Urge Senator Cotton to oppose the bad, high-cost American Health Care Act

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The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by a razor-thin margin. In this video, our State Volunteer President explains how the AHCA would substantially raise costs and limit health care coverage for hundreds of thousands of Arkansans. Call 844-222-0110 and urge Senator Tom Cotton to do the right thing—and oppose this bad, high-cost bill.

New Scorecard shows where Arkansas needs improvement to serve older adults, people with disabilities

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LITTLE ROCK—Arkansas ranks 41st when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents and people with disabilities, and  AARP warns much more must be done, at an accelerated pace, to meet changing demographic demands.  Specific areas of concern in Arkansas include effective transitions between nursing homes, hospitals and homes. These findings are according to a new, comprehensive state-by-state Scorecard from AARP with support of the nation’s leading organizations behind quality long-term care, The Commonwealth Fund and SCAN …

UAMS, AARP sponsor free family caregiver workshop June 23 in Fort Smith

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  FORT SMITH—The Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Program of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) will hold a free Family Caregiver Workshop on Friday, June 23 with a optional supplemental workshop Friday, June 30 for those who would like to learn about caring for an adult with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. The workshops, which are open to the public, will be held 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Fort Smith Public Library at 3201 Rogers Ave. in Fort Smith.  For more …

WATCH: Arkansan shares concerns about AHCA raising her health care costs

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Vickie Garner of Hot Springs is among the many Arkansans ages 50 to 64 with serious concerns about how the American Health Care Act would affect them. Please click the video below for Vickie’s story, then scroll down for additional information. This bill includes an “age tax” that would allow insurance companies to charge older Americans at least FIVE times more for their health coverage than everyone else. Over 280,000 Arkansans 50-64 with pre-existing health conditions face even higher costs. Go to action.aarp.org/voteno and tell your …

AARP AR volunteer explains how healthcare bill would weaken Medicare

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Over 575,000 Arkansans rely on Medicare to help pay for their prescription drugs, doctor visits and hospitalizations. AARP Arkansas​ volunteer Joy Crow explains how the new healthcare bill weakens Medicare by reducing spending, hastening Medicare’s insolvency and increasing premiums. Instead of giving a windfall to pharmaceutical companies, Congress should do more to reduce the burden of high prescription drug costs!

AARP AR State President column on health care bill: ‘Health-care act is unfair, unaffordable’

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AARP Arkansas State Volunteer President Charlie Wagener in a column published May 28, 2017, in the Southwest Times Record— “Health-care act is unfair, unaffordable”—explains why the health care bill currently before the U.S. Senate would be bad for Arkansans, especially those 50 and over. Based in Fort Smith, the Times Record is Arkansas’ second-largest daily newspaper by circulation. The American Health Care Act, Charlie notes, “would give billions to big drug and insurance companies while dramatically increasing costs for people age …

AARP Arkansas seeks 2017 Andrus Award nominees

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AARP Arkansas seeks nominees for the 2017 Andrus State Award for Community Service, AARP’s most prestigious and visible volunteer tribute. The Andrus Award honors Arkansans 50+ who are sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community members. The Andrus Award winner is nominated by his or her peers and the award recipient is chosen by a special selection committee consisting of AARP Arkansas volunteer leaders. Nominations will be evaluated based on how the volunteer’s work has …

Learn how the American Health Care Act would impact Arkansas

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The American Health Care Act, which narrowly passed the U.S. House of Representatives on May 4 and is awaiting action by the U.S. Senate,  would make health care unaffordable and inaccessible for millions of Americans—including hundreds of thousands of Arkansans. The AHCA is very bad medicine for Arkansans, especially those ages 50 to 64. It would: X Remove protections for people with pre-existing health conditions, impacting over 280,000 Arkansans. X Weaken protections for people in the individual market and those …

Join AARP May 11 for free Movies for Grownups screening of James Beard: America’s First Foodie

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Join us Thursday, May 11 at the University of Arkansas-Pulaski Technical College Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute in Little Rock for a special AARP Movies For Grownups free screening of American Masters—James Beard: America’s First Foodie. The evening begins with a 5:30 p.m. reception followed by the film at 6:30 p.m., then after the film, an exciting panel discussion featuring local chefs! Seating is limited so RSVP TODAY! Join us before the movie at 5:30 p.m. for a special free …

How did your Representative vote on the health care bill? Find out & take action

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The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday,  May 4, 2017,  passed the dangerous American Health Care Act by a razor-thin margin: 217-213. This bill gives billions to special interests while sticking ordinary Americans with huge premium hikes. It includes an “age tax” that would force Americans age 50 to 64 to pay up to $13,000 more for health care. It weakens Medicare, and it removes protections for people with pre-existing conditions. The House should not have passed it. How did …