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AARP Connecticut is asking residents of Cheshire and surrounding communities to weigh in with their opinions and concerns about the many options being discussed to reform Medicare and Social Security at a Community Forum Thursday, Aug. 23, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Cheshire Senior Center, 240 Maple Avenue. The forum – part of a national effort launched by AARP in March called You’ve Earned a Say – seeks to take the debate about Medicare and Social Security out of Washington and give ordinary citizens a voice in the discussion about their future.
AARP commissioned experts from The Heritage Foundation, The Brookings Institute, The National Academy for Social Insurance, and Avalere Health to analyze 12 options for reforming Social Security and 15 options for reforming Medicare and provide the pros and cons for each in straightforward language, without political spin or jargon. The information will be discussed at the forum and is available at www.earnedasay.org. The site also includes a questionnaire, fact sheets, and interactive tools that let individuals try their hand at filling the funding gap. It also gives visitors the option to send a message to their member of Congress and the presidential candidates.
AARP is hosting more than a dozen local forums throughout Connecticut this summer and fall. For a list of all forums, visit aarp.org/ct. RSVP by calling 1-877-926-8300.
With a growing elderly population, rising health costs and longer life expectancies, Social Security and Medicare are facing significant fiscal challenges. The next Congress and President could make decisions about these programs that would impact today’s seniors and future generations. AARP has launched You’ve Earned a Say to help ordinary citizens understand the options that are being discussed, both the pros and the cons, so they can make up their own minds and make their voices heard.