— Learn how to create a family plan and find the support you need You may care for someone full time, 24/7. Or you may help someone with driving or grocery shopping a couple times a week. Either way, you’re a caregiver. And AARP’s caregiving expert, Amy Goyer, is here to guide you on your journey during the Online CAREversations Workshop. It’s a live, interactive event, so it’s the perfect way for busy people like you to access expert advice, interact …

— The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by a razor-thin margin. In this video, our State Volunteer President explains how the AHCA would substantially raise costs and limit health care coverage for hundreds of thousands of Arkansans. Call 844-222-0110 and urge Senator Tom Cotton to do the right thing—and oppose this bad, high-cost bill.

— LITTLE ROCK—Arkansas ranks 41st when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents and people with disabilities, and  AARP warns much more must be done, at an accelerated pace, to meet changing demographic demands.  Specific areas of concern in Arkansas include effective transitions between nursing homes, hospitals and homes. These findings are according to a new, comprehensive state-by-state Scorecard from AARP with support of the nation’s leading organizations behind quality long-term care, The Commonwealth Fund and SCAN …

—   FORT SMITH—The Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Program of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) will hold a free Family Caregiver Workshop on Friday, June 23 with a optional supplemental workshop Friday, June 30 for those who would like to learn about caring for an adult with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. The workshops, which are open to the public, will be held 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Fort Smith Public Library at 3201 Rogers Ave. in Fort Smith.  For more …

— Vickie Garner of Hot Springs is among the many Arkansans ages 50 to 64 with serious concerns about how the American Health Care Act would affect them. Please click the video below for Vickie’s story, then scroll down for additional information. This bill includes an “age tax” that would allow insurance companies to charge older Americans at least FIVE times more for their health coverage than everyone else. Over 280,000 Arkansans 50-64 with pre-existing health conditions face even higher costs. Go to action.aarp.org/voteno and tell your …

— Over 575,000 Arkansans rely on Medicare to help pay for their prescription drugs, doctor visits and hospitalizations. AARP Arkansas​ volunteer Joy Crow explains how the new healthcare bill weakens Medicare by reducing spending, hastening Medicare’s insolvency and increasing premiums. Instead of giving a windfall to pharmaceutical companies, Congress should do more to reduce the burden of high prescription drug costs!

— Technology has spurred great advances in medicine, and now it’s improving access to health care as well. Beginning July 30, a new state law will allow patients to initiate an audiovisual visit with a doctor from home or another remote location. AARP advocates have been gradually chipping away at restrictions on the use of telemedicine in Arkansas. A regulatory change in 2016 allows the use of audiovisual technology for first-time visits between a doctor and patient. Previously, an in-person visit …

— AARP Arkansas State Volunteer President Charlie Wagener in a column published May 28, 2017, in the Southwest Times Record— “Health-care act is unfair, unaffordable”—explains why the health care bill currently before the U.S. Senate would be bad for Arkansans, especially those 50 and over. Based in Fort Smith, the Times Record is Arkansas’ second-largest daily newspaper by circulation. The American Health Care Act, Charlie notes, “would give billions to big drug and insurance companies while dramatically increasing costs for people age …

— AARP Arkansas seeks nominees for the 2017 Andrus State Award for Community Service, AARP’s most prestigious and visible volunteer tribute. The Andrus Award honors Arkansans 50+ who are sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community members. The Andrus Award winner is nominated by his or her peers and the award recipient is chosen by a special selection committee consisting of AARP Arkansas volunteer leaders. Nominations will be evaluated based on how the volunteer’s work has …

— The American Health Care Act, which narrowly passed the U.S. House of Representatives on May 4 and is awaiting action by the U.S. Senate,  would make health care unaffordable and inaccessible for millions of Americans—including hundreds of thousands of Arkansans. The AHCA is very bad medicine for Arkansans, especially those ages 50 to 64. It would: X Remove protections for people with pre-existing health conditions, impacting over 280,000 Arkansans. X Weaken protections for people in the individual market and those …