— FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Oct. 11, 2017                                                          CONTACT:  Michael Rowett 501-249-3841  mrowett@aarp.org LITTLE ROCK—Classie Green of Pine Bluff is the 2017 recipient of the Andrus State Award for Community Service, AARP’s most prestigious and visible volunteer award. Green received the award on the second day of AARP Arkansas’ annual Volunteer Summit, held Tuesday and today in Little Rock. Also presented today was AARP Arkansas’ 2017 Distinguished Service Award, to Herman Satterfield of Russellville. The awards were presented by Charlie Wagener, AARP’s …

— 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.

— 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 State Volunteer President Charlie Wagener in a column published Feb. 13, 2017, in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette—”Wrong direction: Medicare vouchers a bad idea”—explains the serious risks that current and near-future retirees would face if Medicare is changed into a voucher system. Over 565,000 Arkansans are currently on Medicare and over 575,000 age 50 and older will enroll in the program in the next 15 years. The column ran on the Voices Page (5B of the Feb. 13 edition) and also can be …

— Members of AARP Arkansas’ volunteer Executive Council invite you to learn more about how AARP helps Arkansans realize their Real Possibilities…and learn where AARP Arkansas stands on key issues on the state and federal levels. Watch for updates here, on Facebook and on Twitter. State Volunteer President Charlie Wagener: Executive Council member Willa Black Sanders of Maumelle:

— Charlie Wagener named State President of AARP Arkansas LITTLE ROCK — Charlie Wagener has been selected as AARP Arkansas’ new State President. State President is AARP’s highest volunteer position, representing about 310,000 AARP members in Arkansas. In partnership with the State Director, volunteers and staff, the State President helps position AARP in Arkansas to achieve the organization’s vision, mission and strategic priorities. Wagener served as AARP Arkansas’ Lead Volunteer for Advocacy for the last two-and-a-half-years, working with the Associate State Director …

— AARP Arkansas honors volunteer leaders with 2015 awards HOT SPRINGS—Mary Dillard of Glen Rose is the 2015 recipient of the Andrus State Award for Community Service, AARP’s most prestigious and visible volunteer award. Dillard, a past AARP Arkansas State President, received the award during AARP Arkansas’ 2015 Andrus Award and Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, held Wednesday evening in Hot Springs. Also presented Wednesday was AARP Arkansas’ 2015 Distinguished Service Award, to AARP Arkansas Lead Volunteer for Advocacy Charlie Wagener, who lives …

— AARP Arkansas Lead Volunteer for Advocacy Charlie Wagener in comments during a June 13, 2014,  public hearing noted how Arkansas’ Private Option for affordable health care is helping hard-working Arkansans. The public hearing was hosted by the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) to receive comments on the Private Option, which became law during the 2013 legislative session with strong bipartisan legislative support. The Private Option during this year’s legislative session was renewed through June 30, 2015. Passage of an annual appropriation …