2 Big Issues: Health Coverage, Home Care

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy When it comes to health, two things stand out for Arkansans: having affordable insurance and being able to receive care at home instead of in a nursing home or other institutional setting. AARP Arkansas is pushing for legislation on both fronts. Arkansas has a “private option” plan that helps low-income people buy private insurance, but the program must be reauthorized yearly. Thousands of Arkansans are eligible but have not applied. Individuals with annual income up to $16,105 and couples with …

Hearting Family Caregivers Across Arkansas

Posted on 11/5/2014 by | AARP Arkansas | Comments

Advocacy           Hearting Family Caregivers Across Arkansas An excerpt from Shelly’s story: “It was a quick decision because I knew Mother needed me, but a hardship financially. … The next two-and-a-half years were a mix of wonderful shared experiences with her and a plethora of cooking, housekeeping, laundry, financial duties, bathing, managing medicines, monitoring blood pressure and countless trips to rehab, doctors, pharmacy, radiation, church, meetings and visits with friends and family.” Shelly is one of more …

AARP Arkansas releases nonpartisan Voter Guides

Posted on 09/24/2014 by | AARP Arkansas | Comments

Advocacy         FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Sept. 24, 2014                                                           AARP Arkansas releases nonpartisan Voter Guides Voters can view candidates’ own words on issues such as Social Security, Medicare, the Private Option for affordable health care, financial security, tax reform and seniors living independently LITTLE ROCK—AARP Arkansas today released nonpartisan Voter Guides featuring positions from candidates in key federal and state races—in their own words—on critical issues including Social Security, Medicare, Arkansas’ Private Option for affordable health insurance and enabling …

The Election is Coming: Got ID?

Posted on 09/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy Nov. 4 marks the first general election since the state’s voter ID law took effect in January. Under the new law, voters without proper identification can cast a provisional ballot, but their votes will be counted only if they bring the required photo ID to a county clerk or county election commission by noon on Monday after the election. Arkansans who lack the required photo ID can get one for free at their county clerk’s office but must show certain …

AARP poll of AR likely voters shows overwhelming support for more funding, availability of at-home long-term care

Posted on 08/19/2014 by | AARP Arkansas | Comments

Advocacy         AARP poll of AR likely voters shows overwhelming support for more funding, availability of at-home long-term care Survey shows 91% support funding shift from nursing homes to at-home care provided by caregivers & helping people live independently a powerful potential issue for candidates, especially among caregivers LITTLE ROCK—AARP Arkansas today released a poll showing that 50+ likely voters overwhelmingly support shifting additional federal long-term care funding from nursing homes to home-based care, and where candidates stand …

AARP poll of Arkansas likely voters shows “Anxiety Index”

Posted on 08/11/2014 by | AARP Arkansas | Comments

Advocacy         FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 11, 2014 CONTACT: Michael Rowett, 501-217-1625, mrowett@aarp.org AARP poll of Arkansas Likely Voters Shows “Anxiety Index” Voters worry secure retirement slipping away, support candidates who address economic security  LITTLE ROCK—AARP Arkansas today released a new election year poll showing that 50+ voters in November elections worry a secure retirement could be out of reach for them. Voters also want to see candidates who focus on improving their financial security, as they believe …