AARP Arkansas

Michael Rowett


Michael is Associate State Director-Communications for AARP Arkansas. He may be reached directly at or 501-217-1625.

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Social Security benefit verification letters still available at field offices

Posted on 07/18/2014 by | AARP Arkansas | Comments

Social Security benefit verification letters will still be available at U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) field offices. The SSA reversed course thanks to advocacy from AARP and others. Benefit verification letters serve as proof of income for many purposes, including applying for a loan or mortgage. The letters can serve as proof of retirement or disability status, or Medicare health insurance coverage. They are also needed to apply for many benefits at the state and local level. Late last year, the …

AARP builds County Advocacy Contacts network to enhance our voice on key issues

Posted on 07/15/2014 by | AARP Arkansas | Comments

AARP has initiated an effort to build a strong network of county-level advocacy contacts across Arkansas, and momentum continues toward a goal of comprehensive state coverage. AARP Arkansas’ County Advocacy Contacts, or CACs, are designed to help the voices of Arkansans 50 plus to be heard on important issues like Social Security, Medicare, caregiving and Arkansas’ Private Option for affordable health insurance. The recruiting effort for CACs got off to a great start at the May 13-14 advocacy briefing in Little Rock. Herb Sanderson, AARP Arkansas Associate State Director for Advocacy, …

Volunteers needed to help staff AARP booth at Aug. 25 anti-fraud forum

Posted on 07/15/2014 by | AARP Arkansas | Comments

The next Arkansans Fighting Fraud event will be held Monday, August 25,2014, in Jonesboro, and volunteers are needed to help staff the AARP Arkansas booth. Arkansans Fighting Fraud events are sponsored by AARP Arkansas and six state agency partners. As part of the events, AARP Arkansas is raising awareness about the Fraud Watch Network, a go-to resource to help people get information they need to protect themselves and their families from con-artists and scammers. The Aug. 25 event will be held at St. Bernards Auditorium, 505 E. Washington Ave. in Jonesboro, and …

Beware of free Life Alert bracelet scam targeting AARP members

Posted on 07/11/2014 by | AARP Arkansas | Comments

Watch out for a call offering a free Life Alert bracelet to AARP members. It’s a phishing scam, and your best bet is to hang up! If you’ve spotted a scam like this one, please add it to AARP’s Fraud Watch Network map…and check out the latest alerts in your state: AARP’s Fraud Watch Network links you with experts, law enforcement and people like you who are on the lookout for scams. Check out the latest alerts from state Attorneys General …

Scorecard gives Arkansas low marks overall for serving older, disabled residents

Posted on 06/19/2014 by | AARP Arkansas | Comments

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 19, 2014 CONTACT: Michael Rowett, 501-217-1625, Scorecard gives Arkansas low marks overall for serving older, disabled residents State could potentially save at least $77 million a year by focusing resources more on services that enable Arkansans to stay in their homes & communities and less on expensive nursing home care LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—Arkansas  ranks 40th when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents, and AARP warns that much more must …

AARP AR lead volunteer advocate touts Private Option success

Posted on 06/13/2014 by | AARP Arkansas | Comments

AARP Arkansas Lead Volunteer for Advocacy Charlie Wagener in comments during a June 13, 2014,  public hearing noted how Arkansas’ Private Option for affordable health care is helping hard-working Arkansans. The public hearing was hosted by the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) to receive comments on the Private Option, which became law during the 2013 legislative session with strong bipartisan legislative support. The Private Option during this year’s legislative session was renewed through June 30, 2015. Passage of an annual appropriation …