Medicare

— In South Carolina,  we know what a vital program Medicare is. Almost 900,000 people in South Carolina currently rely on Medicare and more than 980,000 50 – 64 year-olds will be eligible for Medicare in the next 15 years. That’s why we’re worried about what’s happening in Washington D.C.  Despite the President’s support for the program, Republican leaders in Congress are pushing ahead with their long-simmering proposal to turn Medicare into a “premium support program.” What that really means is …

— TERESA ARNOLD, AARP SC STATE DIRECTOR ON DENIED REQUEST BY SC PSC FOR A CHARLESTON HEARING IN SCE&G RATE HIKE Yesterday, the South Carolina Public Service Commission denied a request from AARP South Carolina to hold a night time hearing in the Charleston area regarding SCE&G’s latest rate hike request. Instead, Commissioners opted for a Tuesday, October 4 public hearing at their Columbia office. “The PSC basically squashed an opportunity for individuals in the Low Country to voice their opinions …

— SCE&G is asking state regulators to approve another $852 million increase in the projected cost of building two nuclear reactors in Fairfield County, but the company says the potential for any other cost increases is limited. If the state Public Service Commission approves the higher cost, South Carolina Electric & Gas Co.’s 702,000 electric customers would likely face higher rates. SCE&G says their rate increase request “fixes” costs thus limiting future cost increases. Is this really the case? AARP South …

— A South Carolina Senator was honored by AARP recently for his work to support South Carolina family caregivers in 2014. AARP SC State Director Teresa Arnold made the surprise announcement to Senator Thomas Alexander (R-Oconee) during the organization’s legislative breakfast. Senator Alexander is a part of a bipartisan group of 46 state legislators and three governors from 19 states who were recognized. These elected officials have advanced policies to help family caregivers who are making it possible for older Americans …