Older Arkansans strongly support bipartisan legislation to fight age discrimination, poll shows

Older Arkansans strongly support bipartisan legislation to fight age discrimination, poll shows

Posted on 04/22/2014 by | AARP Arkansas | Comments

Advocacy           FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 22, 2014 Contact: Michael Rowett, 501-217-1625, mrowett@aarp.org Older Arkansas voters strongly support bipartisan legislation to fight age discrimination, poll shows New AARP survey shows 81% support bill to remedy 2009 court decision LITTLE ROCK—Older Arkansans overwhelmingly support bipartisan legislation to combat age discrimination in the workplace, a new AARP survey shows. The poll last month of registered Arkansas voters 50 and older found that 81 percent favor passage of the bipartisan …

Nurses Get Boost to Meet State’s Needs

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy With a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), an Arkansas coalition is preparing nurses to address critical health care challenges. Co-led by AARP, the Arkansas Action Coalition encourages nurses to further their education and take on leadership roles. Arkansas is facing a projected 24 percent shortage of nurses needed in the state next year, which could worsen to a 34 percent shortage by 2020, a RWJF report shows. Thirty states received grants to bolster ongoing efforts to advance …

Bill preserving Arkansas Private Option signed into law by Governor

Posted on 03/10/2014 by | AARP Arkansas | Comments

Advocacy The State of Arkansas in 2013 passed a historic, bipartisan law to create the Private Option—so nearly 250,000 hard-working Arkansans could get affordable health insurance coverage. Perhaps the key issue before the Arkansas General Assembly during this year’s Fiscal Session was the vote necessary to preserve the Private Option. After considerable debate, the state House of Representatives voted 76-24 on March 4 to preserve the Private Option, following the state Senate’s 27-8 vote on Feb. 20. The House vote completed legislative action on the …

Doctors says Arkansas’ Private Option helping his patients

Posted on 02/28/2014 by | AARP Arkansas | Comments

Advocacy In this video by Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, a physician in Heber Springs, Arkansas (Cleburne County) explains how Arkansas’ Private Option for health care is helping his patients.     The State of Arkansas in 2013 passed a historic, bipartisan law to create the Private Option—so nearly 250,000 hard-working Arkansans could get affordable health insurance coverage. Both houses of the Arkansas Legislature must vote during this legislative session to preserve  the Private Option. The Arkansas Senate did so on Feb. 20. The matter is now before the …

Civil Rights Leaders: Church Still Greatest Stabilizer in Black Community,  But Some Show Signs of Fatigue

Civil Rights Leaders: Church Still Greatest Stabilizer in Black Community, But Some Show Signs of Fatigue

Posted on 02/24/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Advocacy By Edna Kane-Williams, Vice President, Multicultural Markets and Engagement, AARP From the tragic 1955 death of Emmett Till to the Montgomery bus boycott to civil rights battles of the 1960s and even to the issues of unequal justice in 2014, civil rights leaders say the Black Church has remained a headquarters for healing, rejuvenation and planning. “It remains our oasis in the desert. It remains our spiritual reservoir. It remains the most independent organization controlled by Black people. It even …

Social Media Could Make New Strides for Civil Rights

Social Media Could Make New Strides for Civil Rights

Posted on 02/17/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Advocacy By Edna Kane-Williams, Vice President, Multicultural Markets and Engagement, AARP If the organizers of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom had used Facebook, Twitter, E-mail, Instagram and other social media to draw people to Washington, D.C., what would have been different about that great gathering on the Mall of the U. S Capital? That question kicked off a Martin Luther King holiday forum discussion that grew from what could have happened with social media to ways that …