The Attorney General’s Office works every day to help Arkansas residents fight scams and answer questions about health care and other consumer issues. With the Arkansas Insurance Department to field inquiries about insurance and the Securities Department available to discuss investments, the three entities are often key resources for consumers, especially older Arkansas residents.
That’s why the Attorney General’s Office and the two departments have partnered with the AARP to host the Protecting Arkansans program.
Arkansas consumers can attend a “town hall” style meeting that brings the government to them. Experts answer questions about consumer issues, insurance, Medicare protections, and investments
Former State Treasurer Jimmie Lou Fisher leads the effort for the Attorney General’s Office. Fisher works for the Attorney General to assist the state’s senior population. In addition to Fisher, representatives from the Consumer Protection Division offer advice on consumer fraud awareness and health-care directives and estate planning.
The free town halls offered across the state each year provide important information for older Arkansans, but all area residents may attend and draw value from the presentations.
In 2012, town halls were hosted in Hot Springs, Mena, Eureka Springs, Fayetteville, Fairfield Bay, Cherokee Village, and Stuttgart. In recent years, the program has been hosted in West Memphis, Paragould, Mountain Home, Clarksville, Bella Vista, Fort Smith, De Queen, El Dorado, Texarkana, North Little Rock, and many others. AARP Arkansas sends program invitations to all of its area members and the programs are promoted through local media
Participating entities include
- Arkansas Securities Department: How To Invest Wisely
- Senior Medicare Patrol, Arkansas Department of Human Services: How to Spot and Report Medicare Fraud
- Senior Health Insurance Information Program, Arkansas Insurance Department: One-on-One Medicare Assistance
- Arkansas Insurance Department: Health Insurance Issues
- Consumer Protection Division, Arkansas Attorney General’s Office: General Consumer Fraud and Health Care Directives and Estate Planning
- AARP Arkansas