AARP poll of Arkansas likely voters shows “Anxiety Index”

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

Advocacy | Arkansas | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Press         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 | Arkansas | Health & Wellbeing 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 …

Five Habits of Smart Drivers

Posted on 08/5/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Arkansas | Health & Wellbeing By Julie E. Lee The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently released some encouraging news: today’s drivers age 70 and older are less likely to be involved in crashes than previous generations. If they do crash, they are also less likely to be killed or seriously injured. The Institute claims this is a result of safer cars and healthier individuals. Maintaining a healthy mental and physical state is critical to all aspects of our lives. The same is true for …

Get Debt Under Control

Posted on 08/4/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Arkansas | Money & Work By Jean C. Setzfand Whether it’s the mortgage, credit cards, or student loans for the kids, consumer debt adds up to a big burden on millions of people. When you carry a lot of debt, it makes saving for retirement that much harder. Today, more Americans than ever are carrying debt into their retirement years. While you can take some comfort in knowing you’re not alone when it comes to debt, you can also take action to tackle it. Check …

AARP Celebrates 49th Anniversary of Medicare

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

Advocacy | Arkansas | Health & Wellbeing                     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 | Arkansas | Money & Work 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 …