— By Sarah Hollander Soon after Mary Relotto moved her 90-year-old mother into her Columbus home last fall, she realized she would need help. While family members can perform nursing tasks for a loved one at home, state regulations restrict the tasks that hired caregivers can provide. Home health aides can assume many tasks, but nurses must perform others, including the administration of medications. Relotto, a 52-year-old business consultant, said she wanted more flexible options. “If I’m the responsible party, then …

— AARP Ohio Applauds House Decision to End First Energy Nuclear Hearings The Ohio House Public Utilities Committee suspended further hearings for a proposed bill which would have allowed First Energy and other utility companies to charge customers a special subsidy designed to offset costs associated with upgrading their outdated nuclear plants.   “On behalf of the 1.5 million AARP members across Ohio, and their families I want to extend my thanks to the Ohio House committee and members for recognizing …

— They are at it again. After their last attempt at a bailout was shut down by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), FirstEnergy is attempting yet another bailout worth $4 billion   could cost consumers an added $10 to $15 every month. “AARP Ohio is against First Energy’s $4.5 billion dollar bailout. Hard working Ohioans should not have to subsidize a company that operates in the free market,” said Trey Addison, Associate State Director for AARP Ohio. “Our goal is …

— Ohioans overwhelmingly oppose the agreements under consideration by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) that would guarantee profits for older American Electric Power (AEP) and FirstEnergy power plants, according to two independent opinion polls. AARP Ohio and the Alliance for Energy Choice jointly released the opinion polling data to alert state policymakers that that they will hear from angry Ohioans if the PUCO approves charges costing households and businesses an estimated $6 billion over eight years. Earlier this week, …

— With hearings resuming this week in Columbus, AARP is urging the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to reject a proposed settlement with FirstEnergy that would grant the electric company an unprecedented $3.1 billion bailout. “The proposed settlement is a bad deal for consumers,” says Trey Addison of AARP Ohio. “It would add $10.50 per month to residential electric bills, every month, for the next eight years.” AARP points out the proposed rate hike would subsidize FirstEnergy’s deregulated merchant power plants …

— It isn’t bad enough that two million Ohioans who receive Social Security checks have been denied a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for the year ahead after being told the higher prices they are paying for food and medicine don’t count as inflation. Now they might have to endure a hike in their electric bills, too, just in time for colder weather and the holidays. A settlement proposed by the staff of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) and …

— AARP Ohio opposed the subsidy proposed by American Electric Power, and this morning issued the following statement from Bill Sundermeyer, who leads government affairs work for AARP Ohio: “While we disagree with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) that it has jurisdiction to allow the proposed American Electric Power (AEP) surcharge to bail out an aging coal plant, Wednesday’s order saves ratepayers $116 million by appropriately rejecting AEP’s request. We hope the Commission rejects the pending and similar FirstEnergy …