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Informational Medicare events taking place in eight cities, including Hope May 24


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (April 28, 2022) – Arkansas Insurance Commissioner Alan McClain today released the following statement announcing the locations and dates of informational Medicare events held in conjunction with the Arkansas Insurance Department’s Senior Health Insurance Information Program (AR SHIIP):

“These events should be on every Arkansas senior’s to-do list so that they can make the best possible decisions regarding their Medicare needs. Our AR SHIIP staff will be all over the eastern portion of the state during the month of May to provide Arkansans with important information and assistance, and the staff looks forward to visiting with seniors and their families.”

AR SHIIP will be sailing for the month of May in honor of “Older Americans Month”, sponsoring events at various senior centers throughout eastern Arkansas. The first event will take place Friday, April 29 at the Bryant Senior Center in Bryant, Arkansas.

“AR SHIIP is a firm believer that Senior Centers are an asset to the local community,” said AR SHIIP Director Carroll Astin. “As we start moving out of the pandemic, we hope that events like AR SHIIP Days will rejuvenate attendance at the Senior Centers. Many people have been isolated for two years, so we believe it’s time to get out and re-join the community.”

AR SHIIP Days are designed to reach and engage individuals located in urban and rural areas and offer free, confidential, unbiased, and educational information regarding Medicare.

Dates and locations of AR SHIIP Days are listed below:

AR SHIIP provides one-on-one counseling and information for Arkansans eligible for Medicare. All services are free, unbiased, and confidential. For more information, call 1-800-224-6330 toll-free or visit                                                                 ###

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The Arkansas Department of Commerce is the umbrella department for workforce and economic development drivers. Its divisions and regulatory boards include Division of Aeronautics, Waterways Commission, Wine Producers Council, Division of Workforce Services, Office of Skills Development, State Bank Department, Insurance Department, Securities Department, Economic Development Commission and Development Finance Authority. It was established July 2019 as part of Governor Asa Hutchinson’s wide-sweeping efficiency and transformation efforts to reduce 42 cabinet agencies to 15 while maintaining services for all Arkansans.

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