While the General Session of the Utah State Legislature may have ended in March, there are many issues that AARP continues to work on here in Utah with our members, community partners and others throughout the state.
AARP Utah staff and volunteers played a large part in the Utahns for Ethical Government effort to gather enough signatures to place an ethics initiative on the ballot in the general election in 2012. But there are still some legal issues to overcome to insure that the initiative will be on the ballot. Keep up-to-date on this issue.
As part of U-Share, a Utah coalition of business, community, and provider organizations and individuals that support reform of the health care system, AARP Utah is working to insure that the Utah’s health care reform efforts will be consistent with federal law, all sufficient input from organizations and consumers, and will seek to end discriminatory insurance practices. This includes efforts to make sure insurance rate increases are reasonable and justified. AARP Utah and its coalition partners will continue to work to make sure Utahns are receiving the necessary information and assistance with the implementation of the federal law and with any changes at the state level as well.
AARP Utah was instrumental in creating a low-income program for Questar gas customers in Utah that was recently approved by the Utah Public Service Commission and as of August 1 is now available to Utah consumers.
In October, don’t forget to visit AARP Utah’s Website, www.aarp.org/ut, to get an AARP Utah voter guide. There will be information on all of Utah’s congressional races as well as any races for open seats in the state legislature. The guides will let you know where these candidates stand on issues such as health care, livable communities’ issues, and the other topics that AARP advocates for both within Utah and nationally.
AARP Utah will also participate in the annual meeting of the I’m Home National Networking Retreat October 20-21 in Salt Lake City to discuss how to protect and expand mobile home ownership rights, as well as help residents preserve mobile home parks that are sold or subject to rezoning laws. I’m Home is a manufactured housing initiative of the CFED (Corporation for Enterprise Development) a national non-profit organization dedicated to low-income economic security. I’m Home coordinates national policy coalitions on manufactured housing issues and provides technical assistance to non-profit partners to help keep manufactured homes a viable, affordable housing option.
If you would like more information on how our issues or on how to become an advocacy volunteer for AARP Utah, please contact Laura Polacheck.