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2005 Survey of Arkansas AARP Members

AARP Member Opinion Research

This mail survey was conducted to explore and measure the opinions of AARP members in Arkansas on long-term care (LTC), prescription drug, and payday lending issues.

Among the top concerns of respondents are—

  • Affordability and availability of LTC services that they or their family members may need
  • Cost of prescription drugs
  • Access to information on prescription drugs
  • Customer protection measures for state residents who receive a payday loan

Survey highlights include:

  • Almost all Arkansas members think it is extremely or very important to have LTC services that would enable them or their family members to stay at home as long as possible when LTC is needed.
  • Nearly nine in ten members strongly or somewhat support giving Arkansas residents a choice about where they can receive LTC services and letting their Medicaid benefits pay for the services they choose. Currently, Arkansas spends most of its Medicaid LTC funds on nursing homes rather than on LTC services that allow people to stay in their own homes and communities.
  • More than half of Arkansas members report that paying for their prescription drugs has been a major or minor problem for them. Over four in ten report they have taken one or more actions to reduce the cost of their medications in the past 12 months such as ordering prescriptions via mail or the Internet, taking less medicine than prescribed, not filling or delaying filling a prescription, or cutting back on food, fuel, or electricity.
  • Arkansas members express a strong desire for access to information on prescription drugs, with more than 70% supporting the idea of state creation of a centralized source of information (including pricing information) on prescription drugs.
  • Arkansas members want more protection against deceptive practices for those receiving payday loans. Measures they support include:
    • Requiring that all fees be prominently and clearly displayed for all consumers (86%)
    • Requiring reasonable loan terms to make it easier for customers to pay back these payday loans (83%)

AARP conducted the 2005 Arkansas AARP Member Survey from July 7 through August 4, 2005. A random sample of 2,000 AARP members in Arkansas, proportionally stratified by three age segments--50 to 59, 60 to 74, and 75+--was selected from AARP's membership database. A total of 1,004 surveys (51%) were completed and returned. The survey has a sampling error of plus or minus 3.2 percent. Survey responses were weighted to reflect the distribution of the age segments in the member population of Arkansas.

Joanne Binette, AARP Knowledge Management, managed all aspects of the project and wrote the reports. For more information, contact her at 202-434-6303.

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