It’s often said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. For dozens of AARP Arkansas volunteers it may also be the most impactful.
During a special Legislative Breakfast, AARP advocacy volunteers met with key lawmakers to help inform them about the main issues supported by AARP. Lead advocacy volunteers made impressive presentations on each issue prompting engaging conversation with legislators.
AARP Arkansas’ four legislative priorities covered included:
- Supporting Home and Community Based Care
- Health Insurance After the Affordable Care Act and Health Information Technology
- Funding for Senior Centers
- Health Care Workforce Shortage
There was much discussion about Health Insurance Exchange and Health Information Technology as well as the Health Care Workforce Shortage. Sixteen lawmakers attended the event to learn more about the issues and to show their support for AARP’s efforts on behalf of older Arkansans. Each legislator present thanked AARP volunteers for their tireless efforts to improve the lives of people over 50.
“It is always wonderful to see our advocacy volunteers at work,” said Maria Reynolds-Diaz, State Director of AARP Arkansas. “Many of the lawmakers know the volunteers by name, see them at the capitol on a regular basis and credit them with helping to advance important pieces of legislation.”
The AARP breakfast was part of a series coordinated by the Minority Health Consortium, of which AARP Arkansas is a member. The Consortium is a subgroup of the Arkansas Minority Health Commission which was formed to address health disparities in the state. A good number of legislators present represented the Delta, a target area of AARP Arkansas’ minority outreach project.
Along with AARP volunteers and lawmakers, the Breakfast hosted members of the Minority Health Commission including two Commissioners, the director of Arkansas Hospice Association, and CEO of CareLink Area Agency on Aging Elaine Eubank.