Dear Sun Spots: Upon reading a couple of weeks ago in your column that AARP offered health insurance to Mainers now, I decided to look into it as I have become unemployed myself. I was told that I needed to be a member so I paid the $12.50 and became a member. Upon calling to inquire about what they had to offer for insurance I was told they do not offer anything for insurance in the state of Maine except for a supplement for Medicare. I called four different phone numbers and they all told me the same thing.

I also called Nancy Kelleher in Augusta and was told she was not available at the present time to talk. I told the representative why I had called and she said she would bring this to her management’s attention. She also looked it up and could not find where the state of Maine had their health insurance. I feel like I have been ripped off by AARP and wonder how many others have been. Thank you. – Another Turner reader.

Answer: The information printed in the Jan. 17 Sun Spots column was unfortunately incorrect from the AARP. We reported that Nancy Kelleher of AARP said the organization now offers insurance for people ages 50 to 64 in Maine, but she did not have specific details, as it was a new program. Several readers contacted AARP for more information to no avail. Sun Spots spoke with Nancy Kelleher again, who noted that the information was incorrect; she received the wrong information that was passed on to the readers. AARP does not offer this insurance in Maine at this time.

Dear Sun Spots: The Senior Companion Program is looking for volunteers to help make the day brighter for homebound and isolated elderly. Companions spend 15 to 20 hours a week visiting and being a friend. Companions receive a tax-free stipend, mileage reimbursement and other benefits. If you are 60 years of age and meet the income guidelines you may be eligible to become a senior companion. The program is sponsored by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. Companions are needed in the Lewiston-Auburn, South Paris and Rumford areas. Please call Anna Saar at 1-800-287-1482 for more information. Thank you for caring. – Anna, No Town.


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