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 …

AARP Remains Steadfastly Opposed to Health Bill

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Plans to hold Members of Congress accountable while renewing opposition in Senate WASHINGTON, DC — AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond reiterated AARP’s opposition to the health bill passed in the U.S. House of Representatives that would harm American families who count on access to affordable health care: “AARP is deeply disappointed in today’s vote by the House to pass this deeply flawed health bill. The bill will put an Age Tax on us as we age, harming millions of American …

Join AARP in Little Rock May 13 for Operation: Stop Scams FREE shredding event!

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  Every 2 seconds someone’s identity is stolen. But you can fight back against fraud! To help consumers protect themselves from ID theft, AARP’s Fraud Watch Network and AARP Arkansas are hosting Operation: Stop Scams FREE shredding events in Arkansas. Our first shredding event in this series, held in Fayetteville on April 30, had a great turnout. The next shredding event will be held in Little Rock on Saturday, May 13, and as in Fayetteville, we’ll partner with a local shredding provider to take any confidential documents you …

AARP: latest changes to AHCA make ‘bad bill even worse’

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AARP on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, sent the following  letter to all 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives regarding the latest version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA). If you are concerned about how this bill might impact you or your family, let your voice be heard by calling your U.S. Representative toll free at 1-844-866-1425.       April 26, 2017 Dear Representative: AARP, with its nearly 38 million members in all 50 States and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and U.S. …

UAMS, AARP sponsor free family caregiver workshop May 9 in Conway

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  CONWAY—The Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Program of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) will hold a free family caregiver workshop on Tuesday, May 9 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 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. May 9 at Faulkner County Library at 1900 Tyler St. in Conway.  For more information or to register, please …

Governor Hutchinson signs into law bill closing predatory lenders’ loophole

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Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on April 11, 2017, publicly signed into law Senate Bill 658 by state Sen. Jason Rapert. The bill, which closes a loophole used by predatory lenders to charge Arkansans up to 280 percent Annual Percentage Rate (APR) interest, becomes Act 944 of 2017. Thanks to our fantastic AARP Arkansas advocacy volunteers, some of whom are pictured at today’s signing ceremony, and all the Arkansans who contacted their state representatives and urged them to support passage of …

AARP brings CAREversations to central AR April 22-25

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AARP’s CAREversations returns to central Arkansas later this month, with events in Bryant, Conway and Cabot. CAREversations is a free,  interactive, engaging family caregiving event that mixes fun with a purpose. Developed using AARP’s Prepare to Care: A Planning  Guide for Families, the event is a 2-hour, lightly facilitated program that includes table conversations, complimentary snacks and beverages, mix and mingle, and information sharing. Those attending also will have opportunities to: Connect with other family caregivers, in a safe and supportive environment; …

Longtime AARP Arkansas volunteer continues fighting good fight against predatory lenders

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H.C. “Hank” Klein of Sherwood, a longtime AARP Arkansas volunteer leader, played a key role in removing predatory payday lending from Arkansas in 2009. Klein’s expertise, passion and persistence during the legislative session that recessed April 3 of this year helped stop predatory lenders from regaining a foothold in our state. Senate Bill 658  by Arkansas State Sen. Jason Rapert—a bill that Klein helped persuade legislative committees to endorse through his expert testimony—ultimately passed both the state Senate and the state House of Representatives. Gov. Asa Hutchinson has …