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Rutledge Recognizes Daisy Bates Day

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge issued the following statement in honor of Daisy Bates Day:

“Daisy Bates was a courageous, ground breaking woman who fought for racial equality in Arkansas and across the country. Her support of the nine Little Rock students integrating into Little Rock Central High School and her work with the NAACP all made her an integral part of the civil rights movement. I was honored to tour her home earlier this year and am pleased that this piece of history has been restored for all to view.”

Rutledge Welcomes Spring Law Clerks

Says ‘a great service-learning opportunity for students’

LITTLE ROCK Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge welcomed a new class of law clerks to the Attorney General’s office for the spring semester. These law students work in various departments assisting with legal research, drafting memos and legal documents and accompanying lawyers at trials, client meetings and hearings.

“Attorney General’s office law clerks work closely with some of Arkansas’s top attorneys,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “This program is a great service-learning opportunity for students to be exposed to the fulfilling experience of working in the public service sector. Law clerks are a valuable asset to the people of Arkansas.”

Lydia Davis, a second-year student at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UA Little Rock) William H. Bowen School of Law, is clerking in the Criminal Department. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and history from the University of Mississippi in 2015. Davis is from DeWitt and graduated from DeWitt High School in 2011.

Shannon Fredricksen, a second-year student at the UA Little Rock Bowen School of Law, is clerking in the Public Protection Department. She graduated from Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts in communication arts. Fredrickson currently lives in Springdale and graduated from River Valley High School in Correctionville, Iowa in 1994.

Gabrielle Gibson, a third-year student at the UA Little Rock Bowen School of Law, is clerking in the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. She graduated from Arkansas State University in 2014 with a major in interdisciplinary studies. Gibson is from Hot Springs, and graduated from Lakeside High School in 2010.

Elizabeth James, a third-year student at the UA Little Rock Bowen School of Law, is clerking in the Civil Department. She graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a degree in business administration in 2007. James is from Bald Knob and graduated from Bald Knob High School in 2003.

Erica Kaylor, a second-year student at UA Little Rock Bowen School of Law, is clerking in the State Agencies Department. She graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Arts in political science, international relations and European studies in 2016. Kaylor is from Rose Bud and graduated from Rose Bud High School in 2012.

Alex Morphis, a second-year student at the UA Little Rock Bowen School of Law, is clerking in the Public Protection Department. He graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2015 with majors in political science and food science. Morphis is from Alamo, Tenn. and graduated from Crockett County High School in 2010.

Daniel Murphy, a second-year student at the UA Little Rock Bowen School of Law, is clerking in the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 2015 with a major in operations, business management. Murphy is from Layton, Utah and graduated from Layton High School in 2009.

Derek Peterson, a second-year student at the UA Little Rock Bowen School of Law, is clerking in the Civil Department. He graduated from the William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri with a degree business administration in 2015. Peterson is from Carthage, Missouri and graduated from Carthage High School in 2011.

Amanda Ray, a third-year student at the UA Little Rock Bowen School of Law, is clerking in the Public Protection Department. She graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a Bachelor of Arts in English in 2013. Ray is from Benton and graduated from Benton High School in 2009.

Sara Renfrow, a second-year student at the UA Little Rock Bowen School of Law, is clerking in the Criminal Department. She graduated from Henderson State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 2016. Renfrow is from Nashville and graduated from Nashville High School in 2012.

Rutledge Praises White House’s Recommendation on PBMs

Says, ‘prescription reimbursement rates dropped lower than pharmacy purchase costs’

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge commends the White House’s Reforming Biopharmaceutical Pricing at Home and Abroad report, which calls for decreasing the concentration of Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs). Three PBMs make up 85 percent of the current market, meaning they have significant market power against manufacturers, health plans and covered consumers.

“I am pleased to see the White House taking an interest in a practice that negatively impacts Arkansans ,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “PBMs have decreased their reimbursement rate for pharmacies in the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace, placing a new strain on these integral local businesses. I have started my investigation into CVS Caremark, but intend to demand information from any PBM harming Arkansans.”

Local pharmacists are being forced to cover the additional costs of the rate changes, which impacts their bottom line and could lead to these businesses closing their doors.

The Attorney General will continue to aggressively investigate the PBMs responsible and requests that any citizen harmed by these rate changes contact the office.

Rutledge Releases Statement on State of the State

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today released the below statement following Governor Asa Hutchinson’s State of the State address.

“I was pleased to hear Governor Hutchinson address issues such as the ongoing battle against the opioid epidemic, reimbursement rates for local pharmacies and burdensome business regulations which have hurt our small businesses, farmers and ranchers across the Natural State,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “I am confident that we can work together to attack these issues and make Arkansas stronger than ever.”

Rutledge Honored with Sandra Wilson Cherry Award

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today released the following statement after receiving the 2018 Sandra Wilson Cherry Award presented by the Gaines House.

