North Carolina

Sometimes Family Caregivers Need a Break

Posted on 06/9/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsEvery day for eight years, my Pop provided hands-on care for my mom, who faced a number of physical challenges.  At age 90, Pop was still helping Mom out of bed into her wheelchair, bathing and dressing her, making the meals, and doing the dishes, laundry and anything else that needed to be done. A few times a week, Pop would get out of the house for a trip to the grocery store and a few staples like bread, milk …

26 States With a Big Health Coverage Gap

Posted on 10/4/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsThis week, Health Insurance Marketplaces opened in states across the country.  It’s true: Many more Americans will now have access to affordable health care.  But, other hard-working people, who live in states that have not yet committed to expanding Medicaid, will fall into a new coverage gap. That’s right: In the 26 states that have not accepted federal funding to expand Medicaid, adults who earn up to $15,000 a year will not qualify for any type of subsidy through the …

Meet the Women Fighting a Voter ID Law

Posted on 08/28/2013 by |Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayThe U.S. Justice Department has filed suit against the voter ID law in Texas, but two older African American women are behind separate legal challenges to new voter ID requirements in North Carolina. The state has one of the nation’s most wide-ranging voter ID laws and the first to pass since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the Voting Rights Act. In North Carolina state court, Alberta Currie, 78, claims she’s no longer able to vote, as she …

Are You a Papadaddy?

Posted on 06/13/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentClyde Edgerton is a funny guy. Funny ha-ha, not funny weird: His first two comic novels — Raney (1985) and Walking Across Egypt (1987) — are those rare works of literature that make you genuinely LOL. So when I learned that Edgerton has just published a parenting guide, of all things, I expected to get a few laughs. What I could not have anticipated was that his Papadaddy’s Book for New Fathers: Advice to Dads of All Ages would make me …

Taxes on Social Security, Prescription Drugs, Food?

Posted on 06/7/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsTax reform proposals are bubbling up in a number of states across the country as elected officials look for ways to stimulate the state’s economy or revamp outdated tax codes. Sometimes, however, a key element gets lost in the debate: what’s fair. Right now, in North Carolina, state leaders are working on a variety of proposals that would force North Carolinians to pay new taxes on the things they count on most, including the basics of everyday living. One Senate …

3 Questions When Utility Companies Try to Raise Your Rates

Posted on 05/31/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsAcross the country, a number of gas and electric companies are looking to increase their customers’ bills. The cost of everything is going up, but sometimes utilities ask for too much. Here are 3 questions you should ask the next time your utility company tries to raise your rates: 1) When rates go up, will quality improve? Is the utility being held accountable for providing reliable service? 2) What impact do raised rates have on the company’s profit? Is the …