AARP to publish list of how every member of Congress voted on health care bill

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A U.S. House of Representatives vote on the American Health Care Act is expected to occur on Thursday, March 23, 2017. AARP will publish a list of how every member of Congress voted on the health care bill. AARP’s John Hishta explains: Also check out AARP’s latest update (March 22, 2017) on the health care bill, shared in the video below that’s also posted on the AARP Advocates Facebook page: Additional information on the American Health Care Act is available here and …

AARP supports Senate bill to close predatory lending loophole

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Warren Searls, AARP Arkansas Lead Volunteer for Advocacy and Executive Council member, in this video explains that while the Arkansas Constitution “caps” interest on consumer loans at 17 percent Annual Percentage Rate (APR), an out-of-state lender is using a loophole to charge up to 280 percent APR! Senate Bill 658, which has passed the Arkansas Senate and is pending in the state House of Representatives, will seal shut this phantom loophole. AARP Arkansas strongly supports SB658—because less than eight years …

Join us for free screenings of ‘Jackie’ 3/21 in Fayetteville; 3/26 in Little Rock

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Select AARP members and their guests are invited to a free screening of Jackie, starring Natalie Portman as iconic First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy and Peter Sarsgaard as Robert Kennedy, brother of the assassinated President John F. Kennedy.  Screenings will be held in Fayetteville on Tuesday, March 21 and in Little Rock the following Sunday, March 26. WHAT: Free Screening of Jackie WHEN: Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. (Fayetteville) and Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. (Little Rock) WHERE: …

UAMS, AARP sponsor free family caregiver workshop March 30 in Hot Springs

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  The Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Program of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) will hold a free family caregiver workshop Thursday, March 30 for those who would like to learn about caring for an adult with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. The workshop, which is open to the public, will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Garland County Library at 1427 Malvern Avenue in Hot Springs. For more information or to register, please call (501) 276-0945. …

AARP-backed bill to help Arkansans save for retirement passes AR Senate committee

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An estimated 530,000 Arkansans—over half of Arkansans age 18 to 64—do not have access to a retirement savings plan through their employer.  Senate Bill 236, which passed the Arkansas Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee today, would help address this issue by creating the Arkansas Small Business Voluntary Retirement Program. Under SB236, businesses with up to 100 employees could create voluntary retirement savings accounts for employees, helping them take charge of their financial futures and live independently as they age. The …

AARP opposes special interest health care bill

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AARP Opposes Special Interest Health Care Bill Legislation would weaken Medicare, hike insurance premiums on those who can least afford it, and give tax breaks to big drug companies. March 7, 2017 WASHINGTON, D.C.— In a statement today, AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond announced AARP’s opposition to the House plan that would make harmful changes to our current health care system such as shortening the life of Medicare, hiking costs for those who can least afford higher insurance premiums, …

New Fraud Watch Network survey identifies common traits in victims of investment fraud

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      Survey Identifies Common Traits in Victims of Investment Fraud AARP Fraud Watch Network Launches Campaign to Help Investors Learn Who Should be Most Alert WASHINGTON, D.C. —With Americans losing tens of billions of dollars annually to investment fraud schemes, what mindsets and behaviors are common among those who fall victim? A new survey by the AARP Fraud Watch Network finds that the most susceptible typically exhibit an unusually high degree of confidence in unregulated investments and tend …

AARP AR State President column on Medicare vouchers published in state’s largest newspaper

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AARP Arkansas State Volunteer President Charlie Wagener in a column published Feb. 13, 2017, in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette—”Wrong direction: Medicare vouchers a bad idea”—explains the serious risks that current and near-future retirees would face if Medicare is changed into a voucher system. Over 565,000 Arkansans are currently on Medicare and over 575,000 age 50 and older will enroll in the program in the next 15 years. The column ran on the Voices Page (5B of the Feb. 13 edition) and also can be …

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide to provide free tax help in AR through April 18

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— Beginning today through April 18, AARP Foundation is providing free tax assistance and preparation through its Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 49th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, offering free tax preparation help to anyone, especially those who are 50 and older, who cannot afford a tax preparation service. Tax-Aide, which is offered free of charge, is available to AARP members and non-members and includes more than 5,000 locations in …

Medicare is a promise we need to keep

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At AARP, we believe Medicare is a deal with the American people that must not be broken. Thankfully, President Trump repeatedly said during his historic campaign that he would not allow changes to this popular program.  “I am going to protect and save your Social Security and your Medicare,” he told voters. “You made a deal a long time ago.” Older voters were instrumental in electing President Trump and the current Congress. Now those voters are counting on Congress to follow …