“It is an honor to receive this important award and to be recognized as a role model for women across Arkansas,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Sandra Wilson Cherry dedicated her life to public service and I will continue to embrace her legacy by serving the people of our great state. As Arkansas’s first elected female Attorney General, I strive to empower women by providing resources such as Laura’s Card and Break the Cycle training. These programs, alongside the valuable work of the Gaines House, benefit every Arkansan and I am proud to help bring a voice to those who would otherwise live in silence.”

In 2016, Rutledge began providing Laura’s Card to assist victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Laura’s Card includes 24-hour crisis line phone numbers, a list of victim’s rights and information about resources available. More than 100,000 Laura’s Cards, available in English and Spanish, have been distributed to Arkansas law enforcement agencies and service providers. Additionally, LaurasCard.ar.gov was created with links to numerous resources available for victims of abuse. Rutledge also began offering Break the Cycle training across Arkansas, which focuses on youth dating abuse prevention and intervention and helps educators recognize and discuss the warning signs of dating violence. Break the Cycle is a leading national nonprofit organization providing comprehensive dating abuse prevention programs.

The Sandra Wilson Cherry Award is presented by the Gaines House. For more than fifty years, the Gaines House has enabled hundreds of homeless women with mental illness to successfully complete a psychiatric rehabilitation process and become productive members of our community. The Gaines House is unique in Arkansas and offers a supervised residential environment preparing homeless women with mental illness to strive for independence.

Rutledge to Investigate Reimbursement Rates from CVS Caremark

Says, ‘reimbursements to local pharmacists do not cover the actual cost of the medication’

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced that she has demanded information from CVS Caremark, a Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM), after reviewing complaints of plummeting medication reimbursement rates paid to local pharmacies.

“The change in reimbursement rates by the Pharmacy Benefit Managers has hurt Arkansans in every community across the state,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Local pharmacists are critical members of Arkansas’s communities. Due to these changes, pharmacists are facing tough decisions because the reimbursements do not cover the actual cost of the medications. When public health is threatened, all Arkansans suffer.”

PBMs, like CVS Caremark, are the go-between for health insurance companies and pharmacies and dictate reimbursement amounts on each prescription. Earlier this year, the Attorney General began reviewing reports that CVS Caremark reduced its reimbursement rate for pharmacies in the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace. In roughly 20 percent of prescription fills, prescription reimbursement rates reportedly dropped lower than purchase costs. Local pharmacists are forced to cover the additional costs of these rate changes, which impacts their bottom line and could lead to these businesses closing their doors. Investigators and attorneys have requested information pertinent to establishing if the reimbursement rate change triggers provisions of Arkansas’s Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

The Attorney General will continue to aggressively investigate the PBMs responsible and requests that any citizen harmed by these rate changes contact the office.

February
22
Thursday

Arkansas County Resources Day

Arkansas County Cooperative Extension Service - Dewitt office
1009 Liberty Drive, Dewitt

Mobile Office
10:30 a.m. to noon

Prescription Drug Take Back
10:30 a.m. to noon
Law enforcement partner: Arkansas County Sheriff Todd Wright

Prescription for Life Presentation
11:30 a.m. to noon

 10:30 AMVIEW 
February
27
Tuesday

Lincoln County Resources Day

Star City Senior Center
201 North Drew Street

Mobile Office
10 to 11:30 a.m.

Prescription Drug Take Back
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Law enforcement partner: Lincoln County Sheriff Leonard Hogg

Identity Theft and Scam Presentation
11 to 11:30 a.m.

 10:00 AMVIEW 
February
28
Wednesday

Winter Webcast Series: FOIA

Arkansas Freedom of Information Act
10 a.m. to noon

The webcast will include FOIA Made Simple presentations by the Attorney General’s office detailing responsibilities and rights covered under the act related to public meetings and documents.

Free and open to the public

Register

 10:00 AMVIEW 
March
1
Thursday

Jackson County Resources Day

Jackson County Cooperative Extension Office
649 Jackon 917, Newport

Mobile Office
10 to 11:30 a.m.

Prescription Drug Take Back
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Law enforcement partner: Jackson County Sheriff David Lucas

Prescription for Life Presentation
11 to 11:30 a.m.


 10:00 AMVIEW 
March
6
Tuesday

Calhoun County Resources Day

Calhoun County Cooperative Extension Office
First South and Hunt, Hampton

Mobile Office
10:30 a.m. to noon

Prescription Drug Take Back
10:30 a.m. to noon
Law enforcement partner: Calhoun County Sheriff Robert Dunn

Prescription for Life Presentation
11:30 a.m. to noon


 10:30 AMVIEW 
March
7
Wednesday

Winter Webcast: Prescription for Life

Prescription for Life
Noon to 1 p.m.

Arkansas ranks first in the nations for prevalence of youth aged 12-17 who misuse painkillers.

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is leading a bold initiative to tackle this issue head on by bringing critical, life-saving prescription drug abuse prevention education to high schools across Arkansas, all at no costs to schools.

This webcast will explore challenges surrounding the growing opioid crisis as well as further explain the new Prescription for Life digital curriculum.

Register

 12:00 PMVIEW 
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