In addition to partnering with nearly 60 local non-profit organizations, WestArk RSVP manages its own program which provides direct assistance to the community through numerous channels, including Medicare assistance, income tax assistance, and health insurance advocacy.
We assist Medicare beneficiaries in applying for federal Low-Income subsidy and the Arkansas Medicare Savings Programs, aiding Medicare beneficiaries in choosing Medicare Part C and Part D plans and counseling new Medicare beneficiaries. Over forty percent of the adults over age 60 in our community have difficulty with the paperwork required by applications for social safety net programs because of illiteracy, vision problems or comprehension problems due to illness.
We assist with preparing and electronically filing free federal and state (Arkansas and Oklahoma) tax returns for senior citizens, disabled, Non-English Speaking, rural individuals and families whose Adjusted Gross Income is below $54,000. See flyer about our free tax services in the "News" section of this website under "Media/Press".
Partnering with the Arkansas Insurance Commission and Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP), RSVP members serve as SHIIP Advocates. They volunteer to educate consumers, unravel bureaucratic mazes, and submit fraud complaints. Find out more at http://www.insurance.arkansas.gov/shiip.htm.
Eager to learn more about our community outreach, or how you can get involved? Give us a call at 479-783-4155 in Fort Smith, or 479-636-0578 in Rogers. Your volunteer services are needed.