— AARP is here to help you take on today – and every day. From sharing practical resources, to holding fun activities and events, AARP is providing opportunities to connect and help build an even stronger Arkansas for all ages to live, work and play. We hope you’ll join us!

— Voter turnout typically drops during midterm elections, and that means older voters can have a powerful impact. On Nov. 6, Arkansans will select a governor, lieutenant governor, four U.S. representatives, members of the state legislature and candidates for other local posts. A proposed constitutional amendment would limit noneconomic and punitive damages in personal injury and wrongful death cases. AARP opposes the amendment because it diminishes the power of vulnerable people in medical facilities and nursing homes. AARP urges all voters …

— In cases of personal injury or wrongful death in a medical setting, Arkansas residents and their families can sue for damages. But a proposed state constitutional amendment—known as Issue 1—would limit noneconomic damages (for pain and suffering) to $500,000. Punitive damages (which punish wrongdoing) would be limited to the greater of $500,000 or three times compensatory damages. Attorneys’ contingency fees would be capped at one-third of the award. AARP Arkansas opposes Issue 1 because it puts a finite price on …

— ACT 633, regarding Voter ID, requires a voter in Arkansas to “verify his or her voter registration” before casting a ballot.  That means you’ll have to show some form of identification when you head to the polls. This new Voter ID Law is currently under judicial review and could be changed or removed from voting procedure.  But in the meantime, here are some Frequently Asked Questions about the new requirement that will help you prepare for upcoming elections.   QUESTION:  What …

— The documentary film Hot Coffee explores the famous McDonald’s hot coffee case and presents a side of the case you may not be familiar with.  Filmmaker and public interest lawyer Susan Saladoff uses the legal battle that began with a spilled cup of coffee to investigate what’s behind America’s zeal for tort “reform.” To view the film’s trailer, click here. AARP is showing the film at multiple locations. See details and registration information below. The film is free to view …

— The Arkansas Legislative Session wrapped up its work in March with two important issues regarding health care.  One, Arkansas Works,  a program that uses federal funds to help low-income people buy health insurance on the private market, was approved with an appropriation to continue funding the program.  Arkansas Works provides insurance coverage to over 250,000 low income Arkansans. Another issue addressed by lawmakers was the passage of the Arkansas Pharmacy Benefits Manager Licensure Act.  This act will allow the Arkansas Insurance Department to provide …

— AARP Arkansas proudly sponsors “Election 2016: AETN Debates,” taped and telecast Monday, Oct. 10 through Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, featuring candidates for our state’s U.S. Senate and four U.S. House of Representatives seats. Next week’s AETN elections coverage culminates with “Election 2016: Ballot Initiatives” on Friday, Oct. 14, and all six election programs will repeat in their entirety on Sunday, Oct. 30. Taping/Broadcast Schedule Monday, October 10, 2016 U.S. Congressional District 3 Taping 10 a.m., Broadcast 7 p.m. U.S. Rep. Steve …

— “I’ve always been interested in helping out with issues for the aging,” said AARP Arkansas Volunteer Lead for Advocacy Charlie Wagener. “Volunteering for AARP enables me to work on a variety of issues—financial security, health care, you name it. It’s an effective way to give back to my community.” As an advocacy volunteer, Charlie has helped plan and coordinate AARP Arkansas’ advocacy priorities, events and other activities – a leadership task for which he was well suited. A native of …