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July 29, 2012 Areawide, Business, Local News No Comments

AARP Connecticut is hosting community “listening sessions” around the state to gather input about proposed changes to Social Security and Medicare. The national AARP may be nonpartisan, but it is politically active and is considered a powerful lobbying group. The AARP also has an online questionnaire for those who cannot attend the community meetings.

AARP Connecticut is giving the state’s residents an opportunity to weigh in and share their ideas and concerns about various options being discussed in Washington, D.C. to reform Social Security and Medicare. [AARP is the American Association of Retired Persons]

There will be a series of forums throughout the state, including one in East Hampton, CT (see list at end of story) – part of AARP’s “You’ve Earned a Say” effort launched in March 2012 to take the debate about Medicare and Social Security from behind closed doors in Washington and give all citizens a voice in the discussion about their future.

To date, AARP has conducted listening tours in all 50 states and has heard from more than a million Americans, including thousands of Connecticut residents, both in-person and through online questionnaires.

In response to this feedback, AARP commissioned experts from The Heritage Foundation, The Brookings Institute, The National Academy for Social Insurance and Avalere Health to analyze 15 options for reforming Social Security and 10 options for reforming Medicare – and provide the pros and cons for each in straightforward language, without political spin or jargon.

The information 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.

According to a recent AARP survey, 95 percent of Americans think Washington should spend more time listening to affected citizens when it comes to decisions about Social Security and Medicare.

Eighty-eight percent of people who responded to AARP’s questionnaire to date said they believe that Medicare and Social Security will need some combination of more funding or benefit changes.

Connecticut residents can make their voices heard by completing the online questionnaire at www.earnedasay.org or by attending one of the local gatherings listed below. Registration is required, so please call 1-877-926-8300 to reserve your place.

Upcoming “You’ve Earned a Say” community forums in Connecticut:

  • Wed., Aug. 29, 1 pm – 3 pm, East Hampton Senior Center, 105 Main St., East Hampton, CT
  • Wed., Aug. 15, 2012, 1 pm – 3 pm, The Baldwin Center, 1000 West Broad St., Stratford, CT 06615
  • Thur., Aug. 16, 6 pm – 8 pm, Enfield Senior Center, 299 Elm St., Enfield, CT 06082
  • Mon., Aug. 20, 9:30 am – 11:30 am, Congregation Rodeph Sholom, Hirsch Hall, 2385 Park Ave., Bridgeport, CT 06604
  • Tue., Aug. 21, 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm, Western CT Area Agency on Aging (WCAAA), 84 Progress Lane – Second Floor, Waterbury, CT 06705
  • Thur., Aug. 23, 1 pm – 3 pm, Cheshire Senior Center, 240 Maple Ave., Cheshire, CT 06410
  • Mon., Aug. 27, 2012, 9:30 am – 11:30 am, North End Senior Center, 80 Coventry St., Hartford, CT 06112
  • Tue., Aug. 28, 6 pm – 8 pm, New Britain Public Library, 20 High St., New Britain, CT 06051

To learn more about “You’ve Earned a Say,” visit www.earnedasay.org

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a membership that helps people age 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates… AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Posted July 29, 2012

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