the Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO). The utility said it needs to recover more than $625 million already spent on infrastructure and equipment, including about 530,000 smart meters. PSO’s last increase was finalized less than a year ago. AARP Oklahoma encourages consumers to speak out against the new proposal by calling 844-248-8225. The …

— Congressional leaders’ new budget is full of harmful cuts that would hurt older Americans. Medicaid would be slashed and seniors could lose access to food assistance programs. Perhaps worst of all, it would cut almost $500 billion from Medicare and open the door to turning it into a voucher program. It’s simply not right that Washington wants to put at risk the earned benefits that seniors rely on to survive. We need to tell them that it’s unacceptable to cut …

— Empire District electric is asking the Corporation Commission to increase customer utility rates by $42 per month in the next four years!  How will they do that?  By phasing in higher rates, a bit at a time. The trick is, Empire will charge you for the full rate amount they didn’t get in the first two years and make you pay it in year four, plus interest.  This amounts to $42 more per month on the average customer’s bill.  That’s $500 …

— HB 1913 would create a new predatory loan, similar to a payday or signature loan, with an annual percentage rate of 204% and AARP Oklahoma is opposed to the proposed predatory loan. AARP Oklahoma believes in protecting the financial security and independence of all as we age, but these kinds of loans create nothing but a debt trap.  Payday lenders use high-cost loans to target seniors on fixed incomes and working Oklahomans.  Multiple people in a single household can take this loan, …

— Corporation Commission Rejects OG&E’s Request for Demand Charge, Doubling of Customer Charge – Corporation Commission Orders OG&E To Pay Customer Refunds AARP Oklahoma vigorously opposed OG&E’s $92.5 million utility rate hike proposal, you said #No2OGE and the Corporation Commission listened! The Corporation Commission rejected OG&E’s request for a rate hike that would double the monthly OG&E customer charge from $13 to almost $27 and a costly residential demand charge. “We are elated that commissioners rejected the outrageous residential demand charge …

— Thank you for participating in today’s tele-town hall with AARP OK State Director Sean Voskuhl and special guest Toni Pratt-Reid, president of the Association of Oklahoma Nurse Practitioners. NOW YOU CAN TAKE ACTION AND TELL YOUR SENATOR TO VOTE YES ON HOUSE BILL 1013 House Bill 1013 gives nurse practitioners more authority to heal. HB1013 increases Oklahomans’ access to health care, take steps toward addressing the shortage of primary health care providers, and supports the 524,000 caregivers in our state. AARP …

— AARP Oklahoma is hosting a tele-town hall on Tuesday, March 21 at 10am CST. The tele-town hall will focus on House Bill 1013 which gives nurse practitioners more authority to heal. HB1013 increases Oklahomans’ access to health care, take steps toward addressing the shortage of primary health care providers, and supports the 524,000 caregivers in our state. AARP OK supports granting nurse practitioners the freedom to practice to the full extent of their education and training and 87 percent of Oklahomans …