When it comes to health, two things stand out for Arkansans: having affordable insurance and being able to receive care at home instead of in a nursing home or other institutional setting. AARP Arkansas is pushing for legislation on both fronts.
Arkansas has a “private option” plan that helps low-income people buy private insurance, but the program must be reauthorized yearly. Thousands of Arkansans are eligible but have not applied. Individuals with annual income up to $16,105 and couples with income up to $21,707 may be eligible.
AARP Arkansas also is working to shift government funds from nursing homes to home- and community-based services. An AARP study showed that 91 percent of Arkansans age 50-plus prefer to receive care at home.
To help with these issues, email Herb Sanderson of AARP Arkansas at firstname.lastname@example.org.