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AETN invites questions about the future of Social Security, Medicare

Program addresses challenges, coverage, benefits

CONWAY, Ark. (AETN) — The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) invites viewer questions for the live, call-in program “You’ve Earned a Say on Social Security and Medicare,” airing Thursday, July 18, at 7 p.m.

In Arkansas, 647,077 people receive Social Security benefits, and 543,000 receive Medicare benefits, according to AARP Arkansas. Arkansans have earned the coverage, benefits, protections and guarantees of Medicare and Social Security, and these programs will face a number of challenges in the coming years, including changing demographics and rising health costs. “You’ve Earned a Say” will allow viewers to participate in a conversation about protecting and strengthening these programs now and in the future.

“Social Security and Medicare are programs of vital importance to Arkansans, who count on these programs to provide the foundation of income security and health care they need in retirement,” Maria Reynolds-Diaz, AARP Arkansas state director, said. “Arkansans have paid into Social Security and Medicare all their working lives.

“They have definitely earned a say in the future of these programs. AARP looks forward to the upcoming AETN call-in show to continue the ongoing conversation on these important issues.”

Panelists include: Robert G. Romasco, national AARP president; Sally Johnson, Beneficiary Relations director, Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care; and Reynolds-Diaz.

Viewers may submit questions and comments by phone, 1-800-662-2386, or e-mail,

Pamela Smith hosts. “You’ve Earned a Say on Social Security and Medicare” is underwritten by AARP Arkansas.

The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) is Arkansas’s statewide public television network that enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. For more information, visit, or follow the AETN blog at AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro), and KETZ (El Dorado).