During a trip to Washington, DC earlier this summer with our AARP South Dakota volunteer State President Dennis Eisnach (Pierre), I had the chance to meet with Senator Tim Johnson, Senator John Thune and Representative Noem. During the meetings, we shared information about AARP SD activities this year and voiced our concerns with the chained CPI proposal which would adversely impact Social Security benefits.
While we did not come to universal agreement on the chained CPI proposal, Dennis and I did come away from the meetings feeling very good about our delegation’s commitment to improving the lives of South Dakota’s 50+ population and their families.
Our delegation understands the struggles many South Dakota seniors have meeting daily expenses, getting to and from appointments or social gatherings, planning for long term care needs, and finding the support they need to stay in their homes as they age. The need to improve transportation options for seniors all over South Dakota is an issue that I think we all agree on, and Dennis and I look forward to sharing information with the congressional staff on the work we are doing to improve transportation services coordination.
I know there are other issues we will be able to work on together in the future as well, and while we may not always agree on everything, I am grateful we have a congressional delegation that is accessible, listens and wants what is best for the 50+ and their families across our great state.
Also watch my explanation of the chained CPI proposal during a recent interview on KSOO’s Viewpoint University.