AARP South Dakota asking for input on solutions to protect and strengthen retirement security
(Sioux Falls) AARP South Dakota is hitting the road this summer, inviting South Dakotans to weigh in on the future of Medicare and Social Security. Community conversations in 11 South Dakota locations will focus on the challenges facing both Medicare and Social Security in the coming years, and the solutions needed to protect and strengthen the health and financial security South Dakotans rely on in their retirement years.
“Social Security and Medicare are promises our country made to current and future retirees,” said Sarah Jennings, state director for AARP South Dakota. “Some in Washington believe cutting benefits is the way to address the long-term challenges facing the programs that so many of our neighbors across the state rely on in retirement. But AARP believes older South Dakotans deserve responsible commonsense solutions, not harmful cuts.”
AARP South Dakota kicks off its 2013 You’ve Earned a Say tour with the first of 11 sessions across South Dakota held in Sioux Falls, Thursday, May 30, from 1-2 pm at Active Generations. The session is free, and AARP membership is not necessary to attend, but registration is required as seating is limited. Register now, or call 1-877-926-8300 to register. Check our our Event Calendar for a complete list of dates and locations for additional sessions across South Dakota.
“More than 100 concerned South Dakotans turned out for our initial conversation in Sioux Falls last summer – and more than 5,000 South Dakotans shared their thoughts and concerns either in person at one of our stops in every county in South Dakota, or through a series on online questionnaires. This shows Medicare and Social Security are important to South Dakotans and that they want someone to listen to their concerns,” said Jennings.
“Hardworking South Dakotans have paid into Medicare and Social Security their entire lives,” concluded Jennings. “They’ve earned a say in what happens to these programs in the future, and they deserve responsible solutions that keep the promise to seniors, their kids, and their grand kids. We are giving people an opportunity to make their voice heard.”
Hear personal stories and concerns that South Dakotans shared with us during our 66 County Road Trip.