AARP volunteers and staff from Connecticut and every other state in the nation descended on Capitol Hill this week to express opposition to the President’s proposed Social Security benefit cut known as Chained CPI and to support responsible solutions to strengthen Medicare for Connecticut residents. AARP Connecticut State Director Nora Duncan and State President Laura Green meet with members of Connecticut’s Congressional delegation and their staff on June 12 to urge them to support a separate debate on the future of Social Security and to back specific proposals that would strengthen Medicare and the health care system overall.
“Our families, friends, and neighbors want Washington to listen to them when it comes to Medicare and Social Security,” said AARP Connecticut State President, Laura Green, a resident of Manchester, CT. “They’ve made their voices heard online, at community meetings and events all over our state, and today we’ve brought their message to Washington in the hope that Congress will take notice and act to strengthen these lifeline programs that matter so much to all of us.”
In addition to pushing for a broader retirement security debate on Social Security that is separate from ongoing budget negotiations, AARP is calling on Congress to enact commonsense solutions that can help reduce prescription drug costs, crack down on waste and inefficiency, and improve the coordination of care throughout the entire health care system to bring down costs for everyone, including in Medicare.
AARP’s Nora Duncan said, “By taking action on items that include reducing waste and inefficiency, improving care coordination, and reforming Medicare’s payment incentives to doctors and hospitals, Medicare can remain strong into the future.”
AARP Connecticut will continue to oppose harmful cuts and push for responsible change to strengthen Medicare and Social Security. A series of public meetings is being planned in Connecticut for later this summer and fall to solicit feedback and engage the public in an ongoing conversation about the future of these programs. To learn more about Chained CPI and the specific Medicare solutions supported by AARP, visit www.earnedasay.org.
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