Making Sense of Health Insurance Lingo

Making Sense of Health Insurance Lingo

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Nicole Duritz If you’re like me, one of the more uncomfortable parts about seeing a doctor is putting on the paper gown. Does the opening go in the front or the back? Can I get it on before the door opens? Why is the office always so cold? Sometimes I feel just as exposed when I don’t understand certain terms in the pages of paperwork my insurance provider sends me after a routine appointment. For many people, the language …

Nurses Get Boost to Meet State’s Needs

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

Health & Wellbeing 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 …

Arkansans saved $26.2 million on Medicare Rx costs in 2013 thanks to health care law

Posted on 03/26/2014 by | AARP Arkansas | Comments

Health & Wellbeing  Arkansans on Medicare saved $26.2 million on prescription drugs in 2013 thanks to health care law Cumulative savings since 2010 total $78.3 million The numbers are in, and they are impressive – Arkansans on Medicare saved $26,182,735 on their prescription drugs in 2013, thanks to the closing of the “donut hole” for prescriptions under the health care law. These savings work out to an average discount per beneficiary of $737. in 2013, 35,525 Arkansans received Medicare “donut hole” discounts. Even more impressive: in the …

Bill preserving Arkansas Private Option signed into law by Governor

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

Health & Wellbeing 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 …

Top 10 Reasons to Sign Up for Health Insurance by March 31

Top 10 Reasons to Sign Up for Health Insurance by March 31

Posted on 03/1/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Nicole Duritz Late night funnyman David Letterman has a Top 10 list for everything under the sun. As the initial enrollment through the Health Insurance Marketplace nears an end, we thought we’d try our hand at a Top 10. It may lack some of Dave’s humor, but it does offer you some really good reasons to sign up for insurance before the March 31 deadline. #10. That broken leg won’t fix itself. If you show up at an emergency …

Doctors says Arkansas’ Private Option helping his patients

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

Health & Wellbeing 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 …