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 …

Arkansas leads nation in uninsured adult decline, Gallup survey shows

Posted on 08/6/2014 by | AARP Arkansas | Comments

Advocacy A new Gallup report shows that Arkansas led the nation in reducing the rate of uninsured adults during the first six months of 2014. The Natural State’s uninsured rate dropped to 12.4% halfway through this year, compared with 22.5% at the end of last year. Arkansas’ Private Option for affordable health care, passed by the Arkansas Legislature in 2013 and renewed this year—in both instances with strong bipartisan majorities—played a key role in this tremendously positive development for our state. More …

AARP Celebrates 49th Anniversary of Medicare

Posted on 07/30/2014 by | AARP Arkansas | Comments

Advocacy                     AARP Celebrates 49th Anniversary of Medicare Unveils New Consumer Tool WASHINGTON— On the eve of Medicare’s 49th anniversary, AARP introduces a new Medicare Q & A Tool that provides consumers with easy-to-understand answers to commonly asked questions on insurance plan choices, coverage, and costs. The free online tool helps people understand eligibility requirements, gives useful information on how Medicare works, and explains when they may enroll. “President Lyndon Johnson signed …

Social Security benefit verification letters still available at field offices

Posted on 07/18/2014 by | AARP Arkansas | Comments

Advocacy Social Security benefit verification letters will still be available at U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) field offices. The SSA reversed course thanks to advocacy from AARP and others. Benefit verification letters serve as proof of income for many purposes, including applying for a loan or mortgage. The letters can serve as proof of retirement or disability status, or Medicare health insurance coverage. They are also needed to apply for many benefits at the state and local level. Late last year, the …

AARP builds County Advocacy Contacts network to enhance our voice on key issues

Posted on 07/15/2014 by | AARP Arkansas | Comments

Advocacy AARP has initiated an effort to build a strong network of county-level advocacy contacts across Arkansas, and momentum continues toward a goal of comprehensive state coverage. AARP Arkansas’ County Advocacy Contacts, or CACs, are designed to help the voices of Arkansans 50 plus to be heard on important issues like Social Security, Medicare, caregiving and Arkansas’ Private Option for affordable health insurance. The recruiting effort for CACs got off to a great start at the May 13-14 advocacy briefing in Little Rock. Herb Sanderson, AARP Arkansas Associate State Director for Advocacy, …