— Español After four years of territory-wide cooperation, the VI Department of Health has finished its organizational work and launched a Health Information Exchange (HIE) Network that will enable all health providers in the Virgin Islands to rapidly and securely share medical records electronically. “Four years ago,” stated Denyce Singleton, AARP VI State Director, “AARP VI was appointed by Governor John De Jongh to the HIE Steering Team. We have since occupied one of the pivotal seats at the HIE organizational …

—   Ever feel you woke up on a totally different planet where everything works contrary to what you know to be right? After years of hearing about the precarious financial state of the Government Employees Retirement System (GERS), it was shocking to read in the media that one of our elected representatives tucked a very costly amendment onto a bill this week. The Bill, 30-0112, was intended to simply clarify an issue related to retirees returning to government service on …

—   As the Affordable Care Act (ACA) rolls out across the US, the Virgin Islands will also be making significant changes to its health care delivery system as a result of the legislation. Ending months of public speculation, Governor John P. DeJongh announced in July that the VI would expand the VI Medicaid Program instead of participating in a health care insurance exchange. The decision came as a direct result of almost 2 years of in-depth study by his Health …

VI Water and Power Story

—   It appears that the Virgin Islands are well on the way to achieving Governor John P. deJongh’s January 2011th goal of making the VI 60% less dependent upon fossil fuel by 2025 in addition to  reducing our skyrocketing cost of energy. Virgin Islanders currently pay one of the highest energy cost under the United States flag. This high cost is caused largely by two factors: the cost of the fuel used to generate electricity and water and the efficiency of …

— Wednesday, June 26th Virgin Islands Delegate to Congress, Donna M. Christensen, (D) VI, attended an Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee meeting of the U.S. House of Representatives where Medicare benefit redesign was being discussed. This redesign specifically involved a proposal to combine Medicare Parts A and B.  At the end of the presentations the Delegate requested that the AARP position be submitted into the record. The letter on AARP’s position was a copy of one previously sent to the Ways …

—   One of AARP Virgin Islands most recent advocacy projects involves helping community opinion leaders and local legislators to appreciate the importance of adopting the national Uniform Law Commission’s Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act, also known as UAGPPJA. In a nutshell, the legislation would establish three very basic legal premises that would be recognized by all other states who also adopted the UAGPPJA. First, it would determine which court has jurisdiction over a guardianship case. Next it …

—          AARP Virgin Islands  is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  4093 Diamond Ruby, Ste 6 Christiansted, VI 00820 About AARP Virgin Islands has about 20,000 members in the VI – that’s 20% of the VI population! AARP is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all generations through positive social change. Mission AARP is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all as we age. We lead positive social …

— Few retirees of the VI Government Employees’ Retirement System (GERS) were aware of the multitude of changes proposed in Bill 29-0099 submitted to the Legislature for consideration back in August.  However, toady many concerned current employees and retirees are now trying to learn more about what can be done to help the system achieve solvency. GERS is one of the critical components of the Virgin Islands economy. On a monthly basis, GERS pumps $18,734,236 into the economy. Without these annuity …